Tuesday 29 January 2013

Barclays U21s: Wellington puts boot into Arsenal

West Ham do Gunners treble; Liverpool net thrilling Barclays U21 Premier League win over Wolves

  • Chuks Aneke beats West Ham goalscorer Wellington to the ball in the home defeat

There was a London derby win for West Ham United, while Liverpool maintained their unbeaten record as the Barclays Under-21 Premier League resumed on Monday.

Arsenal 0- 2 West Ham United

Arsenal Under-21s were beaten by West Ham United for the third time this season as the Hammers' new January signing Wellington Paulista scored on his debut.

On a wet and windy day at London Colney the Hammers produced both of their goals in the first half with Matthias Fanimo, who recently signed a new deal with the Irons, scoring the visitors' other goal. The Gunners created enough chances to come back into the game, notably when Thomas Eisfeld was denied by a combination of Raphael Spiegel and Jordan Spence at the start of the second half, but Terry Burton's side were unable to convert dominance into goals.

Arsenal match report | West Ham match report

Liverpool 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool are the only side to remain unbeaten but they had to bring out all the stops to overcome Wolves in a five-goal thriller at Kirkby.

The Reds had trounced Wolves 5-1 at Molineux in November but had to come from behind to snatch victory thanks to Germany Under-21 international Samed Yesil, who pounced with a late winner.

The hosts had started well with Krisztian Adorjan opening the scoring with his ninth goal of the season, but a Conor Coady own goal levelled terms before Sam Winnall made it 2-1 to the visitors by converting the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Danny Ward.

However, with ten minutes left on the clock Marc Pelosi brought the Reds back into the game and the United States Under-21 player then teed up Yesil to score the last-gasp winner.

Liverpool match report.

Sunderland 2-2 Fulham

In Group 1 Jordan Laidler scored a late equaliser as Sunderland secured a home draw in their first match of Phase 2 against Fulham.

The visitors began well, hitting the post early on, but Kevin Ball’s charges took the lead on the quarter-hour when Fulham keeper Csaba Somogyi parried Laidler's shot into the path of George Honeyman, who prodded the ball in from close range.

Fulham responded well, however, and scored either side of half-time through Lauri Dalla Valle's penalty, awarded for a foul by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Ryan Williams, and Tom Donegan, who pounced on an underhit back-pass by Wade Joyce. Laidler's emphatic finish, four minutes from time, ensured the spoils were shared.

Sunderland match report | Fulham match report

The evening match between Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers at the Weaver Stadium, of Nantwich Town has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results

For full results click here

Elite Group
Tottenham Hotspur (Coulthirst, Pritchard) 2-2 Southampton (Reeves 2)
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United (Wellington, Fanimo)
Liverpool (Adorjan, Pelosi, Yesil) 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Coady OG, Winnall)

Group 1
Chelsea (Feruz 2, Baker) 3-2 Middlesbrough (Brobbel, Williams)
Sunderland (Honeyman, Laidler) 2-2 Fulham (Dalla Valle, Donegan)

Group 2
Stoke City P-P Bolton Wanderers

Fixtures

Download full fixture list here

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Wellington Paulista scores as West Ham complete the treble over Arsenal
  • Liverpool continue their unbeaten run with a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Sunderland share a 2-2 home draw with Fulham

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