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Saturday 16 March 2013

Barclays U21s: Own goal thwarts Arsenal

West Ham draw 1-1 at Boleyn Ground in Elite Group while Fulham are beaten by Blackburn

Arsenal's Conor Henderson gave his side the lead against West Ham

There were two matches in the Barclays Premier League Under-21 second phase at the end of the week.

West Ham United 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal avoided a fourth defeat at the hands of West Ham United this season but left the Boleyn Ground contemplating what might have been with a 1-1 draw in the Elite Group.

Steve Gatting’s team opened the scoring on 20 minutes through Conor Henderson, but the lead lasted just 12 minutes as Nico Yennaris diverted a cross by Pelly Ruddock into his own net.

The second half was interrupted for 10 minutes by a floodlight failure before both sides went in search of a winning goal. Wellington Paulista, who scored against Arsenal in the reverse fixture in the second phase, headed over two chances before Arsenal's Serge Gnabry, a substitute, hit a post in stoppage time with a shot that, had it gone in, would have taken his team above West Ham in the table.

As it was, a point left Arsenal second from bottom with seven points from seven matches, while West Ham climbed to fourth with nine points from nine matches.

West Ham report | Arsenal report

Fulham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn hit Fulham’s hopes of catching Everton at the top of Group 1 with a narrow victory at Motspur Park on Thursday.

Substitute Osayamen Osawe got the decisive goal in the second half with a header that avenged Fulham’s 3-1 victory at Ewood Park earlier in the week.

Fulham remain five points behind leaders Everton, having played two matches more while the win lifted Blackburn a place to fifth.

Fulham report | Blackburn report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results  

Friday 15 March
Elite Group

West Ham (Yennaris o.g.) 1-1 Arsenal (Henderson)

Thursday 14 March
Group 1

Fulham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (Osawe)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Sunday 17 March
Elite Group
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns, 2pm

Group 1
Everton v Aston Villa, Southport FC, 2pm

Monday 18 March
Elite Group

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, AFC Telford United, 7pm

Group 2
Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City, Lancashire FA, 7pm
Norwich City v Manchester City, Colney Training Centre, 2pm
Reading v Newcastle United, Reading Training Ground, 1pm

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click 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

  • Arsenal avoid a fourth defeat by West Ham at Boleyn Ground in Elite Group
  • Conor Henderson's goal cancelled out by Nico Yennaris own goal in 1-1 draw
  • Fulham beaten 1-0 by Blackburn in Group 1 tie

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