Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Friday Scores, Latest Table and Schedule

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on February 10, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Michael Regan/Getty Images

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw with Swansea City in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday.

Later, Manchester City came from behind to beat Reading 3-1, while West Ham United came from behind to beat Fulham by the same scoreline.

Here are the results from Friday's youth action, complete with updated standings and the latest schedule, as well as a closer look at the day's games.

Under-21 Premier League: Friday's Results
12 p.m. GMTArsenal vs. Swansea City0-0
1 p.m. GMTManchester City vs. Reading3-1
7 p.m. GMTFulham vs. West Ham United1-3
Latest Standings
Division 1
1Sunderland U21129122581728
2Man Utd U2197112491522
3Spurs U21145453231119
4Man City U21115332217518
5Reading U21135352425-118
7Everton U21124531817117
8Chelsea U21104241920-114
9Southampton U21124262027-714
10Middlesbrough U21103341714312
11Norwich U21133371824-612
12Liverpool U21112361220-89
12Leicester U21112271534-198
Division 2
1Derby U211381428171125
2Arsenal U21127322213924
3West Brom U2112651157823
4West Ham U211572626251
5Aston Villa U21146441518-322
6Stoke U21146171515019
7Swansea U21125251812617
8Blackburn U21115241817117
9Fulham U21125251518-317
10Newcastle U21133551721-414
11Wolves U21132291322-98
12Brighton U2113139825-176
Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday, Jan. 232 p.m. GMTStoke City vs. Blackburn Rovers
Monday, Jan. 2512 p.m. GMTLeicester City vs. Middlesbrough
Monday, Jan. 257 p.m. GMTBrighton vs. West Brom
Monday, Jan. 257 p.m. GMTManchester United vs. Sunderland
Monday, Jan. 257 p.m. GMTNewcastle United vs. Derby
Monday, Jan. 257 p.m. GMTWolves vs. Aston Villa
Monday, Jan. 257:30 p.m. GMTLiverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur


Friday Recap

The Gunners, who had Tomas Rosicky in their starting XI, began the better of the two sides as they controlled possession, but it was the Swans who crafted the first meaningful efforts on goal in the pouring rain, with Jay Fulton and Josh Sheehan's shots requiring straightforward saves from Matt Macey.

Arsenal's Chris Willock had the best chance of the half shortly before the break when the youngster cut inside and crashed a shot onto the woodwork.

Early in the second half, Macey was called into action once again to deny Fulton, and both club's Twitter accounts praised the stop:

On the hour-mark, Daniel Crowley found the bottom corner with a well-struck free-kick, but Gregor Zabret proved equal to the effort.

Shortly after, Adam King flashed an effort agonisingly wide after an intricate team move.

Zabret showed excellent reactions to close down Stephy Mavididi and save Willock's deflected effort, but the teams deservedly shared the spoils at the end of the game.

City's outing was a far more exciting affair. The Sky Blues were fortunate not to be a goal down after 10 minutes when Reading counter-attacked in a 3-on-1 situation, but Tarique Fosu fluffed his lines.

As Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News noted, the hosts responded well:

Sinan Bytyqi earned a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but City missed the chance to take the lead as Bersant Celina's effort from the spot was well-saved by Lewis Ward.

The Royals punished the miss in the second half as Harry Cardwell scored a lovely solo effort. Reading were ahead for just four minutes, though, before City scored twice in quick succession:

Celina completed the scoring to redeem himself for his earlier miss, tucking home after being picked out in space by Rodney Kongolo.

In the day’s later game, West Ham’s young stars recovered from a goal down to beat London rivals Fulham 3-1.

The hosts went ahead early on after some brilliant work on the right flank from Joshua Smile. He surged down the wing and whipped an excellent cross into the box, which Stephen Humphrys slotted home to put the side in white ahead.

Oxford's steadying presence helped West Ham get back in the game.
Oxford's steadying presence helped West Ham get back in the game.Michael Regan/Getty Images

But a Hammers outfit which contained the highly-rated Reece Oxford grew into the contest and as the half wore on, they were beginning to find their rhythm in the attacking third. In the 39th minute, Djair Parfitt-Williams gave them something tangible to show for their aesthetic play.

Vashon Neufville was the provider, as he threaded a fine ball to the back post after Fulham failed to clear their lines. There the winger showed fine anticipation to prod home and level the scores.

After the break it was West Ham who continued to grow into the contest, putting the hosts under pressure straight from kick-off. For a while Fulham looked as if they were going to hold firm, but their concentration slipped 18 minutes from time, as Josh Cullen was fouled in the penalty area. 

The midfielder was quickly on his feet to take the penalty, though, finishing emphatically and putting his team ahead for the first time.

With Fulham desperately searching for an equaliser, West Ham were afforded space to exploit late on. And the two goalscorers linked up brilliantly to put the match beyond doubt, as Cullen crossed into the area and Parfitt-Williams was on hand to meet it, finishing brilliantly into the top corner with four minutes remaining.

As West Ham's Twitter feed noted at the final whistle, their youngsters are in fine form at the moment:

The result sees West Ham jump up to fourth place in the second division, while Fulham remain marooned in ninth.