U18 Report: Brighton 1-3 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 02 Mar Brighton v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Will Ferry
Sat 02 Mar 11AM
U18 Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion
1
Southampton
3
Ben Wilson [59']
Will Ferry [38'] Christian Norton [63'] Kornelius Hansen [90+2']
Kornelius Hansen [55']
Venue: The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Brighton in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday morning.

After an unlucky defeat to Arsenal last time out, Paul Hardyman's side emerged at the AMEX Performance Centre clearly intent on earning a result that their performance deserved. 

The ever impressive Will Ferry was on the scoresheet once more, alongside Christian Norton, who himself is enjoying a productive campaign in front of goal - taking his seasonal tally to nine.

Kornelius Hansen made the points safe in stoppage time, while Brighton's only goal of a contest largely dominated by Saints was scored by frontman Ben Wilson.

It was a poor opening quarter for the visitors, though, who were reliant on a string of Jack Bycroft saves to keep Brighton at bay early on.

A couple of warning shots were enough to spark Saints into life thereafter, and Ferry, who had already had a valid goal disallowed for a supposed offside, was the one to make the breakthrough. It was the least his individual contribution deserved.

Picking the ball up on the halfway line in the 38th minute, the winger embarked on a solo run, skipping past the challenge of Tristan Cover, and then, regaining his balance, fired across goal from a tight angle, finding the top corner.

But, having taken the lead late in the first period, Saints found themselves pegged back early in the second. Ryan Longman had cut inside from the right wing, and shot low across Bycroft, who was forced to parry, incidentally into the path of Wilson, and he gladly stuck in the rebound.

Chances came and went for both sides, but it was the visitors, in their changed all red strip, who eventually made their influence count. Norton forced an error from the Seagulls defence a mere four minutes after they had drawn level, pinching the ball high, and bearing down on goal with just the keeper to beat, made no mistake with a fierce low finish.

The visitors rarely looked troubled after regaining the lead, but Hansen made the points secure seconds before the final whistle. His finish was as emphatic as the two Saints strikes before it, as he motored past two ineffective challenges before cutting inside onto his right boot and firing low beyond Carl Rushworth.

Saints move into fifth as a result, overtaking Aston Villa and within touching distance of West Ham who are two points further ahead, while Brighton slip to ninth. 

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Carl Rushworth (GK)
2
Ayo Tanimowo
3
Trialist
4
Julien Carre
Kasper Lapata (56′)
5
Luca Cocoracchio
6
Ben Clark-Eden
7
Laurent Tolaj
Stefan Vukoje (45′)
8
Teddy Jenks
9
Ben Wilson
10
Danny Cashman
11
Ryan Longman (C)
12
Tareq Shihab
13
Roco Rees
14
Stefan Vukoje
15
Kasper Lapata
16
Cameron Tutt

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Dare Olufunwa
3
Kameron Ledwidge (C)
4
Ethan Burnett
Seamas Keogh (71′)
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Will Ferry
8
Callum Watts
Rio Glean (86′)
9
Christian Norton
Roland Idowu (78′)
10
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
11
Kornelius Hansen
12
James Morris
13
Alex Cull
14
Seamas Keogh
15
Roland Idowu
16
Rio Glean
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