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Match Report | Season 2018/19

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FORWARD MARCH: Benjamin Garre looks to set up a City attack in our PL2 clash away at Arsenal

FORWARD MARCH: Benjamin Garre looks to set up a City attack in our PL2 clash away at Arsenal

Premier League 2 Meadow Park Att: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:00:00 PM



Saka 4', 51'

Burton 9'

Willock 45'

Amaechi 66'

5 - 1

Manchester City


Bolton 46'

Christopher Pollard


  • Iliev
  • Osei-Tutu
  • Sheaf
  • Mavropanos Ballard 71’
  • Pleguezuelo
  • Gilmour
  • Willock
  • Burton
  • Amaechi Zelalem 87’
  • Nketiah
  • Saka Thompson 76’
Unused subs
Okonkwo, Balogun

Manchester City:

  • Anderson
  • Frimpong
  • Garcia
  • Sandler
  • Ogbeta
  • Gomes Pozo 61’
  • Garre Touaizi 59’
  • Richards
  • Bolton
  • Nmecha
  • Braaf
Unused subs
Harwood-Bellis, Scott, T Dele-Bashiru

Manchester City’s EDS side endured a tough night at Arsenal Under-23s as the Gunners claimed a decisive Premier League 2 victory.

What happened

The Blues got off to the worst possible start, conceding twice inside the opening 10 minutes, and never really recovered from that early setback.

Bukayo Saka opened the Gunners account on four minutes before Robbie Burton then doubled the hosts’ advantage, converting a ninth minute penalty.

Winger Jayden Braaf nearly narrowed the deficit after breaking in behind the Arsenal defence only for Gunners keeper Deyan Iliev to deny him.

And the half ended on a low for the Blues with Joe Willock claiming a third for the hosts.

City provided an immediate response at the start of the second half with Luke Bolton striking from close range after two fine Iliev saves.

However, Arsenal responded with a fourth - and a second for Saka on 51 minutes - and a tough night for the Blues was compounded when Xavier Amaechi struck for a fifth time for the Gunners on 66 minutes.

How we lined up

Curtis Anderson was in goal with Jeremie Frimpong, Eric Garcia, Phillipe Sandler and Nathanael Ogbeta forming the back four. Claudio Gomes, Taylor Richards and Felix Nmecha comprised our midfield with Benjamin Garre and Jayden Braaf out wide and Luke Bolton operating as the spearhead.

What it means

The result saw Arsenal leapfrog above City into seventh in the Premier League 2 table with City dropping to eighth, with 20 points from 15 games.

What’s next

Our EDS squad are back in action next week when we travel to Sunderland for our Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final.

Date and kick-off time to be confirmed.

EDS News

Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final draw details

EDS News

Luke Bolton: City will maintain Checkatrade focus

Luke Bolton says Manchester City’s Under-21s won’t be distracted by talk of a potential Wembley appearance as the squad gears up for a Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final.

Under-21s striker Luke Bolton looks ahead to the prospect of City's Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final

EDS News

Harsley hails City's Checkatrade heroes

ALL SMILES: City's Under-21 players celebrate after Jayden Braaf's second goal during our 4-2 Checkatrade Trophy win at Rochdale

EDS boss Paul Harsley hailed the courage and conviction of his young players after Manchester City’s Under-21s booked our place in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-2 win at Rochdale on Tuesday night.

Manchester City EDS manager Paul Harsley gives his verdict on dramatic Checkatrade Trophy victory away at Rochdale