Chelsea 4-1 Liverpool
It was a busy second half at Aldershot Town with five goals and a missed penalty. One ten-minute period saw Chelsea take the lead, lose it a minute later before asserting themselves with a further two goals and a missed penalty from Mason Mount.
Chelsea had a young side due to the enormity of their #LoanArmy, currently away from the club. Yet, such is the quality of their academy after investment, it hardly showed against Liverpool.
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Mason Mount was impressive in the first half, although he missed a brilliant chance to take the lead, his balance letting him down as he poked a chance wide from near the six-yard box. Isaac Christie-Davies had multiple long shots saved by Kamil Grabara in the second half, but it was Josimar Quintero who broke the deadlock. Dujon Sterling, just 16-years old, pulled a cross back for Quintero who rifled home.
Liverpool captain Harry Wilson equalised within only a minute, driving a shot behind Bradley Collins from 20-yards. Quick improvisation from Mason Mount gave Chelsea a very quick response to Wilson’s strike. Quintero took another shot and Grabara was prepared to watch it wide with comfort, yet Mount poked out a foot to deflect it past Grabara, making it 2-1 to Chelsea.
Ike Ugbo was brought down in the penalty area to give Mount a chance to double his tally. Despite a better-than-average strike, he couldn’t do so due to an excellent stop from Grabara to keep Liverpool in it at 2-1.
That wasn’t for long. Three minutes later, 16-year-old Sterling grabbed a goal. The right-back showed great anticipation and determination to hound down a loose ball and strike calmly beyond Grabara.
Both Wilson and Mount had further chances, the former drawing a superb save from Collins after a free-kick. Mount ducked in and out of challenges from the Liverpool players in a great run but couldn’t finish the opportunity.
Charlie Wakefield, on as a substitute, crossed into a thankful Ike Ugbo, making it a fantastic four for Chelsea, a second consecutive defeat by this scoreline for Liverpool.
Southampton 2-0 Manchester United
After an opening day thrashing of Liverpool, Southampton retained their 100% record with a comfortable 2-0 victory against champions Manchester United. The visitors, although without a number of players due to injury, are not as strong as their side last season which won the title with ease, a few games before the conclusion of the season. United captain James Weir missed two golden chances in the first half, the second of which was from six yards after Harry Lewis spilt the ball.
Josh Sims got Southampton in front early in the second half, pouncing onto a weak header from Axel Tuanzebe. The 18-year-old centre-back had a good performance, other than that error, as he continues to handle any challenge with ease, his composure and physicality beyond his age. Sims struck a good volley just before the ball was to bounce. Dean Henderson looked to be comfortably saving Sims’ shot until it struck Joe Riley and wrong-footed Henderson.
Soon after, Jack Stephens, who’s returning to youth football after a full season on loan in the Football League, scored Southampton’s second. Again, it was poor defending. From the set piece, Stephens was left alone in the box as a curling cross evaded two United players, and headed powerfully past Henderson.
United manager Warren Joyce called his players “deluded” and said they looked like a bunch of individuals thrown together. He was raging after the game in an interview with MUTV. Arguably, he was right. His side showed no intentions to come back from a two-goal deficit. Southampton retain their 100% record, meanwhile. Tyreke Johnson, who played 90 minutes for the under-18s on Saturday (and scored a superb goal against Chelsea, read here), was in action for another 90 minutes and put in some wonderful curling crosses to Olufela Olomola.
Reading 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
After losing 2-0 to Everton on the opening day of the season, Spurs responded well with a 4-1 thumping of Reading on Monday afternoon. Reading’s Dominic Samuel, who could get a chance in the first team this season if he finally stays fit, returned from injury.
Marcus Edwards scored twice, either side of half-time, to propel Spurs to 6th after two games. His first came after Nathan Oduwa, back in youth football after a loan with Rangers last season, fed him through to lace it into the top corner after 32 minutes. Captain Luke Amos almost made it a two-goal lead before half-time, but hit the crossbar. Edwards made it so two minutes after the break, though, cutting inside from the right flank and driving it home from outside the penalty area.
William Miller made it three only a minute after Edwards’ second, finishing off a cutback from Oduwa, the Nigerian’s second assist of the game. Remarkably, Shayon Harrison scored Spurs’ third in only four minutes to make it 4-0. He pounced on a wavering Jonathan Bond, taking the ball off the Reading goalkeeper and slotting home.
Spurs couldn’t keep going at that rate, and quietened down. Andy Rinomhota scored a consolation for Reading, a header after 73 minutes.
Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
Rodney Kongolo scored the only goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium, combining with the ever-excellent Aaron Nemane before a composed finish past Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey. His opposite number, too, was tested throughout the night in a close encounter. The Gunners’ captain Ismael Bennacer had two chances saved by Billy O’Brien in the City goal.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles made a good impression as he looks to get first team minutes having had a successful loan spell at Ipswich Town last season, making 32 appearances in all competitions. He had multiple shots blocked, as well as one coming back off the post.
Javairo Dilrosun and Paolo Fernandes were both denied by Macey as both defences were extremely busy on Friday evening.
Everton 2-0 Derby County
A brilliant half-volley from Harry Charsley gave the Toffees a second-minute lead and put them in a commanding position. Having finished third last season behind Manchester United and Sunderland, they’ll be looking for another strong season. They began with a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, and got another as Harry Charsley scored a second in the 36th minute, combining excellently with Kieran Dowell with a one-two before his shot caressed off the post and in.
Callum Connolly, a player who could get a first team chance this season if he continues his development, and Jonjoe Kenny returned from injury for Everton, which is a positive for David Unsworth’s side. Derby are still missing a number of players.
Leicester City 2-3 Sunderland
A late free-kick from Ethan Robson gave last year’s under-21 Premier League second-placed side Sunderland three points.
Bartosz Kaputska, a star for Poland at Euro 2016 and a recent Leicester City signing, was in action was the Foxes alongside Gokhan Inler as they used the new format to their advantage. He scored 18 minutes in to give Leicester the lead, pouncing on a loose ball after Maksymilian Stryjek had parried a strike from Matty James onto the post.
That lead did not last long, George Honeyman cancelling it out after earning himself a penalty for Sunderland.
Leicester started after the break in good fashion, both sides having had opportunities before half-time. Admiral Muskwe re-took the lead for the Foxes. But, yet again, that did not last long, again because of George Honeyman, striking only seven minutes later to equalise.
With three minutes of normal time remaining, Ethan Robson put Sunderland in front for the first time all evening at the King Power Stadium, a sublime free-kick that beat David Iversen.