Rhys Murphy bagged a brace as Arsenal reserves drew 2-2 with Blue Square Premier outfit Crawley Town tonight in a pre-seaon friendly.
Murphy, born just up the road in Shoreham, snatched two goalsa to give us the advantage at the break but Crawley battled back to earn a draw.
Glen Wilson gave this young Gunners side a shock in the first minute when he stabbed home from a well worked Crawley corner. But Murphy soon levelled two minutes later with a superb finish and he made it 2-1 just three minutes later after rounding the home keeper and slotting home.
Both Murphy and Nacer Barazite went close to adding to our lead but both were foiled. In the middle Oguzhan Ozyakup looked solid while Miquel seemed impressive at centre half.
Sanchez Watt hit the post on 21 minutes with an audacious effort as Arsenal turned the screw at the Broadfield Stadium. At the other end, James Shea gave an assured display with excellent handling and a dominant voice.
Crawley were on level terms soon after the interval when Mark Tubbs equalised for 2-2. Mark Randall saw a clever lob saved a minute later as the Arse tried to regain the lead against a rejuvinated home side.
Shea showed his class in dealing with a close range effort before safley claiming the resulting corner after 62 minutes. Arsenal lost the initiave as the game went on and if any team looked likely to take the lead it was the inspired non-leaguers who dispaled more passion, desire and drive as the game went on.
Again and again Michael Kuipers in the Crawley goal denied the rip-roaring Reds, the former Brighton keeper displaying super shot-stopping ability.