Tuesday 30 April 2013
The race for top spot in the Group 2 of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League will go to the final day after Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers won last night to set up a winner-takes-all match on Friday.
Newcastle came from behind to beat Norwich City and got to the top of Group 2 at Colney Training Centre.
Harrison Heath put the home side, who were aiming to top the group themselves, into the lead on 15 minutes, but Gael Bigirimana curled in a free-kick to mean that the sides went in level at the break.
Dan Gosling then stole in late to head home and send Newcastle above Reading with 22 points after 11 matches.
Bolton got the victory they needed at Selhurst Park to maintain their hopes of top spot. Tom Youngs, who scored the winner against Reading a week earlier, was the scorer of the only goal five minutes before the end.
The three points mean that Bolton have to beat Newcastle by four goals to usurp them for the top spot in Group 2 and a chance to meet Group 1 winners Everton in the play-offs.
Southampton's hopes of catching the top three in the Elite Group were hit by this goalless draw at Staplewood against group winners Tottenham Hotspur.
It was an exciting match with chances at either end but a point moved Southampton up to fourth but with only one match remaining, against West Ham United on Thursday, they need to win that and hope that Liverpool lose their two remaining matches, against Arsenal and Manchester United to qualify for the final phase.
Group 1 winners Everton played out their third goalless draw in succession against Aston Villa team to finish their regular campaign. Both sides hit the woodwork and had a number of other chances to break the deadlock at Bodymoor Heath but neither team could convert. Villa’s Gary Gardner continued his comeback from a long-term knee injury, playing for more than an hour.
Chelsea ended their campaign with a narrow victory over Blackburn Rovers, thanks to a late goal from Billy Clifford. The player, who had just returned from a loan with Colchester United struck the only goal five minutes from time.
Thursday 25 April
Everton 0-0 Chelsea
Friday 26 April
West Ham (Marlow, Lee) 2-1 Liverpool (Adorjan pen)
Wolves (Whittall) 1-0 Man Utd
Fulham (Beading og, David) 2-2 Sunderland (Noble, Gorrin)
Man City (Huws, Guidetti, Suarez) 3-1 Norwich City (Kelly)
Monday, 29 April
Southampton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Chelsea (Clifford) 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace 0-1 Bolton Wanderers (Youngs)
Norwich City (Heath) 1-2 Newcastle United (Bigirimana, Gosling)
7pm unless mentioned
Tuesday, 30 April
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnet
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion, Old Trafford
To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here