27 July 2021

Report: Bromley 3-1 Arsenal U23s

  • Men's

In a highly anticipated pre-season fixture for Bromley, it was the Ravens that came out on top on this warm summery night at Hayes Lane.

Andy Woodman named a very strong side against his former club, with the likes of Byron Webster, Liam Trotter and pre-season star Marcus Sablier coming in for this game.

Arsenal manager Per Mertesacker named a similarly strong side, with big prospects such as Omar Rekik and Omari Giraud-Hutchinson starting from the off in this game.

Bromley got off to a fantastic start in the first-half. Early pressure from the Ravens proved worthwhile as Michael Cheek put the National League side 1-0 up within the first 10 minutes, with a cheeky chip over Ovie Ejeheri in the Arsenal goal, which left the young goalkeeper stranded.

The early pressure continued for the Ravens, with Trialist B causing problems to the Arsenal defence, getting in behind twice in quick succession, after fantastic balls from Luke Trotter and Joe Partington, but nothing came from it.

Only halfway through the first-half did Arsenal show off their attacking talents, with full-back and captain Jordi Osei-Tutu winning a foul off Corey Whitley, wide of the Bromley goal, and the free-kick had to be well blocked by Bromley academy prospect Sablier.

After early pressure, Bromley seemed to have been pegged back by Arsenal with the young Gunners finding many chances across the half. But, Bromley didn’t switch off. Sablier won the ball back deep in his half, which was the start of a fantastic counter for the Ravens. Sablier, Coulson and Cheek all linked up beautifully, which lead to a chance for Whitley but his shot was easily saved by Ejeheri.

However, just before the half, Bromley put themselves two to the good, with some delicious play on the left-wing from Cheek. He found Jude Arthurs in the box who tucked away from a tight angle, and it was Woodman’s side who headed into the break with smiles on their faces.

The smiles continued for Bromley in the second half, as yet again, early pressure from Coulson played through Trialist B, whose shot was saved by Hubert Graczyk, but Cheek managed to squeeze in the rebound for his second and the Ravens’ third of the night.

Arsenal did not hang around for a reply this time, as just minutes later, half-time substitute Amario Cozier-Duberry’s long range effort beats Mark Cousins in the Bromley goal to make it 3-1 to the young Gunners.

The end-to-end nature of this game carried on as straight from kick-off, Whitley finds himself in the Arsenal box but his chance is well saved by Graczyk.

Sablier continued his rich vein of form in pre-season, when he came close to adding to Bromley’s tally after an effort from outside the area was well saved by the Arsenal ‘keeper, after some great skill in the middle of the park.

Cheek came very close to grabbing the match-ball when his near-post header went very close to creeping into the goal after a Bromley corner, but this was his last action of the game as he came off just a minute later.

The game then fizzled out with both sides grabbing half-chances here and there, it ended at Hayes Lane, Bromley 3-1 Arsenal U23s.

Report by Joshua Hardy

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