Saturday 10 November 2018, 11:00am at Arsenal Training Centre, London Colney
Arsenal U18s
Spencer-Adams 61', 72'; Martin 66'; Balogun 90'
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s

61' Goal

Bayli Spencer-Adams
Assist by Ben Cottrell

66' Goal

Josh Martin

72' Goal

Bayli Spencer-Adams

90' Goal

Florian Balogun

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Martin
Off:Ryan Alebiousu

58' Yellow Card

Timmy Abraham Card was given for a foul

89' 2nd Yellow Card

Timmy Abraham Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathon Page
Off:Ryan De Havilland

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Idris Odutayo
Off:Sylvester Jasper

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Showkat Tahir

Four second half goals from The Gunners saw Fulham Under-18s exit the PL Cup in a more than challenging group.

Gunners Make Second Half Count

Saturday 10 November 2018 17:20

Fulham Under-18s were beaten 4-0 by a strong Arsenal side on Saturday morning at The Gunners’ London Colney based training centre in the Premier League Cup.

The two teams headed into the break at 0-0 after a strongly contested first half but a dominant second half performance from Arsenal saw goals from Josh Martin, Folarin Balogun and a brace from Bayli Spencer-Adams.

The Young Whites started the game brightly pressing from the front, trying to force Arsenal into early mistakes.

The first chance of the game fell to Timmy Abraham after he took the ball down well on his chest with his back towards the goal, holding off two defenders, he spun and fired his shot straight at Karl Hein.

Showkat Tahir went close on the ten-minute mark after his first time shot on the edge of the box flashed past the post.

Arsenal saw their first chance of the game saved well by Toni Stahl, after he was equal to Matthew Smith’s free kick on the edge of the box.

The Gunners had their best chance of the first half five minutes later, Ben Cottrell played a defence splitting ball towards Folarin Balogun. The young striker rounded Stahl but good covering from Zico Asare and Riley Warland prevented a certain goal for Arsenal.

Fulham responded well, Sylvester Jasper showed his pace down the left wing playing in Ryan De Havilland whose long-range shot struck the outside of the post.

Jasper showed some trickery on the edge of the box which saw him win a free kick but De Havilland’s effort was comfortable for Hein.

Fulham went close just before the break, after great work from Ben Davis in midfield, he played the ball out to De Havilland on the left wing. The young midfielder cut in onto his right and played a smart ball into Abraham which the keeper was alert to as he smothered the chance.

Both teams went into the break at 0-0.

The second half got underway and Arsenal started strongly, Stahl was called into action straight away after Matthew Smith played in Balogun who’s effort was smartly palmed away from danger.

Shortly after, Zico Asare showed his physical strength at the back despite being outnumbered by Arsenal attackers when he blocked Trae Coyle’s shot. The centre back then reacted quickest to shrug off two Arsenal players and carry the ball out into the midfield.

After surviving Arsenal’s initial onslaught, Fulham continued to press high which resulted in Abraham receiving a yellow card after a missed timed tackle high up the pitch.

The Young Whites created their first chance of the second half when Connor McAvoy found Sonny Hilton in space on the right wing. Hilton beat his man with a quick burst of pace but his shot was blocked for a corner. 

Arsenal were dangerous on the counter with their first goal coming after 60 minutes, Balogun won his side a corner after a rapid counter attack. Cottrell whipped the ball into the crowed box towards Bayli Spencer-Adams who jumped highest and headed past Stahl.

Arsenal’s second came minutes later, when substitute Josh Martin fired his shot into the top left-hand corner from just outside the box after Stahl was forced out of position from an initial shot.

The Young Whites responded well to going two behind in quick succession, Davis saw two long range shots flash just past the post.

However, Arsenal’s third goal came from another quick counter attack which resulted in a corner kick, Trae Coyle showed quick feet down the left wing winning a corner for his side.

Once again, Cottrell found Spencer-Adams whose header took a slight deflection which took it past Stahl.

Despite going three down in just over ten minutes Fulham still showed signs of life, substitute Terry Ablade shielded the ball well on the edge of the box and found Davis who again fired just wide.

Timmy Abraham was sent off late on, after receiving a second yellow card following a challenge on James Olaynika.

There was time for one last Arsenal attack which saw Balogun score the goal of the game, he showed good feet in the box and then fired his effort into top left-hand corner leaving Stahl with no chance.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Saturday 10 November 2018
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Arsenal Training Centre, London Colney

Arsenal U18s

Line-up: Hein; Daley-Campbell, McGuiness, Spencer-Adams, Ogungbo; Olaynika, Smith; Cottrell, Cole, Alebiousu (Martin 56'); Balogun

Unused substitutes: Dennis, Okonkwo

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Stahl; McAvoy, Asare, Warland, Cover; Davis, De Havilland (Page 64'); Jasper (Odutayo 73'), Hilton, Tahir (Ablade 78'); Abraham

Arsenal U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Karl Hein
  • 2Vontae Daley-Campbell
  • 5Mark McGuiness
  • 6Bayli Spencer-Adams
  • 3Mazeeu Ogungbo
  • 8James Olaynika
  • 4Matt Smith
  • 7Ben Cottrell
  • 10Trae Cole
  • 11Ryan Alebiousu
  • 9Florian Balogun
  • 12Matt Dennis
  • 13Arthur Okonkwo
  • 14Josh Martin
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Toni Stahl
  • 2Connor McAvoy
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Riley Warland
  • 3Tristan Cover
  • 8Ben Davis
  • 4Ryan De Havilland
  • 7Sylvester Jasper
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Showkat Tahir
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 14Jonathon Page
  • 15Terry Ablade
  • 16Idris Odutayo