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U18 Premier League: Top performers from 18th March 2023

Ato Ampah [Credit: Chelsea FC Media]

13 fixtures took place in the U18 Premier League this weekend, six in the south and seven in the north. Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table in the north was cut down to seven points. Meanwhile, in the south, U18 Premier League Cup finalists Aston Villa moved off the bottom of the table. Here are the standout stars from another thrilling week of academy football.

North

Conor Brown, Nottingham Forest

Conor Brown scored a hat-trick in Nottingham Forest’s 4-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers. The 17-year-old opened the scoring with a first-half penalty. He then scored two more in the second half to win the game despite Forest being down to 10 men. Surprisingly, Brown had not scored a goal this season before the weekend but he has broken his duck in some style.

Jake Waters, Sunderland

Jake Waters scored two goals as Sunderland beat Liverpool 5-2. The 17-year-old only entered the pitch at half-time but wasted no time making his mark. The forward netted his first goal within a minute of coming on and added a second five minutes later. His brace moves him up to double figures for goal contributions in the U18 Premier League this season.

Mason Cotcher, Sunderland

Mason Cotcher also grabbed a brace in Sunderland’s win against Liverpool. The England U17 international scored the second and third goal to see the Black Cats into the interval with a 3-1 lead. His brace helped Sunderland cut the gap to leaders Man City to seven points. The forward now has six goals in his 13 league appearances this season.

South

Jamie Donley, Tottenham Hotspur

Jamie Donley scored two goals and notched an assist as Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 3-2. The England U18 international set up Rio Kyerematen for the opener after four minutes. He then doubled the lead thirty minutes later before the Gunners pulled it back to 2-2. The forward then held his nerve to score the winner from the penalty spot in the second half.

Zach Marsh, Crystal Palace

Zach Marsh was the star man in Crystal Palace’s 5-1 victory over Leicester. The 17-year-old opened the scoring from the penalty spot after seven minutes and quickly added an assist for David Obou a few minutes later. He also tucked away a second penalty of the game in the second half. The forward’s haul takes him to seven goals and ten assists in the U18 Premier League.

Ato Ampah, Chelsea

Ato Ampah grabbed three assists as Chelsea thrashed Southampton 5-2. The midfielder set up Donnell McNeilly in the first half before adding assists for Michael Golding and Louis Flower after the break as the Blues ran riot against the Saints. The 16-year-old is enjoying his breakthrough season at U18 level and this weekend was one of his best returns yet.

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