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U18 Premier League Cup: Quarter Final Round-up

[Credit: John Peters]

The quarter-finals of the U18 Premier League Cup began on Saturday, February 3rd. Last season’s losing finalists, Aston Villa, were knocked out in the last eight by Crystal Palace, while Leicester City defeated two-time winners Chelsea.

Crystal Palace 3 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace faced Aston Villa in their first-ever knockout game in the U18 Premier League Cup. Rob Quinn’s side convincingly secured an emphatic 3-0 victory with goals from Seb Williams and a brace from Jesse Derry. Crystal Palace’s new signing, Luke Browne, made his first start for the club since joining from Irish side Shelbourne. Crystal Palace proved to be the dominant side against Aston Villa, progressing to their first-ever semi-final of the U18 Premier League Cup.

Manchester United 4 – 2 Arsenal

Manchester United won a pulsating six-goal thriller after extra time, progressing to the semi-finals at the expense of 10-man Arsenal. Both teams appeared in their first knockout game of the competition in two years. Jack Kingdon gave Manchester United the lead in the 42nd minute. Arsenal responded through Osman Kamara in the 59th minute. Two minutes later, Ethan Williams restored Manchester United’s lead after dispossessing Joshua Nichols and placing his effort past Alexei Rojas. Joshua Nichols redeemed himself, scoring the equaliser for Arsenal in the 68th minute. Another goal from Ethan Williams and Louis Jackson completed the win for Adam Lawrence’s side in extra time. Arsenal’s misery was further compounded as Luis Brown was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 119th minute.

Manchester City 2 – 1 West Ham United

Two-time winners Manchester City advanced to their third semi-final with a 2-1 win against West Ham United. Michael Okeke and Ashton Muir got on the scoresheet for Ben Wilkinson’s side, despite a late consolation goal from Mehmet Halim. Both teams had already met a few weeks ago in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, which Manchester City won in extra time. West Ham United hoped for some form of revenge, but Manchester City emerged as the worthy winners.

Chelsea 1 – 2 Leicester City

Leicester City produced a shock result, knocking out two-time winners Chelsea from the U18 Premier League Cup. Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny opened the scoring for Chelsea in the opening 20 minutes. In the second half, Leicester fought back from a goal down as Jake Evans and Toby Ononaye scored to secure Leicester City’s passage to the competition’s semi-finals.

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