Tuesday 20 August 2013
The second round of matches in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League produced a rush of goals as the defending champions Manchester United suffered defeat, while Tottenham Hotspur continued to impress, hitting Manchester City for six.
Manchester United opened the defence of their Barclays Under-21 Premier League title with defeat by Liverpool in an exciting encounter at the Salford City Stadium.
Larnell Cole, who scored a hat-trick for United against the Merseysiders in their Barclays U21 Premier League semi-final last year, opened the scoring before Liverpool's Jordan Ibe equalised with a solo effort.
Adam Morgan and Fabio Borini extended the away side's advantage with just 20 minutes played, but England Under-21 international Jesse Lingard pulled one back for Warren Joyce's side before the break.
The second half was more sedate by comparison, but Borini, who was an unused substitute in the senior side's opening Barclays Premier League match against Stoke City last weekend, took the ball around United goalkeeper Ben Amos late on to tap in and seal a memorable win for Alex Inglethorpe's charges.
In another high-scoring match, Tottenham Hotspur, who were beaten finalists in last year's Barclays U21 Premier League final, continued their excellent start to the new season with a 6-3 win over Manchester City that featured a hat-trick from forward Harry Kane.
Spurs fielded an experienced side, featuring Brazil midfielder Sandro, and it only took the home side three minutes to open the scoring when Tom Carroll got his first goal of the season. Kane converted from a one-on-one to make it 2-0 but Patrick Vieira's side halved the deficit before half-time when Marcos Lopes scored from outside the box.
Spurs were rampant early in the second half as Iago Falque scored after 52 minutes – his third of the campaign – and Kane bagged a brace within 15 minutes to register his treble. Harry Bunn and George Glendon pulled two back for the away side but Shaquile Coulthirst netted in injury time, his second goal in two games, for an emphatic scoreline.
After an opening defeat against West Ham United, Aston Villa notched their first win of the season against Norwich at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent.
Winger Jack Grealish scored the only goal just before half-time, the 17-year-old converting Callum Robinson's cross to register Villa's first goal of the season.
After beating Stoke City 4-1 in their opening match, this was Norwich's first defeat of the campaign. First-team player and Cameroon defender Sebastien Bassong made his second League appearance as he continued his recovery from injury.
Blackburn came from a goal down to inflict a first defeat on Reading in this year's competition at Ewood Park.
The Royals, who beat Newcastle United 4-2 in their opening fixture, took the lead when Dominic Samuel slotted home after 55 minutes but Bradley Bauress and Devarn Green registered their first goals at U21 level – and within three minutes of each other – to complete the home side's comeback.
Reading's Gozie Ugwu was denied his third goal of the season by an excellent goal-line clearance while Blackburn's Tim Payne had a shot well saved Joe Henly in the first half. Eight minutes of added time were played late on, but Rovers held on to secure victory.
Everton suffered their first defeat of the Barclays U21 Premier League campaign when they went down 2-1 at home to West Ham United.
After a goalless first half – in which West Ham midfielder George Moncur saw his penalty rebound off the bar – full-back Callum Driver opened the scoring for the visitors when his cross from the right looped beyond Mateusz Taudul in the Everton goal.
The Blues equalised when Luke Garbutt found the top corner on 72 minutes but West Ham – who hit the woodwork three times during the game – grabbed the winner a minute from time when striker Sebastian Lletget finished a passing move with a low strike to maintain the Londoners' 100% start to the campaign.
Bolton Wanderers secured their first point of the season courtesy of a late Cian Bolger equaliser in a closely fought game against West Bromwich Albion at the County Ground.
Chris Lester became Bolton's first league scorer this campaign with a close-range effort but Saido Berahino scored either side of half-time to put Albion in a position to maintain their 100% start to the season. However, Bolger's strike on 87 minutes after a scramble near the goal ensured a share of the spoils.
Sunderland scored a last-gasp winner to deny home side Leicester City victory at the King Power Stadium.
Billy Knott gave the away side the lead just ahead of the interval before a busy second period. Substitute Joe Dodoo scored with his first touch on 47 minutes to equalise for Leicester and triallist Ryan Watson gave the home side the lead, but a Jordan Laidler penalty – his second goal of the season – restored parity with four minutes of normal time remaining before Mickael Mandron secured the win for Sunderland.
Arsenal let slip a two-goal lead in their opening match of the Barclays U21 Premier League season to draw with Stoke City at the Weaver Stadium.
After a low-tempo start to the game Thomas Eisfeld opened the scoring for the visitors with a 20-yard effort before the break and the German made it a brace by chipping the ball over Stoke goalkeeper Dale Eve from just outside the box two minutes into the second half.
Stoke got one back on 60 minutes when Adam Thomas netted and George Waring secured Stoke's first point of the campaign from the penalty spot after being fouled by Arsenal goalkeeper Deyan Iliev late on.
Newcastle got the perfect start to their Barclays U21 Premier League campaign by accounting for Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James's Park.
The visitors took the lead after 21 minutes when Patrick Antelmi scored Wolves's first goal of the season, but Newcastle left-back Macauley Gillesphey equalised with his first strike at this level five minutes before half-time.
Adam Armstrong put the home side in front in the dying moments of the half, while captain Dan Gosling added a third with three minutes of normal time remaining to send Wolves to their second defeat of the season.
Fulham maintained their winning start to the season with victory at home to Middlesbrough at Motspur Park on Friday evening.
Full-back Alex Brister was the matchwinner with a sensational, off-the-post strike on 52 minutes, scoring with a first-time shot with the outside of his right boot from a tight angle just inside the penalty area. Middlesbrough applied pressure in the last 20 minutes in search of an equaliser, but the Whites held on to supplement their opening win of the campaign away to Manchester City.
Fulham report | Middlesbrough report
Chelsea came from behind to register their first win the competition in front of a sizeable crowd at St Mary's Stadium.
Omar Rowe gave Southampton the lead on the quarter-hour mark from a free-kick but within 10 minutes Chelsea were ahead. Alex Davey headed in the equaliser and Isaiah Brown scored his second goal of the campaign.
Southampton came forward in search of an equaliser in the second half but midway through the period Lewis Baker's free-kick extended Chelsea's lead and two minutes from time Islam Feruz made it 4-1.
Southampton report | Chelsea report
Friday 16 August
Fulham (Brister) 1–0 Middlesbrough
Southampton (Rowe) 1–4 Chelsea (Davey, Brown, Baker, Feruz)
Saturday 17 August
Newcastle United (Gillesphey, Armstrong, Gosling) 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Antelmi)
Sunday 18 August
Stoke City (Thomas, Waring) 2-2 Arsenal (Eisfeld 2)
Monday 19 August
Aston Villa (Grealish) 1-0 Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers (Bauress, Green) 2-1 Reading (Samuel)
Bolton Wanderers (Lester, Bolger) 2-2 West Bromwich Albion (Berahino 2)
Everton (Garbutt) 1-2 West Ham United (Driver, Lletget)
Leicester City (Dodoo, Watson) 2-3 Sunderland (Knott, Laidler pen, Mandron)
Manchester United (Cole, Lingard) 2-4 Liverpool (Ibe, Morgan, Borini 2)
Tottenham Hotspur (Carroll, Kane 3, Falque, Coulthirst) 6-3 Manchester City (Lopes, Bunn, Glendon)
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