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Match report: Rotherham 1-2 Arsenal U-18s

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                  Patino (75)
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Patino (75)
Ogungbo (86)

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-18s booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night with a dramatic late winner against Rotherham United.

Charlie Patino delivered an outstanding performance in midfield and capped it off with a stunner from distance, while Mazeed Ugungbo bounced back from an error to secure the victory.

Rotherham started well on the night with Charlie Smith glancing a header wide, before Brooke Norton-Cuffy had to make an important intervention to cut out the danger.

The hosts then had a penalty claim waved away by the referee, but this sparked us back into life with James Sweet and Omari Hutchinson coming close either side of the break.

We continued to push on in search of an opener, before Patino let fly from distance and found the top corner in style.

Rotherham showed good spirit to bounce back, and found themselves level shortly after following a late challenge from Ogungbo inside the area.

Jerome Greaves stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, but there would be one last twist to the tale, as Ogunbgo redeemed himself by heading home from Hutchinson’s corner in the last minute.

WHAT IT MEANS

Stay close to Arsenal.com and @ArsenalAcademy for further details about the fourth round

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face Chelsea in the U-18 Premier League on Saturday, December 19.

The game will take place at London Colney with kick-off at 11am (UK time).

Post-Match Report

Match report: Brighton 3-2 Arsenal U-18s

WHAT HAPPENED

Despite a spirited display from start to finish, our under-18s were beaten 3-2 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Omari Hutchinson scored twice and delivered an outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough to secure a share of the spoils.

Ken Gillard made one change from our 1-0 victory over West Ham last Tuesday with Mauro Bandeira replacing James Sweet.

Brighton ran out 5-0 winners the last time we met in this competition - and they made a fast start once again, as Ed Turns opened the scoring with a powerful header from a corner.

The hosts then went on to double their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark through Zak Emmerson, who raced away on the counter and coolly finished past Hubert Graczyk.

But we bounced back before the half-time interval, as Graczyk set Hutchinson free down the left to run the length of the pitch, before wriggling past two defenders and firing home.

Brighton responded well after the restart, however, as Emmerson doubled his tally just 15 seconds after the referee’s whistle.

Hutchinson reduced the deficit once more late on, showing great composure to finish from the spot, but it was ultimately too little too late. 

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face West Brom on Saturday, February 27.

The game will take place at London Colney with kick-off at 12pm (UK time).

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