Arsenal were forced to share the spoils in an entertaining but frustrating 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday morning.
Goals from Josh DaSilva and Fulham’s Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson meant both sides came away with a point, but it really should’ve been all three for Kwame Ampadu’s side in this behind-closed-doors game.
After an action-packed start to proceedings, it was clear that Arsenal were in the ascendancy after hitting the post and having a goal-bound shot cleared off the line by right-back, Joe Felix.
Despite this early dominance, Fulham managed to carve open chances of their own.
Thorsteinsson completed a number of probing dribbles in the final third as the young Whites went in search of the opener, but DaSilva eventually found the back of the net from a free-kick which squeezed in at the near post.
The scores were soon level though, as striker Isaac Pearce was needlessly hauled down in the area and Thorsteinsson made no mistake from twelve yards to equalise.
The goal seemed to rejuvenate our visitors as Fulham were increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack in the second-half, but they were unable to convert chances created into any further goals as the scoreline remained 1-1 for the remainder of the match.
This result leaves us still top of this season’s Premier League U18 South Division, but having missed the opportunity to open the gap between ourselves and the chasing pack, both West Ham and Chelsea are only a point behind us with eight matches played.
Jody Morris’s Chelsea side picked up a 2-0 home victory over Reading, whilst Korrey Henry scored a hat-trick for the Hammers as they beat Norwich 5-2 away.
Next the u18s have an away game against the aforementioned Reading, who are by no means an easy task for Kwame Ampadu’s side.