Barclays U21 Premier League 2015: Friday Scores, Results, Table, Latest Fixtures

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2015

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Christian Maghoma of Tottenham Hotspur U21 celebrates with Filip Lesniak after scoring their third goal during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Manchester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at The Academy Stadium on August 14, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur played out an incredible 3-3 draw in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday. Elsewhere, Southampton beat Chelsea 3-1 to move to the top of Division One, and Arsenal began their campaign in Division Two with a 1-0 win against Fulham.

Read on for a recap of Friday's action, as well as the latest fixtures and updated league tables:

Barclays Under-21 Premier League Schedule
Division One
Friday, August 14Manchester City3-3Tottenham
Friday, August 14Chelsea1-3Southampton
Monday, August 17Norwich CityTBDLeicester City
Monday, August 17ReadingTBDSunderland
Division Two
Friday, August 14Arsenal1-0Fulham
Saturday, August 15Stoke CityTBDWolves
Monday, August 17BrightonTBDSwansea
Monday, August 17DerbyTBDAston Villa
Monday, August 17NewcastleTBDBlackburn
Monday, August 17West BromTBDWest Ham
Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division One Table
1Southampton U2121105324
2Sunderland U2111003123
3Chelsea U21210123-13
4Man City U2120205502
5Spurs U2110103301
6Leicester U2110101101
7Man Utd U2110101101
8Middlesbrough U2110101101
9Reading U2110101101
10Everton U2100000000
11Liverpool U21100101-10
12Norwich U21100113-20
Barclays Premier League Under-21 Division Two Table
1Wolves U2111003123
2West Brom U2111002113
3Derby U2111001013
4Arsenal U2111001013
5Fulham U2121011103
6Aston Villa U2110100001
7Stoke U2110100001
8West Ham U2100000000
9Swansea City U21100112-10
10Blackburn U21100101-10
11Brighton U21100101-10
12Newcastle U21100113-20

Friday Recap

In the first game of the day, City and Spurs met in a six-goal thriller, with both sides sharing the spoils.

The lead was traded back and forth as Spurs opened the scoring inside six minutes through Kenny McEvoy.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Kenny McEvoy of Tottenham Hotspur U21 runs at George Evans of Manchester City U21 during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Manchester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at The Academy Stadium on August 14, 201
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Both teams created a number of promising chances in the early stages, before strikes from Thierry Ambrose and Manu Garcia either side of half-time put the Citizens in front.

Ismail Azzaoui equalised for the Lilywhites when he smartly headed home the rebound after his initial shot was blocked.

Spurs then thought they'd won the encounter when Christian Maghoma found the net from Anthony Georgiou's corner in the 90th minute, but City fought back for a dramatic leveller through Bersant Celina with an immediate reply. 

A first-half brace for Sam McQueen secured the victory for the Saints when they took on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Jake Hesketh added a third midway through the second half.

First, McQueen latched onto a floated cross after some neat work down the left flank:

Then, the 20-year-old was on hand to pounce on Armani Little's rebound after the midfielder hit the post in a one-on-one situation:

Shortly after the restart, Jay Dasilva came close to pulling one back for the Blues as he crashed a strike onto the underside of the bar from 18 yards.

Southampton made certain of the victory, though, with Hesketh finishing powerfully from close range after Jake Clarke-Salter failed to clear a cross:

Chelsea pulled one back through Tammy Abraham late on with a neat turn and finish, but overall, the Saints thoroughly deserved the win.

Arsenal enjoyed the better first half, but they could not finish their chances.

Stephy Mavididi was slipped in three times inside the box, but on two occasions, he found himself facing a difficult shooting angle. When presented with a simpler chance, Jesse Joronen was on hand to make the save to deny the youngster.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide ran riot over the Cottagers' defence but likewise could not break the deadlock, first curling an effort over the bar before forcing two excellent saves from the outstanding Joronen.

Ben Sheaf also came close for the visitors in the second half, but the Finnish stopper's goal was impenetrable.

Gedion Zelalem finally broke the deadlock with just four minutes of normal time remaining, finding the bottom corner after working his way into the penalty area with some neat passing.

The Gunners will be encouraged by their ability to create chance after chance in this game, but likewise, a worry will be their inability to finish the majority of them off.

However, Joronen's top-class performance was a large factor in Arsenal failing to score. They won't face a 'keeper of his calibre every week, though, so expect the Gunners to enjoy a successful campaign. 


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