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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Arsenal U21s

Good evening and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's latest Matchday Live blog as we bring you full match coverage of Swindon Town v Arsenal U21s in the first round of the EFL Trophy matches. Join our reporter Ryan Walker from 6.30pm as he brings you full pre-match build-up and live commentary.

8:54PM

FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 2-1 Arsenal U21

8:49PM


90' There will be 5 minutes of added time.


2-1

8:49PM

89' It's been an action-packed final ten minutes but Swindon can't find the goal that their efforts deserve. This time they take a corner short but nothing comes of it.


2-1

8:45PM

84' Mohammad Dabre is given the man of the match award for tonight's performance. At the same time Ryan East shoots from range and watches on as Ejeheri spills the shot onto the post before reclaiming it.


2-1

8:42PM

82' Harry Parsons is urged to shoot from range, and obliges but his effort his way off-target.


2-1


8:40PM

80' Swindon break on the counter-attack through Simpson as he latches onto a ball over the top. He dribbles into the area before shooting from a tight angle and forcing a save from Ejeheri.


2-1

8:34PM

75' Today's official attendance is announced as 2452.


2-1

8:30PM

70' Arsenal make a host of subs as they try to react to Swindon's goal. Town will look to see this game out but there will be chances in behind for their attackers to exploit as Arsenal chase the game.


2-1

8:28PM
Goal

68' GOAL SWINDON


Swindon are increasing the intensity as Payne's effort is sent behind for a corner. Payne whips the ball into the box and Ejeheri has to tip the ball back out for another corner that is nodded in by Conroy!!!



2-1

8:25PM

65' Payne looks to get in on the action straight away as he shoots from range. His effort is on-target but straight into the keepers arms.


1-1

8:22PM

63' Swindon Substitutions:


OFF -


Mitchell-Lawson, Crichlow, Gilbert


ON -


Simpson, Conroy, Payne


1-1

8:18PM

57' Ward is called into action as he tips an Arsenal free-kick over the bar for a corner. The ball is whipped in, and Swindon clear behind for a mother corner. This time Swindon manage to clear up to the halfway line but Arsenal retain possession.


1-1

8:14PM

54' Swindon are in the thick of it as Mitchell-Lawson again forces a save from Ejeheri with a curling shot before Rob Hunt then smashes an effort from close-range that calls Ejeheri into action again.


1-1

8:11PM

52' A lapse in concentration see's Biereth latch onto a bouncing ball behind the Swindon defence and he is through on goal, Ward stays on his feet before judging his tackle to perfection as he re-takes possession.


1-1

8:10PM

51' Jayden Mitchell-Lawson almost scores a spectacular goal. He picks the ball up just inside the Arsenal half, runs at two defenders, dribbles past both of them before hitting a shot across goal that goes narrowly wide of the post.


1-1

8:09PM

49' Romoney Crichlow nearly gets his name on the scoresheet as Parsons' dinked pass from a Swindon corner is controlled by the defender who turns in the area and hits a left-footed shot towards goal as Ejeheri palms his effort away.


1-1

8:07PM

47' Harry Parsons tries his luck from range with a strike from the edge of the box but his effort is off-target and Arsenal are back in possession.


1-1

8:04PM

45' Back underway at the County Ground. Reminder if this match is still level at full-time then it will go straight to penalties.


1-1

7:47PM
Whistle


HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 1-1 Arsenal U21

7:45PM


45' There will be 2 minutes of added time.


1-1

7:43PM

42' Kido Taylor-Hart does well under pressure as he rides two challenges before watching his shot blocked for a corner. Arsenal try to be smart with their corner but Swindon clear well and attempt to break on the counter-attack but can't find their way through a busy midfield.


1-1

7:40PM

39' Play has resumed and Swindon are dominating possession as they look for a breakthrough with some neat passing across the pitch testing this Arsenal team.


1-1

7:38PM

36' break in play here as Mitchell-Lawson receives treatment in the middle of the pitch. Players are taking the break to get water on-board.


1-1

7:37PM

37' It was a cracking strike from Ideho on the edge of the Swindon box as Ward was left rooted to his spot.


1-1

7:35PM

35' Correction, the goal was scored by Joel Idaho.


1-1

7:33PM
Goal

33' Goal Arsenal


Mazeed Ogungbo equalises after striking hard and low past Ward into the bottom corner.


1-1

7:30PM

30' Swindon's corner comes out to Ricky Aguiar on the edge of the box who shoots powerfully but can only watch on as his shot fails to make its way through a crowded box. A follow-up shot is nervously saved by Ejeheri.


1-0

7:29PM

28' Swindon go close to doubling their lead through Dabre again as Gilbert does well to put a cross into a Arsenal-heavy penalty area as Dabre with his back to goal gets a touch on it but can't muster a shot. Arsenal break up the other end through Biereth but the attack fizzles out.


1-0

7:26PM

25' The fizzle seems to have gone out of this game slightly since Swindon took the lead. Arsenal are continuing with this risky strategy of playing out from the back and are rarely getting out of their own half. Mazeed Ogungbo looks energetic in midfield when on the ball.


1-0

7:21PM

20' Arsenal's Revell Walters displays some fancy footwork on the right-wing as he dribbles past two Swindon players before passing into Biereth with his effort deflected for a corner that comes to nothing.


1-0

7:17PM

17' The goal came from a cross from Gilbert who looked to be in an offside position with Dabre managing to tap the ball past Ejeheri in a goal-line scramble.


1-0

7:16PM
Goal

16' GOAL SWINDON


Mohammad Dabre has his first goal for Swindon Town after bundling home amidst a crowded penalty area.


1-0

7:15PM

15' Mohammad Dabre does well on the wing to get past his man and attempt a cross to the back-post that goes out for a corner. The corner is floated in but Arsenal clear easily.


0-0

7:13PM

13' Arsenal get their first chance of the game as Mika Biereth controls a ball over the top before lashing his shot towards Ward's near-post as his effort rebounds off the post and out of play.


0-0

7:07PM

7' Arsenal are looking very shaky in defence with Swindon's high press causing them all sorts of problems. Arsenal need to sort themselves out and are lucky to not be a goal down already.


0-0

7:05PM

4' Gilbert skips away from his man before threading a through-ball into the path of Mitchell-Lawson who can't get the ball under control as the keeper collects.


0-0


7:03PM

3' A cross from Alex Gilbert is palmed into danger by Ejeheri with Mitchell-Lawson's follow-up effort collected by the keeper.


0-0

7:03PM

2' Tense times for Arsenal's Ovie Ejeheri between the sticks as he fails to control a back pass and puts his defence under pressure who eventually clear.


0-0

6:59PM

KICK-OFF: Arsenal get us underway.


0-0

6:59PM

The players are out and we are almost ready to get things underway at the County Ground.

6:37PM

Arsenal XI:


O Ejeheri

J Ideho

A Kirk

J Lopez

M Biereth

M Ogungbo

K Taylor-Hart

R Walters

J Henry-Francis

Z Monlouis

C Patino


Subs:


N Butler-Oyedeji

H Graczyk

S O M'Hand

M Bandeira

K Edwards

T Foran

A Cozier-Duberry


6:36PM

Fresh from their 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League Cup, Arsenal's youngsters arrive at the County Ground looking to make a statement against a senior team. Highly-rated Mika Biereth starts for the Gunners in tonight's cup clash.

6:33PM

Swindon Town XI:


L Ward

A Odimayo

E Iandolo (C)

R Crichlow

J Mitchell-Lawson

A Gilbert

R Hunt

R East

R Aguiar

H Parsons

M Dabre


Subs:


J Wollacott

D Conroy

T Simpson

J Payne

D Gordon

G Cowmeadow

L Francis


6:32PM

Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner makes 7 changes from the side that drew against Stevenage in the league at the weekend with Ellis Iandolo being given the captaincy for tonight's clash. Alex Gilbert and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson make their full debuts for the club.

6:29PM

Good evening and welcome to our Matchday Live blog as we bring you full coverage from tonight's Group F EFL Trophy game as Swindon Town welcome Kevin Betsy's Arsenal U21 side to the County Ground.


Kick-off is at 7pm and we have all the team news ready to give you.

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