U18 Report: Saints 3-2 Chelsea

By SFC Media time Sat 20 Aug Saints U18 vs Chelsea U18

Southampton’s Under-18s won an enthralling game against Chelsea 3-2 at Staplewood Campus in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning.

 

Craig Fleming’s young side took the lead in the game before the visitors struck either side of half-time to threaten consecutive defeats for Saints.

But a late comeback which began when the hosts were awarded a penalty after first goal scorer Siph Mdlalose was brought down inside the area. 

Tyreke Johnson stepped up to convert the spot kick and then went on to score a fantastic dipping volley to win the game late on.

Fleming largely kept faith with the team that lost to Tottenham on the opening day, with goal scorer Will Smallbone replacing Harry Hamblin in midfield.

Saints made a good start to this contest, with Mdlalose creating a sixth minute opening for Tyreke Johnson whose low shot to the left post was pushed past the post for a corner.

Johnson was a big threat to Chelsea in the early stages down the left side, but it was from the right that the hosts got themselves in front. Dan N’Lundulu took the ball from midfield and laid the ball out to Mdlalose on the right who sprinted through to beat Chelsea ‘keeper Jared Thompson one-on-one to open the scoring.

Saints were forced into a change soon after when Dan N’Lundulu was forced off through injury, with Harlem Hale replacing the forward to take up a wide position which allowed Johnson to lead the front line.

Chelsea found an equaliser just before the half hour mark when Marc Guehi kept a move alive for the visitors, and his short pass into Tariq Uwakwe invited the midfielder to shoot, and his 20 yard strike flew pas Adam Parkes for 1-1.

There were no further changes for Saints at half time, but Callum Huson-Odoi replaced Luke McCormick on the left side of midfield for the visitors.

And the substitute had an impact within eight minutes of entering the action. His neat touch to take the ball away from Connor Langan saw him take the ball out wide before providing an assist for George McEachran, who drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner as Chelsea made it 2-1.

McEachran warmed the hands of Parkes again soon after with a strike from range, with Chelsea eager to stretch their advantage, but Saints would eventually find a leveller with a goal that changed the game when Mdlalose was brought down inside the area.

Johnson stepped up to find the bottom corner to set up a grandstand finish.

And Johsnon went on to go one better with a terrific dipping volley from range which won the game in the 86th minute to get Saints off the mark in the U18 Premier League.

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