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Arsenal U-18’s Out Of The FA Youth Cup

by on December 14, 2011

Arsenal U-18’s were defeated 1-0 by Derby County U-18’s in the F.A Youth Cup third round at Underhill this evening. An extra time winner from Derby striker Kane Richards knocked Steve Bould’s side out this years competition.

Martin Angha and Kyle Ebecilio dropped down from Neil Banfield’s side to start for Arsenal. Zak Ansah returned to his preferred position playing as the alone striker which meant Philip Roberts was on the bench. Summer recruits Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and Serge Gnabry all started, with Kristoffer Olsson only on the bench for Steve Bould’s side. Derby included fifteen year old Mason Bennett in their startling line-up, Bennett has already made his first team debut for Derby this season.

Arsenal U-18’s team – Charles-Cook, Bellerin, Bihmoutine, Monteiro (c), Angha, Wynter, Toral, Ebecilio, Gnabry, Rees, Ansah

Substitutes: Vickers, Hayden, Akpom, Olsson, Roberts

Arsenal U-18’s goalkeeper Charles-Cook saved well from William Hughes’s effort. Good work from Rees who set up Gnabry and the midfielders volley was excellently saved by Morch in the Derby goal. Former Barcelona youth player Toral put in a beautiful ball to Monteiro but his header went wide of the Derby goal. Ebecilio found Ansah in the Derby box the young forward twisted and turned to make room for the shot but Morch palmed it over.

This time Monteiro played in Ansah who was one on one with Morch but the goalkeeper tipped away his effort. Good football from Toral and Ebecilio, the Dutchman’s strike was saved again by Morch. Ansah’s shot just outside the box went inches wide of the Derby goal, Arsenal were getting closer to score. Both sides went in at half-time goalless, Arsenal being the better team in the first-half.

Two minutes to the second-half Morch denied Arsenal again this time from Gnabry’s header.  Dales tried a spectacular volley from distance which was saved well by Charles-Cook in the Arsenal goal. Moments later Charles-Cook denied Dawkins on two occasions, first time in the match Derby were on top.

On the 78th minute Steve Bould decided to take off Jordan Wynter and replace him for Sweden youth international Kristoffer Olsson. This meant Ebecilio and Toral would be the two deeper midfielders with Olsson playing the advanced attacking midfield role behind Ansah.

Ebecilio could have won it for Arsenal in the dying minutes of the second-half but Morch responded quickest to get the ball. A last-ditch tackle from Monteiro stopped Bennett being one-on-one with Charles-Cook. Neither side could score in the second-half which meant the FA Youth Cup match was going in to extra time.

Seven minutes in to extra time, Monteiro was tackled by Richards and the Derby striker went on to score the opening goal of the game. Monteiro thought he was fouled, nearly an instant reply from Arsenal Ansah’s strike hit the side netting. Roberts headed over from Bellerin’s cross late in extra time. Olsson’s free-kick was punched away by the Derby goalkeeper.

Richards had scored the only goal of the game which meant Steve Bould’s side were out of the F.A Youth Cup. You could say they were very unlucky not to score because Derby’s goalkeeper Morch was in excellent form tonight. Arsenal U-18’s next play on Saturday against Charlton Athletic U-18’s at London Colney.

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