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3 December 2012

5-3 Arsenal romp seals ninth win in a row

A first-half hat-trick from Liam Kelly sent the Royals on the way to sealing Group 1 top-spot away at Arsenal.

The young Royals needed just a point to virtually win the league with a far stronger goal difference than second-placed Bolton, but they made sure of it in style with an emphatic 5-3 win.

Winning has been the only way the Academy have known since September - as they came into the game against the Gunners with a remarkable eight-game winning sequence to their name.

The in-form Kelly scored five minutes in, mid-way through the first half and just before half time to complete a remarkable quickfire hat-trick and take his tally to five goals in four games.

The Academy were in cruise-control. De'Jaune Taylor-Crossdale made it four after the break before big defender Dominic Hyam bagged the fifth.

A late rally from the Gunners required the Royals to be on their toes - but Eamonn Dolan's youngsters saw out their ninth win in a row and clinch the title with relative ease.

To view the Group 1 table - click here. The Academy will next year compete in an Elite league after this success - but have an FA Youth Cup tie at Brentford next week to focus on for now.

Royals: Lincoln; Amofah, Owusu, Hyam Cooper; Kuhl (Oliyide 85), Stacey, Shaughnesy, Murombedzi; Kelly, Taylor-Crossdale (Ofori 70).

Goals: Kelly (5, 25, 40), Taylor-Crossdale (53), Hyam (72).

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