Arsenal got back to winning ways in the u18 Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Norwich City on Friday.
The Gunners had fallen to a disappointing defeat in the last round of fixtures, mostly as a result of so many u23 players getting a chance for the first team, which left the usual u18s playing for the u23s.
The players filling in couldn’t prevent the Leicester u18s winning 2-0, so it was important to get back to winning ways against Norwich.
Arsenal kicked off the match at midday, and took an early lead in the first half courtesy of Folarin Balogun, who scored on the turn for his fifth goal in eight u18 Premier League matches.
The 16-year-old also provided an assist in those games, and has been a starter for almost every u18 game this season, aside from when he was called up for the u23s in late October.
Danny Ballard then scored his second of the season (and second in the last three matches), as the centre-back headed in a corner to make it 2-0. The 18-year-old was captaining the side for the third match in a row.
The Gunners rarely looked like throwing away their lead in the second half, and midfielder Matt Smith scored his first goal of the season late on to seal the win. A confident and encouraging display from the young Gunners, and the perfect way to get their league campaign back on track.
Line up: Virginia, Clarke, Thompson, Benson, Ballard (c), Omole, Amaechi, Smith, Balogun, Coyle, Swanson.
Subs: John-Jules (for Balogun), Olayinka (for Coyle), Burton (for Amaechi). Unused: Barden, Spencer-Adams.