Manchester United 5-3 West Bromwich Albion
For the third consecutive weeks, Manchester United scored five to win, pushing them out to second in the table, although they have played one additional game.
Kieran McKenna, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, took over ahead of last week’s 5-1 victory against Middlesbrough, and his second game was another thriller.
West Brom took the lead through Evan Pierce early on, although it was quickly level again thanks to Indy Boonen. The Belgian winger scored his third goal of the season, turning one player, sending a second the wrong way before finishing from the edge of the area.
It wasn’t long before United fully overcome the early setback from Pierce. Angel Gomes, currently the star of the under-18 side, scored a fifth goal of the season, in only four starts. The Englishman stepped in front of his marker before heading a wonderfully accurate cross from Tahith Chong past West Brom’s Bradley House.
Three minutes later, George Tanner made it a comfortable advantage for the Reds. Gomes, once more at the centre of things, cut it back for Tanner who slotted home.
And so, at half-time, things were comfortable for the Reds. Yet goals from Rayhaan Tulloch and Rekeem Harper put the Baggies right back in contention.
A long lunge from a quick-thinking Tahith Chong took United in front, 72 minutes in. United put the game to bed, but only in the 89th minute with a penalty from Aidan Barlow, one of the stand-out players at under-16 level last season.
Derby County 3-2 Middlesbrough
Derby quickly established a two-goal lead against visitors Middlesbrough, at Moor Farm training ground. Max Bird played through the prolific Cameron Cresswell, who netted his fourth goal of the season with a finish from close-range.
Only five minutes later, Adam Davie doubled things up for the Rams, the chance created by excellent work from Luke Thomas.
Space opened up very quickly for Middlesbrough, the visitors quickly responding to going two goals down, and doing so well. They had a chance in the ninth minute, although it took until a 25th-minute strike from Mitchell Curry, springing past Derby’s Fuseine Rashid.
Anthony Renton prevented Derby from re-taking a two-goal lead with a fine late tackle to deny Luke Thomas. Instead, it was ‘Boro who scored next, four minutes before half-time. Liam Cooke converted after a cross from the left flank to make it level at half-time.
Cameron Cresswell scored his fifth goal of the season, in only four games, to take Derby back on top in the 78 minute. Thomas got a second assist of the game, combining well with Cresswell before the Englishman finished, taking him top of the goalscoring charts in the U18 Premier League and taking his side to 6th place in the North Division.
Wolves 3-3 Everton
Austin Samuels equalised for Wolves at the very end of normal time after a high-scoring game. Everton took the lead in the 7th minute, Shayne Lavery netting at Compton to open the scoring.
It took only two minutes for Wolves to equalise, though, as Ryan Giles scored his second goal of the season. Lavery added a second for Everton to give them a half-time lead, slotting home a 26th-minute penalty past Harry Beasley. A frantic second half followed with the momentum continually swaying.
Wolves grabbed an equaliser with thirty minutes remaining through half-time substitute Jordan Allan, but their comfort at 2-2 lasted only four minutes. Everton struck in the 65th-minute, Liam Morris on the scoresheet this time.
Morris’ strike looked to be the winner, and would have helped Everton move further off the bottom of the table, but Austin Samuels equalised in the 90th minute, his second goal of the season. That saw the points shared, leaving Wolves in 8th and Everton 11th, one point off the bottom of the table.
Liverpool 3-1 Stoke
A brace from Glen McAuley, his second and third goals of the season, gave Liverpool three points, moving them to third in the table with a game in hand on Manchester United.
McAuley gave Liverpool the lead in the 15th-minute, finishing a cross from Adam Lewis well. His second followed close after. An even better cross from Lewis fell at the feet of McAuley, taking a touch before volleying home with power.
Scott Wara was sent off for the Potters in only the 28th-minute, pulling back Liam Miller as the Liverpool forward was through on goal. Substitute Jordan Greenidge took Stoke back into it in the 70th-minute but their challenges were a plenty with only 10 men and Liverpool scored a third through Rhian Brewster in stoppage time.
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City
Daniel Butterworth gave Rovers a home advantage in the 36th-minute, capitalising on a mistake by Ash Kigbu.
Tom Dele-Bashiru equalised immediately before half-time with a good strike from outside the penalty area. City searched determindly for a winner throughout the second half, but could not find one. Luke Bolton created the best chance with a storming run down the right flank, crossing for Phil Foden but the latter’s shot was clutched low down by Blackburn goalkeeper Ben Ascroft.
Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle United
Owen Gallacher scored his first goal of the season for Newcastle to take the under-23 “bragging rights” in the Tyne-Wear derby. His 55th minute striker gave Dave Watson’s side both the derby win and three points that take them to the top of the North Division.
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Arsenal 3-0 Southampton
A fourth goal of the season from the ever-prolific Edward Nketiah, who was the top goalscorer last season with 24 goals, set Arsenal on their way to a second consecutive 3-0 victory.
Vlad Dragomir scored the Gunners’ second in the 53rd minute before Reiss Nelson scored his first goal of the season, just three minutes after replacing Nketiah.
Arsenal now sit top of the table on ten points, undefeated after four games. Kwame Ampadu’s side’s goal difference is far superior to their rivals, too, having scored 10 and conceded just one this season.
Aston Villa 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Harvey Knibbs’ 67th-minute introduction as a substitute proved to be an astute call from Ben Petty as the Aston Villa man struck late on to give them three points over Brighton & Hove Albion, moving them above their opponents into 10th spot in the South Division.
Norwich City 5-4 Chelsea
Chelsea continue to struggle away from home, allowing their hosts Norwich City to turn around a 3-1 half-time deficit to finish as 5-4 winners in a dramatic match.
Martell Taylor-Crossdale gave Chelsea an early lead, latching onto a well-weighted pass from Conor Gallagher before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home. Yet, and this swaying momentum would continue throughout the match, Norwich replied within moments.
Louis McIntosh finished past Jared Thompson after excellent work from the Canaries on the right flank, despite the Chelsea ‘keeper getting a hand to the shot.
Harvey St. Clair impressed for Chelsea, constantly providing chances for Chelsea to take the lead once more. His cross being turned in by Norwich defender Timi Odusina, although it could have gone down as Taylor-Crossdale’s goal.
Had it done, he would have had a hattrick in the 44th minute as he converted Reece James’ cross, St. Clair at the heart of things once more, too.
Immediately after half-time, Chelsea were complacent, allowing Norwich defender Max Aarons to run through too easily before slotting home past Thompson to get the Canaries back in the game and snatch the momentum fully their way.
Owen Wallis equalised for Norwich after a poor punch from Thompson that lacked power. Chelsea looked half-beaten, having seen their lead squandered. Norwich capitalised on that as McIntosh took them in front with an outside-of-the-boot finish in the 64th minute.
Alan Fleming beat Chelsea’s offside trap to make it 5-3 and a late goal from substitute Charlie Brown was only a consolation for the Blues who face league leaders Arsenal next weekend.
Reading 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur
There was another high scoring fixture at Reading as the hosts came out victors in a seven-goal fixture. Spurs equalised twice in a high-octane game, but eventually went back to North London empty handed thanks to Akin Odimayo’s 62nd-minute winner.
Ben House took the Royals in front, his shot parried by Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin before it luckily hit off House and into the back of the net. Oliver Skipp, on his under-18 debut for Spurs, set up Jack Roles to equalise in the 34th-minute, moving freely in the central areas before sending a through ball to Roles who finished past Billy Collings.
TJ Emoya brought down Brandon House in the penalty area, allowing Reading a chance to regain their lead only four minutes later. Daniel Loader made they did, camly striking past Austin. Spurs did not lose their heads, and looked composed in possession, but a deflected long-range strike from Loader meant they went into the break with a two-goal deficit to make up.
Within 12 minutes of the restart, they had done. First, Reo Griffiths was brought down in the area and Aramide Oteh’s penalty struck the post before the back of the net to make it 3-2. Having been brought down once after a marauding run, Griffiths did it once more, except this time Reading stepped off him slightly and the Spurs man finished well for the equaliser.
Having leveled things for the second time, Spurs’ hearts were broken only five minutes later with the winner from Akin Odimayo, converting a free-kick delivery from Tyler Frost.
Swansea City 2-2 Fulham
The Swans took the lead through Liam Cullen as the striker beat Fulham goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond at his near post, but were only in front for 13 minutes before Cameron Thompson leveled for Fulham with a strike into Ross Treacy’s bottom corner.
Causso Darame almost put Swansea back in front before half-time but instead it was Fulham’s Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson who was the next goalscorer, handing them a half-time lead.
Cullen grabbed his second of the game, and third of the season, in the 74th minute to give Swansea a point, leaving them bottom of the South Division with two points from four games. Fulham, meanwhile, are in ninth with four points from as many games.
West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City
Ben Wells gave the hosts a fourth-minute lead, which they retained until half-time, with his first goal of the season. Strikes from Elliot Webber and Kairo Arlott-John took the Foxes in front at the 68th minute mark.
With only 12 minutes remaining, however, Daniel Kemp equalised for the Hammers, now 3rd place in the South Division, behind Leicester on goal difference.