U23 Report: Man City 3-4 Saints

By SFC Media Sun 11 Aug Man City v Saints
Photo by James Bridle
Sun 11 Aug 1PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Man City
3
Southampton
4
Braaf [32' 71'] Rogers [45+5']
Hansen [55'] O'Connor [86'] N'Lundulu [87' 90+3']
Jankewitz (22') O'Connor (36') Slattery (75') Klarer (89')
Referee: Steven Copeland | Venue: City Football Academy | Attendance: 304

Southampton's youngsters were victorious on the opening day of their 2019/20 Premier League 2 season, completing a sensational comeback victory over Man City.

Following last year's promotion to Division One, Saints were handed one of the tougher first weekend fixtures at City Academy Stadium, but navigated it superbly, despite finding themselves behind a number of times throughout the 90 minutes.

Jayden Braaf had opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark, before Morgan Rogers, on his City debut, added a second before the break, leaving Saints trailing.

But an extraordinary second 45 minutes, packed with five goals, saw Saints claim their first three points of the new season, in particularly dramatic style.

Kornelius Hansen pulled a goal back 10 minutes after the restart - Saints' high tempo press paying dividends - before the away side were pegged back once more by Braaf's second of the afternoon.

Disappointed to concede for the third time, Saints then enjoyed their best spell of the game. Captain Tom O'Conor stepped up to reduce City's lead to a single goal in the 85th minute, cleverly looping a header over Gavin Bazunu, leaving the visitors with five minutes to make further dent in the scoreline.

Dan N'Lundulu during the second half at City Academy Stadium

From then on, it was striker Dan N'Lundulu who took the game to City. Substitute Will Ferry spotted Jake Vokins on the overlap, who fizzed the ball wickedly across the face of goal, finding Harlem Hale at the back post.

Hale's finish was skewed, but found the feet of N'Lundulu who smashed the ball beyond Bazunu to draw Saints level. Amazingly, there was time yet for a winner.

Buoyed by the way they'd siezed a foothold in the tie, it was clear that there was appetite for more from the youngsters in red and white.

Hale had been released down the right in stoppage time, and having got to the byline, lay the ball back to N'Lundulu. The forward set himself, before sweeping the ball first time in to the far corner - a strike befitting of victory and of maximum spoils. 

Three goals scored within the space of eight second-half minutes sealed the win for Saints, with the final strike, scored in the 93rd minute, sparking a frenzied celebration from players and coaching staff alike.

Man City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    67
    33
  • Shots
    18
    14
  • Shots on target
    5
    8
  • Corners
    7
    7
  • Passes Complete
    555
    223

Manchester City PL2

1
Gavin Bazunu (GK)
2
Jeremie Frimpong
4
Taylor Harwood-Bellis
3
Eric Garcia
5
Nathanael Ogbeta
10
Tommy Doyle (C)
8
Adrián Bernabé
6
Aleix García
7
Morgan Rogers
11
Jayden Braaf
9
Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo
Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi (45′)
16
Nabili Zoubdi Touaizi
12
Alpha Richard Dionkou
14
Iker Pozo
15
Ben Knight
13
Louie Moulden

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
6
Christoph Klarer
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
Kieran Freeman (45′)
4
Thomas O'Connor (C)
2
Kayne Ramsay
7
Alexandre Jankewitz
Harlem Hale (81′)
3
Jake Vokins
8
Callum Slattery
11
Kornelius Hansen
Will Ferry (65′)
9
Daniel N'Lundulu
10
William Smallbone
14
Kieran Freeman
12
Kameron Ledwidge
13
Tommy Scott
15
Will Ferry
16
Harlem Hale
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