The Arsenal u18s kept their unbeaten pre-season run but had to settle for a draw as they were reduced to 10 men against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
As the Arsenal u18s continue their Devon training camp, they took on Plymouth Argyle’s u18s on Saturday. Coming just a couple of days after their confident win over Tavistock AFC, there were obviously a few changes so others could get chances.
One of those was in goal, with Alex Kovacevic replacing Remy Mitchell. At first, Kovacevic seemed a little off the pace, being caught in possession for an early Argyle chance. Fortunately, the Arsenal defence managed to block the shot and clear.
Kaleel Green had a couple of chances at the other end, forcing two saves after his excellent goal last week against Chelmsford City academy. Kovacevic was then called into action again and made a strong low save to ensure the scores remained level at half-time.
Soon after the break, Henry Timi Davies gave Arsenal the lead with a deflected effort into the corner. He was another to impress against Chelmsford, and clearly he’s keeping that early pre-season form up.
Kovacevic had to make a few more excellent saves, more than making up for his slow start. But the game didn’t quite end as planned, as Arsenal conceded and were reduced to 10 men through a Henry Jeffcott second yellow in the last 10 minutes.
Despite the late equaliser and sending off, Arsenal’s u18s will be pleased to have come through another pre-season game without defeat as their preparations continue.