U18 Report: Leicester 3-4 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 06 Apr Leicester v Saints
Photo by James Bridle
Sat 06 Apr 12PM
U18 Premier League
Leicester CIty
3
Southampton
4
Pennant [4'] Loughlin [28'] Gyamfi [pen 72']
goal
Norton [53' pen 77'] Turner [81'] Sams [OG]
Venue: Leicester City Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton's Under-18s sealed victory over Leicester City in the most dramatic fashion on Saturday morning, coming back from two nil down to clinch a memorable 4-3 win.

Paul Hardyman's side were forced to come from behind after two first-half mistakes both led to goals for the hosts; an advantage they held until the break.

But a second-half revival from Saints, sparked by Christian Norton, made for an exciting finale, despite both sides being reduced to ten men late on.

The visitors' fightback began with Norton's 53rd minute strike, as he pounced in the box from a corner to halve the deficit, and was unlucky not to have another six minutes later, latching onto Will Ferry's cross but seeing his effort turned off the line.

Just as Saints were beginning to wrestle back control of the game, they suffered another setback; substitute Harrison Myring was fouled by Pascal Kpohomouh in the box, gifting Leicester a penalty kick, which was despatched by Johnson Gyamfi in the 71st minute.

Two-goal advantage restored, but the tie was far from over. Foxes defender Lukas Husek received his marching orders two minutes later for a cynical foul on Jack Turner, obstructing the midfielder who was through on goal.

A mere 60 second later, it was Saints' turn from the spot. Ferry rolled his defender, before being bought down inside the area, allowing Norton to slot home from 12 yards. Game on.

Sensing opportunity, and with a man advantage, the visitors then drew themselves deservedly level in the 80th minute. Alex Jankewitz pulled the ball back to Turner, who was arriving on the scene late, and he swept home to make it 3-3.

Hero to villain in a matter of minutes, Turner then suffered the same fate as Husek earlier in the half. He received a second yellow card for a rash tackle, and was forced to watch the remaining nine minutes from the sidelines.

With both teams feeling like they'd earned the rights to a share of the spoils, a stoppage time winner might be deemed unjust, but Saints' courageous second-half performance deserved it.

Benni Smales-Braithwaite's corner was kept in by Jankewitz in the 93rd minute, and then turned goalward by Tchaptchet, where defender Tom Sams looked to have the final touch, as it crept over the line.

Heartbreak for the hosts, who'll feel hard done by after conceding so late, but jubilation for Saints, who more than made up for an uncharacteristically poor start with a spirited second-half display, securing all three precious points.

Leicester CIty

1
Oliver Bosworth (GK) (C)
2
Oliver Murch
3
Bailey Aisthorpe
4
Leon James
5
Justen Kranthove
replace Tom Sams (92′)
6
Lukas Husek red card
7
Dempsey Arlott-John
8
Liam Loughlin goal
9
Will Russ
replace Harrison Myring (57′)
10
Terell Pennant goal
11
Johnson Gyamfi goal
replace Cameron Gbadebo (79′)
12
Tom Sams
13
Jakub Stolarczyk
14
Connor Barrett
15
Cameron Gbadebo
16
Harrison Myring

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Seamas Keogh
replace Ryan Cluett (89′)
3
James Morris
4
Alex Jankewitz goal
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Will Ferry
replace Roland Idowu (79′)
8
Callum Watts
replace Caleb Watts (63′)
9
Christian Norton (C) goal goal
10
Jack Turner yellow card red card goal
11
Benni Smales-Braithwaite yellow card
12
Ryan Cluett
13
Oliver Wright
14
Roland Idowu
15
Caleb Watts
16
Rio Glean
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