FA Youth Cup Preview: West Ham United vs Saints

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Southampton’s Under-18s travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United in the FA Youth Cup semi-final on Thursday evening, with kick-off at 7pm.

West Ham United vs Saints
FA Youth Cup semi-final
London Stadium
Thursday 6th April, 19:00 GMT
For ticket and streaming details see below

Saints have already made history in this season's competition as they prepare to step out in the club's first Youth Cup semi-final since 2006, knowing a victory would set up the first final appearance since 2005.

The talented young group reached the last four with an impressive 3-1 win over Preston North End thanks to a brace from Kamari Doyle before Dom Ballard sealed their progress.

Their journey began with a dramatic 3-2 win over Coventry in extra-time of the third round, before a dominant 4-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Saints then dispatched league rivals Fulham with another 3-2 win in the fifth round at St Mary's Stadium before knocking out Preston in the quarter-finals.

League rivals West Ham are also enjoying a successful season as they are currently top of the Under-18s Premier League.

The young Hammers reached the semi-final with a dramatic 4-2 victory after extra time against Ipswich Town with goals from Gideon Kodua, Callum Marshall, Ryan Battrum, and Divin Mubama.

Their journey has seen them knock out Sheffield United, Burnley, Stoke City and Ipswich on their route to the final four for only the second time in their history - since they last won the competition in 1999.

Much like Saints, West Ham's youngsters have enjoyed success in the higher age groups this campaign with Mubama making four first team appearances and scoring his first senior goal in the Europa Conference League.

The winners of Thursday's clash will face Arsenal in the final, after the Gunners saw off Manchester City with a last-gasp 2-1 extra-time win earlier in the week.


Tickets are available through West Ham United's website with supporters requiring a West Ham Account. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults/Over 65s: £7
Under 21s: £5
Under 18s: £3


For supporters who can't travel to the London Stadium, the game will be streamed on the FA Player.


Ahead of the semi-final, two of Saints ever-present players in the competition, Kamari Doyle and Jayden Meghoma, previewed their trip to West Ham.