U23 Report: Saints 1-1 Newcastle

By SFC Media time Fri 09 Nov Saints v Newcastle
Photo by James Bridle
Fri 09 Nov 7PM
Premier League Cup
Southampton
1
Newcastle United
1
Barnes [18']
goal
Sorensen [88']
Afolabi [35'] Valery [65']
yellow card
Roberts [80]
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's Under-23s were pegged back late on in a tightly contested affair, played out in horrendous conditions, at Staplewood Campus.

The rain lashed down for the entirety of the 90 minutes, but undeterred, in-form Marcus Barnes put Saints ahead, slamming home his ninth goal of the season.

The strike, scored in the 19th minute, was one of few chances for the hosts, but an opportunity that Barnes was unlikely to squander, having also netted in each of his previous three appearances.

His tally, already up to nine, has been assisted, for large parts, by Will Smallbone, who was again the architect for the opener.

But late drama managed to halt Saints' recent winning streak, with Elias Sorensen levelling two minutes from time for Newcastle.

On a greasy surface, the ball was slid through to the striker, who timed his run well, and finished smartly under Jack Rose for the equaliser.

A cagey first quarter, in relentless conditions, offered little goalmouth action for either side, as they battled with a continuous bombardment of wind and rain.

Barnes, alive as ever, wasn't to be discouraged by the weather though, and was quickest to react to a rebound from Smallbone's driven shot in the first half.

The ball landed fortuitously at the feet of the midfielder, who took the effort on first time, with Newcastle keeper Nathan Harker helpless but to parry, and up stepped beneficiary Barnes to cooly curl into the far corner.

It was the strike of a player not short of confidence, having played his part in all of Saints' previous three Premier League 2 victories.

But it was the visitors who had the final say. Sorensen had been a handful all game, without really threatening Rose's goal, until the 88th minute.

The ball squidded through to the forward on the move, and he was able to fire low, sending the effort beyond the onrushing Rose, who wasn't helped by an untimely slip from Christoph Klarer.

The home side, keen to atone, nearly stole maximum points at the death. Smallbone had the opportunity from a dead ball situation, central, 25 yards from goal.

He struck it with pace, evading the wall, but not the crossbar, as the effort crashed off the upright and away to safety.

Perhaps less than Saints deserved, but they'll settle for a share of the spoils, safe in the knowledge that their Premier League Cup campaign remains on track.

Southampton

1
Jack Rose (GK)
2
Yan Valery yellow card
3
Jake Vokins
4
Tom O'Connor (C)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Marcus Barnes goal
8
Callum Slattery
replace Harry Hamblin (80′)
9
Jonathan Afolabi yellow card
10
Will Smallbone
11
Tyreke Johnson
12
Kayne Ramsay
13
Adam Parkes
14
Harry Hamblin
15
Alex Jankewitz
16
Nathan Tella

Newcastle United

1
Nathan Harker (GK)
2
Matthew Longstaff
3
Oliver Walters
4
Owen Bailey (C)
5
Stefan O'Connor
6
Kelland Watts
7
Thomas Allan
replace Yannick Toure (72′)
8
Mo Sangare
replace Juan Cumbrera (84′)
9
Elias Sorensen goal
10
Callum Roberts yellow card
11
Adam Wilson
replace Rosaire Longelo (65′)
12
Liam Gibson
13
Will Brown
14
Rosaire Longelo
15
Juan Cumbrera
16
Yannick Toure
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