Under-18 | Watford 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

With the Hornets' regular Under-18 squad out in Japan, a very young Watford side secured an impressive 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (March 18).

A team comprised of six Under-16s and four trialists - as well as goalkeeper Nathan Gartside - took the lead thanks to a 65th-minute penalty which was converted by one of those players on trial.

The visitors equalised with 10 minutes to go through George Hirst, who has appeared twice for the Owls' first-team this season, meaning that the points were shared after an even game at Watford's London Colney training ground.

David Horseman's Under-18s are next in action on Tuesday March 28, when they host Cardiff City.

HORNETS: Gartside (GK), Adedibiyi, Gordon, Tricker (c), Trialist, Maclean, Trialist, Phillips, Trialist (Luwero, 88), Trialist (Hutchinson, 75), Bennetts.



Under-18 | Hornets Win Japan Final

Updated March 19

Watford were crowned champions of the Global Arena Cup after defeating Nagasaki 1-0 in today's final in Japan.

Treon Johnson scored the Hornets' winning goal against their Japanese opponents, having secured a place in the final with a 3-0 semi-final win over Chinese side Jiangsu Suning yesterday.

There was also personal success for midfielder Dion Pereira, who scored two goals in the competition and was voted into the Team of the Tournament by coaches from sides taking part.

Updated March 18

The Hornets are through to the final of the Global Arena Cup in Japan after a 3-0 semi-final win against Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning today (Sat Mar 18).

Dion Pereira, Joy Mukena and a David Sesay penalty secured Watford's spot in the final, which will be played against Japanese side Nagasaki tomorrow (Sun Mar 19).

Earlier today, the Golden Boys had been awarded a 1-0 quarter-final win against Yeongdeungpo Technical after the South Korean side declared from the competition following the group stage.

Updated March 17

Watford’s Under-18s won one and lost two of their three group games in the SANIX Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament in Japan.

The Hornets were beaten by a deflected goal as they lost 1-0 to FC Tokyo in their first fixture yesterday (Thu Mar 16).

A last-minute strike earned Maebashi Ikuei a 2-1 win in the first of two matches for Watford today (Fri Mar 17), with Dion Pereira on target for the Hornets. 

But there was a 2-1 victory for the Golden Boys over Tokai Fukuoka thanks to goals from Jesus Cruz Cabrera and Harry Forster.

Watford have now progressed to the Global Arena Cup and will face Yeongdeungpo Technical of South Korea in the quarter-finals tomorrow (Sat Mar 18), with semi-finals taking place later the same day.

The Hornets' scholars are one of four overseas teams competing against 12 domestic sides in the 15th competition organised by the Kyushu Football Association, Sanix Sports Foundation and Japan Football Association.

The competition is held in Fukuoka, which sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island.

Keep an eye on watfordfc.com and the Hornets’ official Twitter account @WatfordFC for further news on the Under-18s' progress.