Date set for Pompey youth game

By SFC Media Wed 27 Nov FDSC

Southampton’s FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Portsmouth will take place on Tuesday 10th December at St Mary’s.

The match will kick off at 7pm, with tickets going on  sale at 9am on Thursday 28th November.

Tickets for this match will be priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions, and will be available in the Itchen Stand only.

To purchase your ticket for this match, go to our online ticket site, call our ticket sales hotline on 02381 780 780 or visit the St Mary’s Ticket Office – please note that booking fees may apply, whilst all tickets purchased are subject to the Ticket Terms and Conditions.

This fixture represents Saints’ first fixture in this season’s FA Youth Cup, while Portsmouth have been involved since the First Round.

Pompey trounced local non-leaguers Moneyfields 12-0 in round one, before narrowly squeezed past Bedfordshire side Barton Rovers in the next stage last week.

Under-18s coach Jason Dodd, who came up against Southampton’s south-coast rivals plenty of times during his playing career, says he’s looking forward to the occasion.

“If you can’t get up for this sort of game, then when are you going to get up for a game?” he said.

“For these young players, it’s great to play at the stadium, and you couldn’t get a better tie with the rivalry and us being so close.

“Portsmouth individually have got some really good players so we know it’s going to be a really tough game. They’ve got some of their boys that are in and around the first team.”

Saints went out of the competition in the third round last season, going out with a 2-0 defeat by eventual quarter-finalists Everton at St Mary’s.

The likes of James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers were drafted in from the First Team and Development Squad for that match, with Dodd unsure as to whether he will repeat that approach this time out.

“The last few years when we’ve played at St Mary’s, we haven’t shown what we’re about and we had some very good players,” admitted the coach.

“We had James [Ward-Prowse], Luke [Shaw] and Calum [Chambers] playing last year and we didn’t perform to our standards that we’ve been doing week-in, week-out.

“We’re trying to get the best solution at the moment. We’re going to try and treat it as a normal game. 

“We’ll be going in it to win it, but win it playing well – that’s what we’re expecting from the players.”

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