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Second half comeback sees Arsenal into the quarter final of the FA Youth Cup

[Credit: Arsenal Academy]

Watford U18 2 – 4 Arsenal U18

Arsenal produced a blockbuster second half comeback led by Amario Cozier-Duberry to progress to the quarter final of the FA Youth Cup.

Going into the match the hornets had won three out of their previous five and progressed to the fifth round by beating Everton 3-1. Arsenal were looking to continue their four-game unbeaten run and the gunners enjoyed some late drama in the previous round as Osman Kamara scored an 87th minute winner to put his side in the fifth round.

The hosts took the lead inside two minutes, Adrian Blake charged down the left-hand side and drilled the ball across the box to find Michael Adu-Poku who converted for 1-0.

12 minutes later, Blake was at the forefront of the action again using fast footwork to make space at the by-line and his low cross was tapped in by Tobi Adeyemo.

Arsenal started to create more chances as the first half went on and kept pushing for a goal despite going 2-0 down early on.

In the 55th minute a Cozier-Duberry free kick struck the left-hand post with the ball finding the feet of Kamara and the substitute was brought down in the box for a penalty.

Cozier-Duberry was a threat throughout for the gunners and buried his penalty into the bottom left corner to half the deficit.

After 64 minutes Arsenal grabbed the equaliser, Bradley Ibrahim’s shot was rebounded into the path of Kamara who found the back of the net.

Jack Wilshere’s side turned the game completely on its head as Michal Rosiak fired his team into the lead with a half volley from six yards just two minutes after the equaliser.

To cap off a whirlwind few minutes, the visitors won another penalty through Miles Lewis-Skelly as Arsenal hit stride. Cozier-Duberry was composed once again and slotted home to make it 4-2.

The victory means that the seven-time winners go through to the quarter final and will face the winner of Cambridge United vs Sheffield Wednesday.

[Credit: Arsenal Academy]

Both teams will be in action on the 11th of February. Watford host Charlton Athletic in the U18 Professional Development League while the gunners will travel to Brighton in the U18 Premier League.

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