PAPA JOHN'S TROPHY
Tuesday October 18th 2022, 7.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Josh Tomlinson 8
ARSENAL UNDER 21S 3
Zach Awe 56
Amario Cozier-Duberry 74
Nathan Butler-Oyedeji 90
Attendance: 3,037 (308 away supporters)
Cobblers: Jonny Maxted, Akin Odimayo (sub Dylan Hill 53), Aaron McGowan (sub Harvey Lintott 52), Max Dyche, Josh Tomlinson, Ryan Haynes (sub Ayo Lekuti 75), Peter Abimbola, Ben Fox, Liam Cross, Jack Connor (sub Rico Duggan 85), Miguel Ngwa (sub Reuben Wyatt 85)
Subs not used: James Dadge
Arsenal under 21s: Karl Hein, Zach Awe, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji (sub Maldini Kacurri 90), Taylor Foran, Jack Henry-Francis, Charles Sagoe Junior (sub Ethan Nwaneri 62), Matt Smith, Amario Cozier-Duberry (sub Joel Ideho 75), Bradley Ibrahim (sub Myles Lewis-Skelly 62), Lino Sousa, Reuell Walters
Subs not used: James Hillson, Kido Taylor-Hart
Referee: Carl Brook
Cobblers: Ben Fox (36), Harvey Lintott (60)
Arsenal under 21s: Bradley Ibrahim (34), Jack Henry-Francis (79)
Arsenal under 21s: none
A number of Cobblers youngsters were again given a run out as Jon Brady’s side played their final group game in this seasons Papa John’s Trophy.
Aaron McGowan, out since April with a knee injury, made his return to the side while Brady watched on from the stands with the Cobblers boss serving a one-game touchline ban.
Josh Tomlinson became the youngest ever Cobblers goalscorer when he opened the scoring on 8 minutes, the centre-half rising superbly to head home a corner from Liam Cross.
Jack Connor then saw a shot saved by Karl Hein in a bright start from the Cobblers while Peter Abimbola made a terrific interception to prevent an Arsenal breakaway.
Hein was at full stretch as Cross whistled a strike just wide and the Arsenal keeper saved a header from Connor as the Cobblers pressed for a second goal.
Hein saved from Ryan Haynes early in the second half before Dylan Hill and Harvey Lintott came on in a double change. Cross then had a chance to double the Cobblers lead but the young striker dragged his shot wide.
Jonny Maxted saved with his feet to keep the Cobblers in front but from the resulting corner kick Arsenal equalised through Zach Awe.
15-year old Ethan Nwaneri, the current youngest player to play in the Premier League came on in a double change for the Gunners, who were enjoying a good spell of pressure.
Arsenal had been threatening and they were in front when Amario Cozier-Duberry gave Maxted no chance after cutting in from the right and curling a shot into the top corner.
Rico Duggan came on to make his Cobblers debut but having enjoyed the better of the second half, Arsenal scored a third goal deep in stoppage time, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji with a cute finish.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (3) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
ARSENAL UNDER 21S MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 12
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 2
CORNERS: (0) 3
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2