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U18 Premier League: Top performers from 13th – 16th April 2024

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A full weekend of fixtures took place in the U18 Premier League from 13th – 16th April. Manchester United were crowned U18 Premier League North champions after securing a 2 – 1 away win against Wolves in midweek after their impressive 4 – 2 win against Stoke City at the weekend. Meanwhile, in the south, leaders Chelsea drew 2 – 2 against West Brom and closest challengers West Ham fell to an 8 – 1 defeat against London rivals Arsenal. Here are the standout performers from another week of U18 Premier League football.

Chido Obi-Martin, Arsenal

Chido Obi-Martin netted five goals as Arsenal emphatically defeated London rivals West Ham 8 – 1. The Denmark U17 striker, who has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season, scored four goals within the opening 40 minutes of the first half as Arsenal went into half-time with a 5 – 0 lead. In the second half, Obi Martin scored his fifth goal in the 61st minute as Arsenal went on to win the match 8 – 1. He is the leading goalscorer in the U18 Premier League with 21 goals.

Gabriele Biancheri, Manchester United

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Gabriele Biancheri scored three goals in two games within three days to help secure the U18 Premier League North title for Manchester United. The Wales U17 international took his goal-scoring tally in the league to 10 league goals, and he will hope to increase his goal tally with two league games left and the final match against the winners of the U18 Premier League South for the national title.

Errol Mundle-Smith, Norwich City

Errol Mundle-Smith scored a brace in midweek to give Norwich City a vital 2 – 0 win against Tottenham Hotspur. This was Norwich City’s first win in six games in all competitions, with their last victory being a 2 – 1 away win against Leicester City. Mundle-Smith opened the scoring for his side in the 30th minute, and then in the 81st minute, he sealed the win for Norwich City courtesy of an assist from Alex Roberts. His double on Tuesday afternoon took his tally to seven league goals.

Joseph Gibbard, Crystal Palace

Joseph Gibbard got on the scoresheet twice as Crystal Palace defeated Southampton 3 – 0 away from home, as they recorded their fourth league win in a row. His brace at the weekend was his first league goals of the 2023/24 U18 Premier League campaign.

Gibbard opened the scoring for Crystal Palace in the 3rd minute after good play from Finley Marjoram and Matteo Dashi, with the latter teeing up Gibbard, who shot outside of the box first time to give his side an early lead. Gibbard got his second goal in the 39th minute after good pressing from the midfielder, dispossessing the Southampton defender as they tried to play out from the back, and he slotted calmly to score his second goal of the match. 

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