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U18 Premier League Cup: Exciting Wins and Stellar Performances in Matchday 2

Joseph Barough scored a hat trick in Reading's 5-3 Victory [Credit Reading FC]

Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Arsenal

Arsenal earned a hard-fought away win against Middlesbrough, with Will Sweet scoring the only goal for Jack Wilshere’s side.

Jakai Bascoe-Fisher and schoolboy Samuel Chinedu made their debuts for Arsenal at this level. Notably, 13-year-old midfielder Max Dowman, who recently made his debut for the Arsenal U18, was given his first-ever start for Jack Wilshere’s side.

The Young Gunners are now joint top of Group B alongside West Ham United.

West Ham United 2 – 1 Derby County

West Ham United came from a goal down to secure a massive 2-1 win against Premier League Northern side Derby County.

Lennon Wheeldon opened the scoring for Derby County in the 46th minute, marking his second goal in the competition. However, Joshua Ajala and Dan Rigge’s long-range strikes clinched the turnaround for Kevin Keen’s side.

Norwich City 1 – 3 Aston Villa

Aston Villa came from behind to win 3-1 against the Canaries. A brace from Rory Wilson and a Charlie Pavey goal were enough for Aston Villa to secure the win, as they now lead Group C with 6 points.

17-year-old Scottish striker Rory Wilson has scored eight goals in his last four games for Aston Villa in all competitions.

Leeds United 4 – 1 Nottingham Forest

Leeds United secured their first three points with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest. A brace from Harvey Vincent and goals from Finley Gorman and Marley Wilson dismantled Nottingham Forest, despite a consolation goal scored by Archie Whitehall.

Leeds United are level on points with Nottingham Forest in second place, and their win ended their six-game winless streak.

Manchester City 5 – 1 Peterborough United

Manchester City continued their strong start in the U18 Premier League Cup, securing a convincing 5-1 win against Peterborough United. A brace from Jaden Heskey and goals from Farid Alfa-Ruprecht, Luca Fletcher, and Daniel Batty secured a comfortable win for Ben Wilkinson’s side, despite a consolation goal from the visitors, which Joseph Davies scored. Manchester City is now top of Group D with 6 points.

West Brom 1 – 2 Everton

Goals from George Morgan and Joel Catesby helped Everton secure their first three points in the competition. Although, Divine Onyemachi got a goal back for West Brom in the 89th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 4 Chelsea

Ten-man Chelsea came from two goals down to win an enthralling London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. Mikey Moore opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 3rd minute. Then Oliver Irow capitalized on a mistake from Chelsea keeper Max Merrick to double his side’s lead, and Jimmy-Jay Morgan halved the deficit 13 minutes before half-time. Yusuf Akhamrich extended Spurs’s lead in the 52nd minute, and then Reiss Russell-Denny and Shumaira Mheuka scored to make it 3-3. Reiss Russell-Denny secured the win for Hassan Sulaiman’s side when he capitalized on a corner kick from Frankie Runham.

Tottenham Hotspur’s six-game winning run in all competitions came to an end.

Barnsley 3 – 3 Blackburn Rovers

Fabio Jalo and Zack Stritch scored a hat-trick each as both teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw to secure their first points.

Fabio Jalo’s first-half hat-trick helped Barnsley go into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead. However, Zack Stritch scored a quick hat-trick in the last 17 minutes for Blackburn Rovers as they managed to earn a solitary point from a losing position.

Wolves 1 – 0 Manchester United

Leon Chiwome’s goal in the 56th minute was enough for Wolves to clinch a massive victory against Manchester United. Chiwome converted a first-time finish past Elyh Harrison from the edge of the area to earn the 3 points for Wolves.

Reading 5 – 3 Southampton

Joseph Barough’s hat-trick inspired Reading to an emphatic 5-3 victory against Southampton, securing their first three points. Reading’s victory ended their five-game winless streak in all competitions. Wolves also winning the other group match throws Group F wide open going into the last round of group matches.

Liverpool 3 – 5 Fulham

Both teams engaged in an eight-goal thriller as Fulham overcame their opponents, sealing their second win in the group. Callum Osmand, Jonathan Esenga, Lemar Gordon, Thomas Olyott, and Chibuzo Nwoko all found the net for Fulham, who currently lead the way in Group G with 6 points.

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