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U18 Premier League: Top performers from 28th October 2023

[Credit: Manchester United]

A full weekend of fixtures took place in the U18 Premier League this week. In the south, Tottenham Hotspur extended their lead at the top with a 4-3 win against Chelsea. In the north, Manchester United maintained their 100% win record and moved six points clear at the top. Here are the standout stars from another thrilling week of academy football.

Malachi Sharpe, Manchester United

Malachi Sharpe netted two goals as Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 6-0. The Scotland U17 international scored United’s second goal to see them into half time in control of the fixture. He then added the Red Devils’ fourth on the hour mark to double his tally for the day. The forward came off the bench to score his first goal at U18 level in United’s last league fixture and followed it up with a brace as he continues to establish himself at this level.

Sean Neave, Newcastle United

Sean Neave scored and notched an assist as Newcastle United won 2-1 away at Liverpool. The forward equalised for the Toon shortly after they fell behind before setting up Thomas Bryant for what proved to be the winner. Neave has now scored seven goals in eight U18 Premier League matches this season and his early form was rewarded by winning his first cap for England U17s earlier this month.

Zach Marsh, Crystal Palace

Zach Marsh bagged a brace to help Crystal Palace earn a 3-3 draw against Arsenal. The Eagles found themselves a goal behind at half time but Marsh equalised swiftly after the break. The forward, who turned 18 earlier this month, netted his second later in the half to put Palace in front. The England U18 international has been one of the standout players of the season with 13 goal contributions in 11 matches for club and country this campaign.

Joseph Barough, Reading

Joseph Barough grabbed a goal and assist as Reading came back from two goals down to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2. The forward pulled a goal back for the Royals shortly before the interval before setting up Jayden Porter-Atkinson’s debut stoppage-time winner. Barough is in his breakthrough season at U18 level and his performance against Brighton came off the back of a hat-trick in the U18 Premier League Cup last weekend.

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