West Bromwich Albion U18 2 – 4 Derby County U18
Tyree Wilson was the standout performer for Derby as they got back to winning ways against West Bromwich Albion, scoring two and setting up another of his side’s four goals.
The Rams took the lead early on through Wilson, who had an easy finish from close range thanks to some good work from Jack Stretton. Then on the half-hour mark, they doubled their lead when Jaden Charles whipped in a corner to the near post and saw it turned in by a West Brom player.
Not long after half time the Baggies gave themselves a lifeline through Jovan Malcolm’s back-post header, however, it wasn’t long until they found themselves two goals down once more. Osazee Aghatise, having only been on the field for just over five minutes, made it 3-1 after Wilson was again involved to set up the substitute. The winger then got his second goal of the game in stylish fashion, cleverly dummying his shot to commit the West Brom ‘keeper and allowing himself a simple finish. Tom Fellows grabbed a late consolation goal for the Midlands side, but the game ended 4-2.
Leicester City U18 4-1 Reading U18
After scoring four last week against Norwich in a thrilling draw, Leicester managed to do the same at home to Reading, though this time they had the three points to show for it. Kian Pennant scored the goal to get them back in the game against the Canaries and this time he managed to go one better, scoring either side of half-time to round off a relatively routine win for Leicester.
Pennant grabbed his first of the game after two minutes, with his brother Terell also netting to give the Foxes a 2-0 lead with barely 30 minutes on the clock. Dempsey Arlott-John then made it look easy from the spot, but Reading’s Alfie Anderson pulled one back before the interval to give the visitors hope of salvaging a result. That hope was short-lived however, when Pennant got his second of the game five minutes after half time and helped Leicester see out the rest of the game comfortably.
West Ham U18 2 – 1 Chelsea U18
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season as a brilliant performance from West Ham meant they are now just three points off the league leaders in the U18 Premier League South. Hammers’ star-man, Veron Parkes, scored and set one up to make it nine goals and four assists in 11 games as he continues to enjoy a brilliant season.
It was Chelsea who took the lead after eight minutes though, when some good interplay between George Nunn and Myles Peart-Harris on the right saw Nunn open up his body and curl in a wonderful, left-footed effort from the edge of the box.
The Blues’ lead lasted just over 20 minutes, however when West Ham grabbed an equaliser through Keenan Appiah-Forson, his first goal of the season. Parkes’ lofted pass from the left found Appiah-Forson on the edge of the area, who ran onto the dropping ball and struck a brilliant half-volley into the bottom corner. Moments later, West Ham had the lead. Lennon Peake’s charging run down the right saw him play the ball to Parkes, who hit his first time shot across the Chelsea ‘keeper to make it 2-1 and give his side the win.
Newcastle United U18 1 – 2 Manchester City U18
In the U18 Premier League North, Manchester City scored two late goals to keep themselves top of the table as they beat Newcastle United away from home.
Josh Harrison gave the home side the lead after 14 minutes when he finished inside the area, and they were to hold on to that advantage admirably until the last ten minutes of the game. Having only been on the field for a matter of minutes, midfielder Darko Gyabi got the equaliser City so craved and by now it felt like only a matter of time before they got the winner.
Two minutes from time and with Newcastle trying their best to hold on, James McAtee popped up to secure all three points, scoring his eighth goal of the season. The striker also has an impressive six assists this campaign, making it an overall goal involvement of 14 in 13 league games.
Stoke City U18 1|2 Liverpool U18
Hot on City’s heels are Liverpool, who also got a late goal of their own to take all three points away at Stoke. It wasn’t the greatest of starts from the Reds however, when they found themselves a goal down in the first minute. Andre Godfrinne was waiting in the right place at the right time as the ball dropped to him from a free kick routine, scoring his eighth goal of the season.
Liverpool applied heavy pressure throughout the remainder of the first half and finally got an equaliser in injury time when Layton Stewart, fresh from a brilliant performance the previous week, latched onto a lovely ball through from Tyler Morton to run clear and dink the ball over the onrushing Stoke ‘keeper.
It was a solid performance from Potter’s Mohamed Akandji, who helped to keep his side in the game, however he could not stop the winner when it came with just six minutes left to play. Morton put in a perfect free-kick from the right, which was met by the head of substitute Conor Bradley who couldn’t miss.
Brighton U18 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur U18
After a good win against Fulham in the previous round of fixtures, Spurs were looking to carry that momentum through as they traveled to Brighton, however a brilliant performance from Albion ‘keeper Fynn Talley almost ground that momentum to a juddering halt. Talley kept out Spurs striker Kion Etete on numerous occasions throughout the game, as well as efforts from Rafferty Pedder and captain Dennis Cirkin. The one man who did manage to beat the Brighton stopper, however was the in-form J’Neil Bennett, who’s spectacular 25 yard strike was probably the only way the home side’s ‘keeper was going to be beaten all day.
Everton U18 1 – 0 Middlesbrough U18
Winger Sebastian Quirk grabbed his fourth goal of the season to give Everton the lead in a tight first half, when he ran on to Tom Cannon’s through ball to score. The second half was a much more dominant display from the Toffees however, and they should’ve had more, with Cannon and Lewis Dobbin – who have 17 league goals between them this season – failing to increase the advantage as it finished 1-0.
Blackburn Rovers U18 2-0 Sunderland U18
Sunderland’s disastrous season continues as they suffered their eleventh defeat in as many games and remain rock-bottom of the U18 Premier League North.
Blackburn took the lead with almost a quarter of an hour gone when Lenni Rae Cirino’s perfect cross was headed in from close range by Zak Gilsenan. Rovers then doubled their lead 20 minutes later through winger Sam Burns, who volleyed the ball into the top corner after a pull-back from Luke Brennan.
U18 Premier League North
|9||West Bromwich Albion||16||6||2||8||34||42||-8||20|
U18 Premier League South
|2||West Ham United||17||11||4||2||51||28||23||37|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||17||7||3||7||30||33||-3||24|