U23 Report: Saints 1-0 Zagreb

By SFC Media time Tue 14 Aug Saints v Dinamo Zagreb
Photo by James Bridle | Sam Gallagher
Tue 14 Aug 7PM
Premier League International Cup
Southampton
1
Dinamo Zagreb
0
Gallagher [20']
goal
Hesketh [67']
yellow card
Tomislav [23']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters edged out Croatian opposition Dinamo Zagreb at Staplewood in their opening Premier League International Cup clash.

A feisty encounter was settled by Sam Gallagher's first-half header, before Saints were able to use the ball well to close out the remainder of the game in relative comfort.

Zagreb offered little by way of goalmouth threat, as Radhi Jaïdi's side continued their bright start to the season, with tonight's victory making it a confidence boosting two wins from two.

Saints settled early. Clearly keen to show some intent in a new competition, the hosts were playing slick one touch football, unsettling Zagreb from the off.

Josh Sims was gaining plenty of joy down the left flank, and carved the first chance for the home side in the 15th minute.

Accelerating away from his man, the winger stood the ball up at the back post, where Gallagher was arriving, but the striker's header, accurate enough, was turned off the line.

Moments later, and Gallagher, towering above his counterparts, wasn't to be denied twice. Tom O'Connor whipped an in-swinging delivery towards the six yard line from the right, where the frontman had made a clever run across his marker, and applying a deft touch with his head, sent the ball beyond Horkas Dinko.

Saints deserved the lead, although the visitors weren't without their own threat. Zagreb forward Knezevic Tomislav had probed throughout the half, but was somewhat isolated in the final third.

In truth, Jack Rose wasn't troubled, much owing to the confidence of his backline, who defended resolutely when presented with a series of Zagreb corners towards the end of the half.

Just after the restart, a well struck Will Smallbone free-kick rippled the roof of the net, but the ball finished the wrong side of the crossbar, as Saints went in search of another breakthrough.

Both sides made changes thereafter; Zagreb hoping to find a route back into the game, and Saints just shoring up their slender first half advantage.

The Croatian side had a bright spell ten minutes from time. Cuze Mario delivered a cross from wide right, where Marin Antonio met it, but the header was glanced marginally off target.

Jaïdi's side were content closing out the tie with their one goal lead, despite Zagreb's last ditch attempts to find the net.

Midfielder Ben Rowthorn entered the field to protect the back four, as a physical Zagreb resorted to punting the ball long, but Saints stood tall and sealed the first win of their new International Cup campaign.

Southampton

1
Jack Rose (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Jake Vokins
4
Will Smallbone
5
Christoph Klarer
6
Tom O'Connor (C)
7
Sam Gallagher goal
replace Marcus Barnes (73′)
8
Callum Slattery
9
Michael Obafemi
replace Tyreke Johnson (79′)
10
Jake Hesketh yellow card
replace Ben Rowthorn (79′)
11
Josh Sims
12
Jake Flannigan
13
Alex Cull
14
Ben Rowthorn
15
Harry Hamblin
16
Tyreke Johnson
17
Siph Mdlalose
18
Marcus Barnes

Dinamo Zagreb

1
Horkas Dinko (GK)
2
Barisic Tomislav
3
Briski Mihael
4
Hyunwoo Kim
5
Sutalo Josip
replace Cuic Petar (57′)
6
Plantak Karlo (C)
7
Marin Antonio
8
Gjira Marko
9
Knezevic Tomislav yellow card
replace Sipos Leon (74′)
10
Gyuhyeong Kim
replace Anic Lovro (88′)
11
Cuze Mario
12
Juric Lovro
14
Stanic Mato
15
Anic Lovro
16
Cuic Petar
17
Sipos Leon
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