U23 Report: Newcastle United 2-0 Saints

By SFC Media time Tue 28 Feb Newcastle U23 vs Saints U23
Photo by Naomi Baker | Jake Vokins
Tue 28 Feb 1PM
Premier League Cup
Newcastle
2
Southampton
0
Charman [65' 85']
goal
Cook [15'] Hesketh [67']
yellow card
Referee: Peter Wright | Venue: Northumberland County FA | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s will have to wait to see their fate in the Premier League Cup, after they lost 2-0 to their Newcastle United counterparts at Whitley Park.

Substitute Luke Charman's second-half double proved decisive in a clash that Saints entered into in the knowledge that a win or a draw would see them move on past the group stage of the competition.

Radhi Jaïdi made four changes from the side that lost 2-0 to top-of-the-table Everton at Goodison Park in Premier League 2.

Defender Alfie Jones returned, while Tyreke Johnson, Thomas O’Connor, Harley Willard all came in.

The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, winning successive corners inside five minutes, with O’Connor’s in-swinging delivery being punched away by Matz Sels.

Newcastle had their first chance of the half on eight minutes when Dan Ward collected the ball on the edge of the box, before seeing his shot deflect off Ollie Cook for a corner.

On 22, Ward was involved again when he took Yasin El-Mhanni’s inch-perfect through ball, only to see his effort blocked.

harley willard during the Premier League Cup match between Newcastle U23 and Southampton U23 at Whitley Park, Newcastle, England on 28 February 2017. Photo by Naomi Baker/SFC/Digital South.
Harley Willard drives forward in the first-half

The lively forward then had the ball in the net on 42 minutes when a neat exchange in the box saw Haris Vuckic find his run, and he finished low past Harry Lewis, only to see the flag raised for offside.

In the opening exchanges of the second-half, Saints had the first effort when O’Connor took aim from the edge of the box, seeing his right-footed drive rise harmlessly over the bar.

But after making a double change in search of a winner, Luke Charman scored with one of his first touches, as he fired the ball past Lewis and into the far corner.

Saints responded with a double substitution of their own as Siph Mdlalose and Callum Slattery replaced Jake Hesketh and Harley Willard.

However, the visitors continued to pose the most attacking threat, with Callum Williams seeing his effort saved by Lewis, before Massadio Haidara blazed over from a tight angle.

And as Jaïdi's men ventured further forward looking for a late leveller, Charman doubled his personal tally for the afternoon when he raced through before finishing across goal, this time with his left foot.

Newcastle United

1
Matz Sels (GK)
2
Callum Williams
3
Liam Gibson
4
Jack Hunter (C)
5
Curtis Good
6
Stewart Findlay
7
Yasin El-Mhanni
replace Luke Charman (65′) goal goal
8
Dan Barlaser
9
Haris Vuckic
10
Dan Ward
replace Jamie Holmes (65′)
11
Massadio Haidara
12
Michael Newberry
13
Nathan Harker
14
Victor Fernandez
15
Jamie Holmes
16
Luke Charman

Southampton

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Jake Vokins
4
Alfie Jones
5
Ollie Cook yellow card
6
Will Wood
7
Harley Willard
replace Siph Mdlalose (67′)
8
Thomas O'Connor
9
Ryan Seager
10
Jake Hesketh (C) yellow card
replace Callum Slattery (67′)
11
Tyreke Johnson
replace Jonathan Afolabi (83′)
12
Armani Little
13
Kingsley Latham
14
Callum Slattery
15
Siph Mdlalose
16
Jonathan Afolabi
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