U18 Report: Saints 1-3 Chelsea

By SFC Media Sat 11 Aug Saints v Chelsea
Photo by Matt Watson
Sat 11 Aug 11AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
1
Chelsea
3
Ramsay [87']
Anjorin [38' pen] Ballo [40'] Nunn [55']
Lavinier [85']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's Under-18s lost out to last year's league champions at Staplewood Campus on the opening day of the new campaign.

The visitor's three goals were scored in quick succession, two at the backend of the first half, and one just after the restart, putting Chelsea firmly in command after what was an evenly contested tie up until the game's opener.

Tino Anjorin netted a penalty for the first, before Theirno Ballo and substitute George Gunn added two further goals.

Saints pulled one back deep into the second period, with Kayne Ramsay reacting quickest in the box to turn home three minutes from time, but the game had been wrapped up by an impressive display from the Londoners - who'll no doubt be in the running for the Under-18s title once more this year.

Goalscorer Ballo had the opportunity to sneak the visitors ahead inside six minutes, bending his run well, before slicing the shot off target from an angle. The No.10 was lively throughout, though, and got his rewards when rounding off a well crafted move in the 40th minute for Chelsea's second.

Saints weren't without their own threat - as a couple of bright moments from Enzo Robise crafted a chance for new Under-18s skipper Sean Brennan in the first half. His shot, accurate enough, lacked pace, and was caught by Karlo Ziger in the Chelsea upright.

The high tempo meant both keepers were kept busy. Anjorin forced a fine save from Jack Bycroft just before the opening goal, firing point blank as Saints' stopper, who reacted smartly and produced a good save low to his right.

Christian Norton, whose endeavour and work rate was impressive after a goal laden pre-season, had a few half chances saved, but Saints weren't able to make a breakthrough.

An entertaining first period finished with a flourish for the visitors, who despatched a quick fire double to enter the break with a two goal lead. Anjorin took a tumble in the box, after a rather clumsy challenge, and taking on the resulting penalty, he smashed the ball into the roof of the net - leaving Bycroft with little chance.

Ballo then capitalised on the away side's momentum, doubling their lead on the stroke of half time, before substitute Nunn added a third ten minutes into the second half.

The quality of the finish was again impressive, with the former Crewe Alexandra teenager finding the top corner from the edge of the area.

Saints made changes to try and effect the course of the game, with Benni Smales-Braithwaite and Caleb Watts entering the fold, but Chelsea's youngsters kept the ball well, making it hard for the substitutes to have any real impact.

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Kayne Ramsay
3
James Morris
4
Dan Bartlett
Caleb Watts (66′)
5
David Agbontahoma
6
Allan Tchapchet
7
Enzo Robise
8
Sean Brennan (C)
9
Christian Norton
10
Kornelius Hansen
Benni Smales-Braithwaite (63′)
11
Will Ferry
12
Kameron Ledwidge
13
Oliver Wright
14
Simon Kozak
15
Caleb Watts
16
Benni Smales-Braithwaite

Chelsea

1
Karlo Ziger (GK)
2
James Clark
3
Marcel Lavinier
4
Jack Wakely
5
Ian Moatsen
George Nunn (52′)
6
Jonathon Russell
Jordan Aina (72′)
7
Marcel Lewis
8
Clinton Mola
9
Armando Broja
10
Thierno Ballo
11
Tino Anjorin
Dynel Simeu (80′)
12
Dynel Simeu
13
Jake Askew
14
Henry Lawrence
15
Jordan Aina
16
George Nunn
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