Arsenal U21 v Everton U21
Everton U21s are still seeking a first league point after losing out to Arsenal.
The scoreline was unfair on the Blues who held their own until the final moments of the first half when Sanchez Watt converted a dubiously awarded penalty. The same played then stepped up at the death to convert again from the spot.
And in injury time sub Kyle Ebecilio stole in to make it three.
George Green had gone close to a second half leveller for the Toffees who fought manfully up the Underhill slope after half time.
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Predictably it was Arsenal who had most of the possession early on but to Everton's credit they had little to show for it.
The Blues were dogged in midfield, hassling and harrying their cosmopolitan counterparts.
Indeed, it was the visitors who had the first efforts on goal as John Lundstram sent a volley off target and Magaye Gueye smashed an effort just over.
Both those chances came as a result of the fast feet of Green and the diminutive youngster was proving a thorn in the Gunners' side.
He sent his own effort off target shortly after Hallam Hope had blocked a clearance back towards the Arsenal goal that James Shea had to tip round the post.
The home side did start to carve out some chances as the half went on with Chuks Aneke inches over from a free kick and Martin Angha drilling wide from 20 yards.
The breakthrough came in the final minute of the half in controversial fashion. Tyias Browning was adjudged to have fouled Jernade Meade as the winger burst into the box and Watt was unerring from 12 yards.
With the famous Underhill slope to their advantage after the break Arsenal had all guns blazing.
Aneke headed over early, Meade struck the post and a brilliant sprawling save from Mateusz Taudul temporarily deprived Watt of a second.
The Polish keeper then denied Craig Eastmond one-on-one as Everton clung on.
They weathered that storm though and midway through the half Green extended Shea with a low left-foot effort which was tipped away for a corner.
That spurred the Blues on and Hope was denied a penalty late on with boss Alan Stubbs livid on the touchline.
In the end it was another spot kick for Arsenal which settled it, with Watt converting again after Taudul had fouled Meade.
With pretty much the last kick of the game Ebecilio drove into the box and slotted past Taudul to make it 3-0.