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U18 Premier League: Top performers from 7th October 2023

Trent Kone-Doherty [Credit: Nick Taylor]

The U18 Premier League witnessed an action-packed weekend with standout performances. Let’s dive into the highlights from this thrilling week of academy football.

Mikey Moore – Tottenham Hotspur

Mikey Moore took the spotlight with a remarkable hat-trick and two assists as Spurs dominated Norwich City with a score of 7-2. The England U17 international initiated the scoring by setting up Leo Black for the opener. Shortly after, Moore netted his first goal before half-time. Following the break, he confidently converted a penalty and provided the assist for Callum Olusesi’s goal, sealing his hat-trick with 10 minutes to spare. Moore’s tally now stands at an astonishing 11 goal contributions in just six league matches this season, surpassing his total for the entire previous campaign.

Nicholas Oyekunle – Southampton

Nicholas Oyekunle shone with a brace in Southampton’s thrilling 2-2 draw against West Ham United. Oyekunle’s first goal came after 15 minutes, equalizing the score for the Saints. Just 10 minutes later, he netted his second goal, turning the tide of the game. The 17-year-old’s impressive form continues, with these goals following his first league goal of the season last weekend and a brace in the U18 Premier League Cup.

Adriel Walker – West Bromwich Albion

Adriel Walker played a pivotal role by scoring twice as West Bromwich Albion secured a 3-2 victory over Fulham. Walker, aged 17, restored the Baggies’ lead late in the first half and then confidently slotted home from the penalty spot in the second half, ultimately securing the winning goal. This impressive brace takes his season’s goal tally to six in just six games, doubling his combined total from the past two seasons.

Trent Kone-Doherty – Liverpool

Trent Kone-Doherty displayed an outstanding performance with a hat-trick as Liverpool crushed Sunderland 7-1. The Republic of Ireland U17 international found the net for the Reds’ second goal just before the half-hour mark and doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time. He completed his hat-trick early in the second half, extinguishing any hope of a Sunderland comeback. With five goals in five league matches this campaign, Kone-Doherty is continuing his excellent form from last season.

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Jayden Danns – Liverpool

Jayden Danns contributed significantly to Liverpool’s success, scoring twice and providing two assists in their 7-1 victory over Sunderland. The England U18 international set up Kone-Doherty’s hat-trick goal and Joe Bradshaw for Liverpool’s fifth. In addition to his assists, Danns netted twice in just four minutes late in the second half, maintaining his remarkable scoring record this season. Currently, he leads the U18 Premier League North as the top scorer with eight goals.

Luke Enright – Stoke City

Despite being on the pitch for less than 45 minutes, Luke Enright made a considerable impact, scoring twice in Stoke City’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle United. Enright replaced Emre Tezgel shortly after half-time and wasted no time in making his presence felt. He netted his first goal less than five minutes after coming off the bench and completed his brace five minutes later, securing Stoke City’s victory.

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