Afobe Impresses As England Retain Victory Shield
England Under 16’s have won the Sky Sports Victory Shield after securing a 2-0 win over a rugged Scotland side in difficult foggy conditions at Lincoln’s Sincil Bank stadium.
Once again, the star man proved to be Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, the 15-year-old notched up a tally of 40 goals for the Gunners’ Under 15’s last campaign.
Young Guns reported several days ago that if Benik was to bag just one goal in tonights game, then he would equal Michael Owen’s goal scoring record of four in the renowned youth competition.
And It didn’t take long for the East Londoner to make his mark in the highly-anticipated final. After some severe England pressure on the Scots backline, Afobe got his goal.
Aziz Deen-Conteh floated in a corner from the right-hand side and Ross Barkley’s powerful header was cleared off the line by Dylan McGeogh. From the resulting corner, Afobe gave England the lead.
There were more chances to come for young Afobe, but a mixture of both good defending and goalkeeping kept him at bay.
Ipswitch Town’s Connor Wickham bagged England’s second within three minutes of the second half. A mistake from Scotland’s goalkeeper gifted Wickham a tap-in which proved to be the winning goal in a thrilling, but foggy contest.
Man of the Match for the tournament was certainly Benik Afobe. Arsenal have one hot prospect on their hands, and he looks ready to make that step-up to the Gunners first team, sooner rather than later.