U18 Report: Villa 5-1 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 24 Nov Aston Villa v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Benni Smales-Braithwaite
Sat 24 Nov 11AM
U18 Premier League
Aston Villa
5
Southampton
1
Colin Odutayo [3' pen 90+2'] Lewis Brunt [4'] Jacob Ramsey [11'] Tyreik Wright [27' pen]
Benni Smales-Braithwaite [52']
Luke Ige [51']
Pascal Kpohomouh [49'] Caleb Watts [80']
Referee: Robbie Dadley | Venue: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s suffered a heavy defeat away to their Aston Villa counterparts on Saturday morning, in the Under-18 Premier League.

An early blitz that put the youngsters 3-0 down after the opening 11 minutes set up a difficult afternoon, and, although they made it more of a contest after that, the hosts ended up prevailing 5-1.

Colin Odutayo’s third-minute penalty, following a trip right on the edge of the area, meant a nightmare start for Paul Hardyman’s side, and it would get worse immediately.

A miscued clear from Caleb Watts a minute later fell to Lewis Brunt 18 yards out, and he finished low to Jack Bycroft’s right.

Any hopes of potentially being able to make a comeback were pretty much ended in the 11th minute, when Jacob Ramsey got free from a corner to finish from close range.

It wasn’t long until Villa added a fourth, as Rio Glean committed a foul in the box and Tyreik Wright stepped up to finish the hosts’ second spot kick of the game.

Saints started the second half in better fashion, and did get a goal back on 52 minutes, as Benni Smales-Braithwaite was brought down 20 yards out, dusting himself off to beat the Villa keeper from the resulting free-kick with the aid of a deflection.

The game then petered out with little in the way of notable action, until Villa grabbed a fifth in added time, as Odutayo raced onto a through pass, rounded Bycroft and slotted home.

Aston Villa

1
Vijami Sinisalo (GK)
2
Brad Burton
3
Charlie McConnachie
4
Jake Walker (C)
5
Luke Ige
6
Ethan Patterson
7
Tyreik Wright
Ben Guy (78′)
8
Lewis Brunt
Indiana Vassilev (20′)
9
Cameron Archer
Aaron Pressley (70′)
10
Jacob Ramsey
11
Colin Odutayo
12
Ben Guy
13
Akas Onodi
14
Myles Sohna
15
Indiana Vassilev
16
Aaron Pressley

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Oludare Olufunwa
3
Kameron Ledwidge
4
Caleb Watts
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Rio Glean
Roland Idowu (46′)
8
Dan Bartlett
10
Sean Brennan (C)
Taymar Fleary (46′)
11
Kornelius Hansen
Callum Watts (46′)
18
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
12
James Morris
13
Matthew Hall
14
Callum Watts
15
Roland Idowu
16
Taymar Fleary
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