Arsenal of England youth team striker, Folarin Balogun will spend the whole of this weekend ruing how his brace of goals could not lead his side to victory last weekend, and will eagerly pray for a better ending to their next game, megasportsarena.com reports.
That game, though, will not come until next Monday, when his side line out against Derby County in the English Premier League 2, and Folarin cannot just wait to get it done and dusted, as he seeks atonement for the disappointment of seeing his side lose despite him netting twice.
The Gunners’ kid, who keeps knocking frenetically on the door of the senior squad at Emirates Stadium, will hope for better fortune on both personal and collective efforts, as his goal this past weekend counted for nothing.
So it was that USA-born Balogun was on target twice for Arsenal on Easter Sunday, but both goals were not enough to save his side from losing 3-2 by Brentford Town’s B-squad in a friendly at Bisham Abbey.
The England youth international was one of four Nigerian-born youngsters in The Gunners’ starting lineup, but he toiled alongside Tim Akinola, Ryan Alebiosu and Miguel Azeez, even as he struck home a header in the 63rd minute to pull Arsenal temporarily back on level terms.
Aaron Pressley earlier netted from the spot and Brook added one to give The Bees a two-goal lead, but The Gunners’ under-23 lads pulled a goal back through Balogun in the first minute of first half stoppage time.
Balogun then followed up with his second of the evening, but Pressley fired home to make it 3-2 for Brentford, with a minute remaining and The Gunners could not eke out a much-needed goal that would have spelt an equaliser.
The focus, though, now shifts to competitive action, as Balogun and his colleagues will be back in action when they face Derby in the EPL2 next Monday, with great expectations already exuding from the youngster.
Baologun, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation, as he has been in fine form this season, with 11 goals and three assists across all competitions, will now aim to renact his scoring thrills and expect victory to follow for his side.