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U18 Premier League Cup: Top 5 Performers of Match Day 3 (South)

The final round of the group stage of the U18 Premier League Cup delivered a lot of amazing matches. Eight teams progressed to the quarter finals and the draw for the last 8 matches will take place in the new year. The five best performers of the penultimate group stage games were:

Layton Love – West Bromwich Albion U18

Layton Love scored a hattrick as West Brom thumped Stoke City 5 – 0 to progress to the quarter finals of the U18 Premier League Cup. He has now scored eight goals in ten appearances in all competitions this season. As a result, he has already exceeded his personal tally of seven goals last season. This emphatic result cemented his team as group winners, with Leigh Downing’s side collecting 7 points from a possible 9.

Mikey Moore – Tottenham Hotspur U18

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Mikey Moore scored a brace and assisted a goal, as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Charlton Athletic 5 – 1 to progress to the next round as group winners. The attacker scored his first goal of the match in the 42nd minute. He latched onto a loose ball following a scramble in the Charlton box. The attacker got his brace in the 53rd minute and then four minutes later, he got an assist for his strike partner Will Lankshear, who rolled his shot into the far corner. He capped off a full 90 minutes with three goal contributions.

Ethan Nwaneri – Arsenal U18

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Ethan Nwaneri scored twice in a thrilling 3 – 3 draw against Manchester United. The 15-year-old demonstrated huge amount of responsibility as he was the catalyst in Arsenal coming from 2 – 1 down to lead the match 3 – 2 by the 71st minute. He showed great composure and technique for both of his goals. Nwaneri has contributed to three goals for at U18 level this season. He will want to build on this performance in the future.

Myles Lewis Skelly – Arsenal U18

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The holding midfielder was one of the stand out players for Jack Wilshere’s side. Firstly, he was fouled inside the box prior to Bradley Ibrahim’s penalty kick. Secondly, he assisted Ethan Nwaneri’s first goal as he rode of a challenge from a Manchester United, before laying the ball off to his teammate.

Overall, Lewis Skelly had a positive outing and despite Arsenal failing to qualify for the next round. The England U17s international can be proud of his performance.

Finley Munroe – Aston Villa U18

Aston Villa left back Finley Munroe, impressed again as his side thumped Newcastle United 5 – 1. They sealed their ticket to the next round as group winners. Munroe scored the opening goal for Villa in the 6th minute and scored a penalty late in the game. Munroe, has had two successive games where he has contributed heavily for Aston Villa’s victories against Arsenal and Newcastle United respectively.

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