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Manchester City win the U18 Premier League national title

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Justin Oboavwoduo scored a brace as Manchester City won the U18 Premier League national title for the third successive season, beating West Ham United 2-1 after extra time.

They had to come from behind when Gideon Kodua put the Hammers in front in the first half. Oboavwoduo headed home after the break to send the game to extra time before the forward completed the turnaround for City in the 101st minute.

West Ham took the lead in the 30th minute when Patrick Kelly drove forward from midfield before slotting a perfectly weighted through ball for Kodua who tucked away a first-time shot into the bottom corner.

Man City went close to an equaliser eight minutes later following a smart move which resulted in Justin Oboavwoduo finding space for a shot in the box. The forward unleashed an effort towards goal which forced a strong save.

City spurned a glorious chance to level the game in first-half stoppage time when following a brilliant ball over the top to Will Dickson who brought it down but dragged his effort across the face of goal and wide.

The home side had another chance to equalise in the 73rd minute when Nico O’Reilly broke down the left before poking the ball up for substitute Ashton Muir who had a volley at goal which drew a good save.

They got the leveller two minutes later when Kane Taylor curled in a wide free kick which Oboavwoduo met with a powerful header that squeezed under the goalkeeper and in.

City had a chance to go in front in the first half of extra time following some good play down the left-hand side which opened up space for Muir to curl one towards the top corner but his effort drew another good save.

The Citizens took the lead in the 101st minute when Taylor broke in behind and got a shot away. His effort was saved but the Oboavwoduo reacted fastest to the second ball and tucked away the rebound for his second goal.

City held on to secure a historic third consecutive U18 Premier League title after beating Southampton 2-1 last season and Fulham 3-1 the year before.

West Ham missed out on securing a double but it has certainly been a season to remember with the Southern title and the FA Youth Cup to their names.

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