Pirates 0 v 1 Gunners
July 19, 2015
BRFC 0. v. 1. ARSENAL XI
Arsenal Goal Scorer:- Stephy Mavididi (5)
This Arsenal Under 21 team continued their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 victory away to a strong Bristol Rovers side this afternoon.
This fixture was arranged two years ago as part of the deal which brought goalkeeper Matt Macey to North London.
The 20-year-old, who was named on the bench for the Arsenal first-team last season, had to make several good stops to keep his former side at bay.
The headline team news saw summer arrival Jeff Reine-Adelaide, a late withdrawal from the first-team’s Asia trip, make his debut for the club on the right flank.
The majority of the starting players were second years, with a smidgeon of experience provided by the inclusions of Glen Kamara and Julio Pleguezuelo.
Rovers, who earned promotion to League Two for the forthcoming campaign, created the first chance of note, with Danny Greenslade shooting over.
The eager Mavididi, who recently signed his first professional contract, capitalised on a defensive mix-up and slotted the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.
Arsenal, who drew 1-1 with Bournemouth in their opening friendly last week, came close to doubling their advantage shortly afterwards.
Bristol Rovers started to create chances of their own, with Ellis Harrison shooting wide before Matt Macey had to be alert to deny Chris Lines.
Billy Bodin and Jake Gosling also failed to find the net when well placed.
Matty Taylor, meanwhile, was becoming increasingly influential for the hosts.
A nice moment for Matt Macey came during the second-half as he received a standing ovation from the Bristol Rovers supporters when he was replaced by Deyan Iliev.
Deyan Iliev himself had to make a smart stop shortly after his introduction before at the other end Mavididi was unable to double both the score.
Bristol Rovers Team:- Steve Mildenhall, Daniel Leadbitter, James Clarke, Tom Parkes, Danny Greenslade, (Jay Malpas, 76), Stuart Sinclair, (Cristian Montano, 60), Chris Lines, Lee Mansell, (Ollie Clarke, 46), Jake Gosling, Ellis Harrison, (Matty Taylor, 46), Billy Bodin, (Jermaine Easter, 60).
Substitutes:- Nathan Blissett, Jamie Lucas
Arsenal XI Team:- Matt Macey, (Deyan Iliev, 60), Aaron Eyoma, (K Pileas, 76), Marc Bola, Glen Kamara, Kristopher Da Graca, Julio Pleguezuelo, Jett Reine-Adelaide (Vlad Drogmir, 80), Ben Sheaf, (Harry Donovan, 68), Stephy Mavididi, Kaylen Hinds, (Savvas Mourgos 60), Tyrell Robinson, (Ilias Chatzitheodoris, 76).
Referee:- Kevin Johnson.
Attendance:- 2,093 (incl. 150 Arsenal supporters).