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Baggies knocked out of FA Youth Cup by Arsenal

4 December 2015

Barbir grabs consolation for Aaron Danks' men

ALBION were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle after suffering a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at Boreham Wood.

The Gunners opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Jeff Reine-Adelaide nodded the ball home at the near post.

The hosts doubled their advantage just ten minutes later – Benjamin Sheaf picking out the far corner with a curling effort.

The same man was then denied his second and Arsenal’s third by Baggies stopper Matt Hall, who guessed correctly to palm away the defender’s spot-kick after Chris Willock had been fouled.

The tie was effectively put to bed with 15 minutes left on the clock, Donyell Malen racing through on goal before producing a cool finish past Hall.

Aaron Danks’ men managed to pull one back in the 86th minute through Danny Barbir, but Stephy Mavididi then smashed in a fourth for Arsenal as they booked their place in the fourth round.

"It's obviously a very disappointing night for us," said the Under-18 boss.

"We struggled to cope with their play and the intensity of the game in the first-half.

"Matt Hall made a good save from a penalty and that kept us in it and gave us a little bit of a lift.

"We were better in the second 45 but they finished us off with two goals near the end of the game."

ALBION: Hall, Sweeney (Wilson 45), Barbir, Fitzwater, McCourt, Field, R.Nabi, Smith (Elbouzedi 65), Edwards (Forss 81), Leko, Roberts.

Unused subs: Hause, O’Shea.

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