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U18 Premier League Cup: Matchday 1 Roundup

Charlie Tasker scored the pick of the goals with a thunderous effort from outside the area. [Credit: Paul Hazelwood]

The 2023-24 U18 Premier League Cup group stages got underway last weekend. A total of 53 goals were scored at the weekend to kick-start the new U18 Premier League Cup campaign.

Brighton & Hove Albion 4 – 0 Stoke City

Goals from Charlie Tasker, Zane Albarus, and a brace from Ronnie Gorman secured Brighton a convincing 4 – 0 win against Stoke City. Brighton is now unbeaten in their opening four games in all competitions. Meanwhile, this was Stoke City’s third loss in a row in all matches this season.

Leicester City 2 – 1 Sunderland

Adam Barradell’s Leicester City opened their group campaign with a 2 – 1 win against Sunderland. Reece Evans scored a brace for the Young Foxes before Cuba Mitchell got a goal for Sunderland in the 41st minute. Leicester City is joint top of Group A with Brighton, with 3 points each.

Arsenal 1 – 1 West Ham United

Arsenal and West Ham United played to a 1 – 1 draw at London Colney. This was the second meeting played by both teams as Arsenal emerged victorious against their opponents, winning 2 – 0 in the opening game of the U18 Premier League South campaign.

Harrison Dudziak gave Jack Wilshere’s side the lead in the 58th minute, but 10-men West Ham equalised with 14 minutes to go through Joshua Ajala, who has now scored two goals in three games in all competitions so far this season.

Derby County 3 – 2 Middlesbrough

Cruz Allen’s winner in the 89th minute secured a massive 3 – 2 victory for Daniel Maye’s side against Middlesbrough, putting them on top of Group B with 3 points, ahead of Arsenal, West Ham, and their opponents. Although Derby took a 2 – 0 lead earlier in the game, Middlesbrough fought back to make it 2 – 2 through Ajay Matthews and Noah Muwana before Allen got the all-important winner for Derby County to start their campaign on a solid note.

Aston Villa 1 – 0 Leeds United

Last season’s runners-up got their group campaign off to a positive start, winning 1 – 0 against Leeds United. Luka Lynch scored the match’s only goal after 20 minutes, breaking into the opposition’s box before finishing cooly. Rory Wilson could have doubled Villa’s lead late in the game as he struck the post, but Aston Villa settled for a 1 – 0 win, starting their Group C campaign on a high. Meanwhile, this was Leeds United’s first loss of the season in all competitions after winning their opening two league games.

Nottingham Forest 4 – 1 Norwich City

Norwich City fell to a 4 – 1 defeat away to Nottingham Forest in their opening group game of the U18 Premier League Cup.

The Young Canaries took the lead in the 14th minute through Errol Mundle-Smith. Connor Brown equalized for Forest in the 29th minute, assisted by Isaac Davies. Davies then got on the scoresheet just before half-time, before Connor Brown got his brace, and then Amarn Robinson sealed the win in the 94th minute. Nottingham Forest leads the way in Group C alongside Aston Villa.

Everton 1 – 2 Manchester City

Ben Wilkinson’s side got their U18 Premier League Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2 – 1 victory against Everton. Matty Warhurst opened the scoring for Manchester City, but Everton equalized in the 64th minute from a penalty kick converted by Martin Sherif. Christian Dunbar-McDonald sealed the win for Manchester City with 11 minutes to go as Ben Wilkinson’s side maintained their 100% start to the 2023/24 footballing season.

Peterborough United 3 – 1 West Brom

Peterborough United came from a goal down to win 3 – 1 against West Brom to secure three points in their opening group match. Adriel Walker scored his fourth goal for West Brom this season and the game’s first goal. However, goals from Tyler Winters, Joel Odei-Larbi, and Joe Davies secured Peterborough United’s first win of the season.

Blackburn Rovers 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Defending champions, Tottenham Hotspur opened their Group E campaign with a convincing 3 – 0 away win against Blackburn Rovers. Goals from Oliver Irow, Callum Osei, and Mikey Moore were enough to seal a well-earned victory in Lancashire on Saturday morning.

Chelsea 4 – 2 Barnsley

Chelsea came from a goal down to win 4 – 2 against Barnsley and secure three points in their first group stage game of the U18 Premier League

Cup. 

The Young Tykes took the lead in the 17th minute through Fabio Jalo’s superb free-kick.

Frankie Runham leveled the scoring for Chelsea in the 38th minute. Then goals from Michael Golding, Shumaira Mheuka, and Saheed Olagunju were enough for Hassan Sulaiman’s side to secure the victory despite another goal scored by their opponents, which Vimal Yoganathan converted. 

Manchester United 4 – 1 Reading

Gabriele Biancheri’s hat-trick alongside Ethan Wheatley’s goal helped Manchester United secure an emphatic win against Reading despite a late consolation goal from Kiyan Smith. Manchester United attacker Biancheri has scored four goals in three appearances this season.

Crystal Palace 6 – 1 Liverpool

Crystal Palace put in a scintillating performance to open their Group G campaign with an impressive 6 – 1 victory against Liverpool. Goals from Hindolo Mustapha, George King, Jesse Derry, and a hat-trick from Zach Marsh saw off the Young Reds despite Jayden Danns scoring the only goal for Liverpool. Rob Quinn’s side is top of Group G with a superior goal difference to Fulham.

Fulham 3 – 2 Newcastle United

Fulham overcame Newcastle United in a five-goal thriller in their opening group match of the U18 Premier League Cup. Callum Osmand’s goal proved to be the winner as Ali Melloul’s side secured a massive three points to go joint top of Group G with London rivals Crystal Palace.

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