U18 Report: Saints 2-5 Spurs

By SFC Media time Sat 01 Sep Saints v Spurs
Photo by Matt Watson | Enzo Robise
Sat 01 Sep 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
2
Spurs
5
Robise [pen 29'] Glean [90'+4]
goal
Mukendi [4' 19'] Markanday [51'] Clarke [66'] Patterson [70']
yellow card
Smales-Braithwaite [76']
Referee: Roger Smith | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s suffered a 5-2 defeat to their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts at Staplewood Campus on Saturday morning.

A second-half surge from the visitors saw a heavy loss inflicted on the hosts, although there had been little between the sides up to that point in what was an exciting opening 45 minutes.

Saints started brightly and went close to taking the lead after just three minutes, as Will Ferry fed James Morris down the left, with his low cross working its way to Christian Norton in the area, only for his low shot to be well saved by Spurs keeper Jonathan De Bie.

It proved a particularly crucial stop as, seconds later, the visitors went down the other end and scored.

A through ball from deep picked out the run of Jeremie Mukendi, and he finished coolly with a low shot into the far corner.

Saints came close to levelling in the seventh minute, as the lively Enzo Robise sent in a low cross from the right that flashed all the way to the back post, where Ferry came flying in at close range, but his effort was blocked superbly by Max Tainio.

It was a back-and-forth game, but Saints fell further behind when, in the 19th minute, a long ball out of defence picked out Mukendi over the top, and he once again finished into the same bottom corner.

The hosts responded excellently to the setback, though, and halved the deficit in the 29th minute.

Robise was upended in the area by De Bie, and the Saints winger then stepped up to stroke home the spot kick.

The game was nearly level moments later, as captain Sean Brennan saw a low shot across goal saved, before De Bie produced a stunning stop from Robise in the 33rd minute, after he had been played through by Brennan’s inch-perfect pass.

Try as they might, though, Saints could not get the equaliser before the break, and they ended up falling further behind six minutes into the second half.

Luis Binks chipped an angled ball into the area, with Dilan Markanday reaching it just before Jack Bycroft, chesting it past the Saints keeper and slotting into an empty net.

Three became four in the 66th minute, as Spurs substitute Rayan Clarke, who was not long on, showed sharp feet in the area to work himself space, ahead of firing a low strike past Bycroft.

Spurs then made it 5-1 in the 70th minute, as Phoneix Patterson shifted the ball onto his left foot on the edge of the box and struck a superb effort into the far top corner.

Christian Norton went close to reducing the deficit on a couple of occasions in the closing stages, heading just over and also hitting the bar, before substitute Rio Glean grabbed a consolation with what was almost the last kick of the game, firing into the far corner from a tight angle.

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Kayne Ramsay
3
James Morris
4
Dan Bartlett
5
David Agbonthoma
replace Simon Kozak (82′)
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Enzo Robise goal
replace Rio Glean (73′) goal
8
Caleb Watts
replace Benni Smales-Braithwaite (73′) yellow card
9
Christian Norton
10
Sean Brennan (C)
11
Will Ferry
13
Oliver Wright
12
Simon Kozak
14
Kameron Ledwidge
15
Rio Glean
16
Benni Smales-Braithwaite

Spurs

1
Jonathan De Bie (GK)
2
Max Tainio
3
Harvey White
4
Jamie Bowden
5
Malachi Walcott
replace Maxwell Statham (79′)
6
Luis Binks
replace Elliot Thorpe (77′)
7
Maurizio Pochettino
replace Rayan Clarke (61′) goal
8
Armando Shashoua
9
Jeremie Mukendi goal goal
10
Dilan Markandy goal
11
Phoenix Patterson goal
13
Josh Oluwayemi
12
Elliot Thorpe
14
Rayan Clarke
15
Enock Asante
16
Maxwell Statham
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