U18 Report: Saints 8-2 Leicester

By Marc Walker time Sun 18 Oct Saints vs Leicester City
Photo by Isabelle Field
Sat 17 Oct 1PM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
8
Leicester CIty
2
Bellis [16'] [43'] [56'] Olaigbe [23'] [77'] Babic [25'] Turner [45+1'] Edwards [52']
goal
Fitzhugh [66'] Russ [68']
yellow card
Maswanhise (76')
Referee: Benjamin Duffill | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters claimed a comprehensive 8-2 victory over Leicester City in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Saints started the match in good form and controlled possession in the opening stages.

The early pressure from the hosts almost produced the first goal of the afternoon too when Jack Turner spun in the penalty area a hooked an effort narrowly wide of the near post.

However, it did not take long for Saints to take a comprehensive lead after their quick start to proceedings.

After a goalmouth scramble that saw Saints duo Matt Carson and Goran Babic denied by visiting goalkeeper Chituru Odunze in the previous attack, Sam Bellis produced a perfect finish across goal to open the scoring via the inside of the post on 16 minutes.

Another probing advance forward then saw Kazeem Olaigbe given space and time to place calmly into the bottom corner just seven minutes later.

A dominant period for Paul Hardyman’s side was fully rewarded when a firm strike from midfielder Goran Babic proved too hot for Odunze to handle and resulted in the ball nestling in the away net again for 3-0.

Sam Bailey was forced off through injury for Saints shortly before half-time as Leon Pambou took his place in the centre of defence, but that did not stop the hosts adding further to their lead before the break.

First, Babic turned provider by driving across the pitch and finding striker Bellis inside the box to finish well again for his second goal of the game.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Southampton players celebrate Kazeem Olaigbe goal  during the Premier League U18 match between Southampton U18 and Leicester City at Staplewood Training Ground on October 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ramello Mitchell and Jack Turner celebrate during the first half.

Jack Turner then got in on the act by turning home from close range after a dangerous low cross from Ramello Mitchell had found its way to his position at the back post.

Despite being 5-0 to the good, Saints continued to push for more goals into the second-half and were rewarded further for their attacking mindset when half-time substitute Diamond Edwards made it six by rolling the ball into the far corner of the net

A seventh then duly arrived just four minutes later when Sam Bellis completed a well-taken hat-trick by wrong-footing goalkeeper Odunze with another confident finish.

There was still time for Leicester to add some respect to the scoreline from their point of view.

Ethan Fitzhugh claimed the Foxes first of the afternoon on 66 minutes when he followed up a loose ball from close-range and then substitute Will Russ fired past Saints shot-stopper Ollie Wright just two minutes later.

Saints soon got momentum moving back in their favour by adding an eighth goal through Kazeem Olaigbe and then had an ideal opportunity for a ninth shortly afterwards.

Matt Carson drove into the box and won a penalty when he was brought down, but Ramello Mitchell saw his spot-kick saved well by Odunze to keep the scoreline at 8-2 when the final whistle was blown.

Saints Under-18s are back in action later this month when they take on Fulham at Staplewood on the 31st October.

Related

Hasenhüttl: A deserved point
chevron right

Southampton

1
Olly Wright (GK)
2
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
3
Matt Carson
4
Ryan Finnigan
5
Will Tizzard (C)
6
Sam Bailey
replace Leon Pambou (40′)
7
Ramello Mitchell
8
Goran Babic goal
9
Sam Bellis goal goal goal
replace Jayden Smith (62′)
10
Jack Turner goal
replace Diamond Edwards (46′) goal
11
Kazeem Olaigbe goal goal
13
Gustav Lillenburg
12
Leon Pambou
14
Diamond Edwards
15
Marco Rus
16
Jayden Smith

Leicester CIty

1
Chituru Odunze (GK) (C)
2
Jasper Kushitnza
3
Brad Grant
replace Jack Butterfill (5′) replace Tawanda Maswanhise (58′)
4
Dan Obi
5
Freddie Cooke
6
Zach Booth
7
Joe Wormleighton
8
Brandon Cover
replace Will Russ (64′)
9
Kian Pennant
10
Ethan Fitzhugh goal
11
Terell Pennant
13
Harry French
12
Nathan Jamesh
14
Tawanda Maswanhise
15
Jack Butterfill
16
Will Russ
U18 Highlights: Saints 8-2 Leicester
Saints vs Leicester City

U18 Highlights: Saints 8-2 Leicester

Full highlights from a dominating win for Saints' youngsters over Leicester.

timeMon 19 Oct
U18 Preview: Saints vs Leicester
Gallery: Wednesday work SFC_Camera
Saints v Everton

Gallery: Wednesday work

Preparation for Sunday's Everton clash gears up at Staplewood.

time6 hours ago
Fantasy Premier League: Target Saints' differentials West Brom Season Ticket refunds now processed