U23 Report: Saints 0-1 Derby County

By SFC Media time Fri 21 Apr Saints U23 vs Derby U23
Photo by Naomi Baker
Fri 21 Apr 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Southampton
0
Derby County
1
goal
Babos [65']
Reed [53']
yellow card
Stabana [70']
Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s fell to a 1-0 defeat against their Derby County counterparts in Premier League 2 at St Mary’s.

Despite looking the more likely to make a breakthrough, the hosts were hit with a sucker punch when Alex Babos gave Darren Wassall’s side the advantage after the hour mark.

Radhi Jaïdi’s men started the brighter of the two teams and Josh Sims almost struck the first blow when he saw his drive test Kelle Roos in the Derby goal.

Their dominance almost paid dividends again when substitute Armani Little, on in place of an injured Yan Valery, got to the byline and picked out the run of Ryan Seager, who couldn’t quite turn his effort goalwards.

The visitors grew into the half though, with Mason Bennett’s low effort drifting just wide of Mouez Hassen’s goal.

After the break, the game followed a similar pattern, with Saints pressing for what was proving to be an elusive opener.

And it was to be the Rams who got it, when clever footwork from Cameron Cresswell saw the winger find Babos, who swept home from close range.

The goalscorer went close again late on when he broke clear from a Saints corner, before seeing his tame, low shot saved by the feet of Hassen.

Jaïdi introduced young forward Nathan Tella in search of a vital goal, and the former Arsenal man came close when Harrison Reed’s free-kick fell to him on the edge of the box, but his drive was inches wide.

nathan tella during Southampton FC U23 v Derby County U23, at St Mary's stadium, Southampton, 21st April 2017, pic by Naomi Baker/Southampton FC
Nathan Tella in action

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Sam McQueen’s marauding run down the left was almost rewarded when his inviting deep cross was punched away as far as Cuco Martina, who dragged his first-time volley.

Southampton

1
Mouez Hassen (GK)
2
Yan Valery
replace Armani Little (11′) replace Jonathan Afolabi (75′)
5
Florin Gardos
6
Cuco Martina
3
Sam McQueen
8
Alfie Jones
4
Harrison Reed yellow card
10
Callum Slattery
11
Josh Sims
7
Olufela Olomola
replace Nathan Tella (65′)
9
Ryan Seager
13
Harry Lewis
14
Will Wood
15
Nathan Tella
12
Armani Little
16
Jonathan Afolabi

Derby County

1
Kelle Roos (GK)
2
Kyron Stabana yellow card
3
Callum Macdonald
4
Max Bird
5
Alex Cover
6
Ethan Wassall
7
Cameron Cresswell
replace Jayden Bogle (90′)
8
Timi-Max Elsnik
replace Sven Karic (42′)
9
Emil Jakobsen
10
Alex Babos goal
11
Mason Bennett
replace Luke Thomas (77′)
12
Sven Karic
13
Henrich Kavas
14
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
15
Jayden Bogle
16
Luke Thomas
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