Tuesday 04 September 2012

City U21s held as Arsenal and Newcastle win

Arsenal and Newcastle seal commanding U21 wins while Man City draw 2-2 at Liverpool

  • Scott Sinclair missed a penalty as Man City drew 2-2 at Liverpool's Kirkby Academy

Group 3

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Two goals from Marc Pelosi earned Liverpool a 2-2 draw against a Manchester City side that featured new signing Scott Sinclair and England midfielder Gareth Barry.

The United States youth international gave Liverpool the lead after 40 minutes of their Group 3 match but the home side, playing at their Kirkby Academy in front of Brendan Rodgers, the first-team manager, could not hold on it. Sinclair, making his first appearance in a Man City shirt since signing from Swansea City, took a penalty but hit a post. However, Jordi Mayfuila was on hand to slot in the rebound.

After the break City took the lead through another penalty that Denis Suarez took and converted, but with eight minutes remaining, Pelosi was in the right place to score after a good run from Michael Ngoo.

After three matches, City and Liverpool top the group with five points apiece.
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Group 1

Arsenal 3-0 Everton

Two penalties from Sanchez Watt helped Arsenal to maintain their 100 per cent record as they beat Everton 3-0 at Barnet's Underhill stadium.

Just a minute before half-time Jernade Meade was brought down in the area for Watt to give Arsenal the lead. Despite having most of the play in the second half Arsenal were almost pegged back by George Green's shot but James Shea made a save.

The second goal came in a similar fashion to the first as Meade was again fouled and Watt converted the spot-kick. Kyle Ebicilio's last-minute goal meant that Arsenal struck three times for the third successive match.
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West Ham United 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

West Ham United suffered their first defeat of the campaign as they went down 2-0  to Bolton Wanderers. The Hammers, who had scored eight goals and conceded just two in winning their first two Group 1 games, were undone by breakaway goals from James Kelly and David Ngog in a match played at Upton Park, where season ticket-holders were granted free entry and tickets were sold at a knockdown £3 and £1 for concessions.
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Norwich City 0-3 Reading

A hat-trick from Lawson D'Ath meant that Reading inflicted Norwich City's first defeat of the season, going down 3-0 at their Colney training ground. D'Ath put Reading two up within the first seven minutes of the match and, although the home side looked to recover and hit an upright through Jamar Loza, it was Reading who were to score again. This time, D'Ath struck late on, converting a cross from Uche Ikpeazu.
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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

West Bromwich Albion twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers. Second-half strikes by Kemar Roofe and Romaine Sawyers earned the hosts a point after twice trailing the visitors, who had taken the lead in the first half through a Donervorn Daniels own goal and then Hugo Fernandez Molina's 58th-minute strike.
(Full report)

Group 2

Stoke City 1-5 Newcastle United

Bradden Inman scored a hat-trick as Newcastle United continued their free-scoring ways against Stoke City, inflicting a 5-1 defeat upon their hosts. Marcus Maddison and JJ Hooper were also on target against the Potters, whose reply came from a triallist in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Britannia Stadium. Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 on the opening day, have netted 11 times in their two matches.
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Southampton 3-3 Aston Villa

Southampton came from 3-0 down to secure a point at home to Aston Villa. Danny Devine gave the visiting side the lead after just three minutes at Southampton's Staplewood traning ground. Daniel Johnson doubled it on 25 minutes after rounding new signing Cody Cropper in the Southampton goal and four minutes later Villa led by three with a goal from Danny O'Brien.

The home side soon reduced the deficit, Corby Moore getting the goal, and 11 minutes after the break Lloyd Isgrove, a substitute, made it 2-3. The comeback was complete in the 88th minute when Sam Hoskins fired home from close range to preserve the Saints' unbeaten start after they had beaten Sunderland 3-2 in their opening match. Villa also won their first match, 3-0 against Stoke City.
(Full report)

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Monday, September 3rd, 2012
GROUP 1

Arsenal 3-0 Everton (Underhill)
Norwich City 0-3 Reading (Colney Training Ground)
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Blackburn Rovers (WBA Training Ground)
West Ham United 0-2 Bolton Wanderers (Upton Park)

GROUP 2
Southampton 3-3 Aston Villa (Staplewood Training Ground)
Stoke City 1-5 Newcastle United (Britannia Stadium)

GROUP 3
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

For all the results and the latest league tables, click here

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Key Points

  • Marc Pelosi scores twice as Liverpool draw 2-2 against Manchester City
  • Two penalties from Sanchez Watt helps Arsenal to a 3-0 victory over Everton
  • West Ham United lose 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers