Michael Obafemi hailed a “very special night” at St Mary’s as the striker celebrated the first hat-trick of his Saints career to destroy Wolves in the FA Youth Cup.
Saints trailed to Bradley Carr’s opener midway through the first half, but crucially struck back on the stroke of half-time through Harry Hamblin.
The tie still hung in the balance with 18 minutes to go, before Obafemi took matters into his own hands with a memorable treble, including a penalty with the very last kick of the game.
“It’s a very special night,” said the teenager.
“It’s my first hat-trick for the club, so it’s onwards and upwards from here.
“We’ve not had the best results from youth level through to the first team, so it’s a big boost for the club.”
Obafemi said Hamblin’s equaliser set the tone for the second-half turnaround.
“When we came in at half-time everyone was buzzing and we knew we could bounce back and win the game,” he added.
“They (coaches Craig Fleming and Danny Butterfield) told us we were doing well and just said if we carried on doing what we were doing we would come out on top, which we did.”
Obafemi’s first two goals were virtual carbon copies, as he raced on to balls in behind the Wolves defence to finish calmly.
“I saw the ball going over the top and I knew I was going to get there before the defender because I knew I was faster than him,” he said of the first. “I just took the chance and scored.
“It boosted my confidence heavily, knowing that if I could score easily like that then I could get a hat-trick, which I eventually did.”