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Delap at the double as EDS defeat Arsenal

Delap at the double as EDS defeat Arsenal
Premier League 2
Premier League 2
Fri 19 Feb
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Liam Delap 
(15’, 48’)
City's Elite Development Squad remain top of the Premier League 2 table thanks to a 2-0 win away at Arsenal.

Liam Delap continued his sensational goal-scoring run, by netting a brace either side of half time, giving the league top scorer seven goals in his last three Premier League 2 outings.

The victory extends our impressive unbeaten run to nine games that stretches more than three months.

WHAT HAPPENED

Liam Delap - who has been in excellent form- almost turned provider early on as he pulled the ball back for Tommy Doyle who fired just over the Arsenal crossbar.

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Minutes later however, Delap put City ahead as he cut across the Arsenal box before guiding an effort into the bottom corner, to open the scoring with his 12th league goal of the season.

At the other end the Gunners looked to get back into it through efforts from Reiss Nelson and Nikolaj Moller, however Louie Moulden was equal to both, saving well on both occasions.

Into the second half - and just like the first - Delap found quickly himself on the scoresheet once again. A driving run from Romeo Lavia was then played into the City forward, who smashed home at the near post for his, and City's second.

Enzo Maresca's side looked to extend the lead, with Doyle coming close just moments after as the captain crashed an effort from 18-yards against the post.

The City youngsters continued to control proceedings in a thoroughly professional showing by Maresca's side, and this was nearly rewarded with a third 10 minutes from time. 

A Delap strike was only parried into the path of Felix Nmecha, however the unbalanced attacking midfielder couldn't divert his effort from close range on goal, as it rolled past the far post.

Sam Edozie then came close as he wriggled into the box before having his shot well saved at the near post, however it would not matter as City secured all three points at Meadow Park.

HOW WE LINED UP

Louie Moulden's goal was protected by a back four of Claudio Gomes, Finley Burns, Callum Doyle and Alpha Dionkou.

Romeo Lavia, Tommy Doyle and James McAtee formed our midfield three, whilst Sam Edozie and Felix Nmecha occupied the right, and left wing.

Liam Delap led the line up-front.

WHAT IT MEANS

The win extends our lead at the top of Premier League 2 to three points, as Maresca's  side currently sit on 31 points after 15 games.

UP NEXT

Our EDS return to PL2 action on Friday 26 February, away at Brighton and Hove Albion at 14:00 (UK).

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