Arsenal 2 (Akpom 54, Bellerin 88)
Wolves 1 (Cassidy 46)
A late goal from Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin robbed Wolves of the point they deserved from a keenly fought out contest with Arsenal at Barnet last night.
The game completed the Molineux under 21s fixtures for the season. Wolves had the advantage of Underhill’s notorious slope in the first-half.
A neat bit of skill from Craig Eastmond opened up a chance for Chuba Akpom who had the ball taken off his foot by Aljaz Cotman.
Arsenal won the first corner of the game but Jake Cassidy headed clear Jernade Meade’s flag-kick in what was a tepid opening spell.
The first goal attempt of note came in the 13th minute when home skipper Nico Yennaris ran on to Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill’s short through ball and blasted a shot over the angle.
Cassidy’s header from Anthony Forde’s free-kick into the area didn’t cause home keeper Josh Vickers any undue concern and, at the other end, Cotman fielded a 25-yard free-kick from Sanchez Watt and before Yennaris flashed an angled drive wide from the edge of the box.
Six minutes before the break Liam McAlinden, who had been limping slightly, was replaced by Sam Winnall.
Vickers caught a drive from Forde but then he had to be at his best as Winnall threaded a pass through to Zeli Ismail. The Wolves man just got a touch but Vickers had closed down to block on the edge of the box.
Half-Time: Arsenal 0 Wolves 0
Just 30 seconds after the restart Wolves took the lead. Ismail slid the ball down the line to Winnall and his cross from the right was powerfully headed home by Cassidy.
It could have been two in the 52nd minute as Vickers pulled off a reflex save to turn away Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s header after a Forde free-kick. From the corner conceded, again take by Forde, there was a brief scramble in front of the home goal before Cassidy lifted a shot high over the bar from close range.
To rub salt into the wound, just two minutes later the Gunners were level. Watt took the ball to the by-line and hit a low cross which Cotman parried only for the momentum of the ball to bounce into the net off the legs of Akpom who couldn’t have been better placed.
Akpom could have had a second shortly afterwards with a bouncing shot that went over after Meade’s centre. Then Meade went close himself with a drive that wasn’t far wide of the far post.
Jamie Reckord just failed to get his head to a Winnall cross before Ismail flashed a drive inches wide with Vickers beaten.
Cotman cut out a low cross from Arsenal substitute Serge Gnabry at the near post, but the keeper was beaten in the 88th minute as Bellerin’s 20-yard rising drive flew into the roof of the net.
Arsenal: Vickers, Bellerin, Ormonde-Ottewill, Yennaris (capt), Wynter, Monteiro, Rees (Gnabry 73), Eastmond, Akpom, Watt, Meade.
Unused subs: Roberts, Zelalem, Olsson, Eisfield.
Wolves: Cotman, Ebanks-Landell, Reckord, Evans, Tank (Jakobsson 64), Ihiekwe (capt), Ismail, Price, Cassidy, McAlinden (Winnall 39), Forde.
Unused subs: Parry, Whittall, Cranston.
Bookings: Ebanks-Landell: (69 – foul), Evans (90 – foul).
Referee: L. Betts.
Picture of Craig Eastmond and Zeli Ismail in action courtesy Arsenal FC.