U18 Report: Swansea 4-2 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 17 Aug Swansea v Saints
Photo by James Bridle
Sat 17 Aug 11AM
U18 Premier League
Swansea
4
Southampton
2
Thomas [10' 21'] Al-Hamadi [27' 34']
goal
Tchaptchet [45'] Idowu [53']
yellow card
Cluett [64'] Olaigbe [86']
Venue: Landore Training Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters were comfortably beaten on their opening away trip of 2019/20, losing out 4-2 to Swansea City at Landore Training Centre.

A frantic first half, including a share of five goals, left Saints with a mountain to climb after the break, having themselves conceded four of the five registered.

Benni Smales-Braithwaite also saw a penalty-kick saved - just before the visitors managed to scrape one back - adding to a particularly difficult first 45 minutes for Paul Hardyman’s side.

Defender Allan Tchaptchet was the scorer of Saints' only first-half strike, finding the net after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

Roland Idowu - who was also on the scoresheet against Aston Villa last week - also clawed a goal back shortly after the restart, but ultimately the damage had been done in the first period, condemning Saints to a second consecutive Under-18s Premier League loss.

Swansea frontman Josh Thomas had the hosts ahead on ten minutes, smashing home from a loose rebound, before adding a second eleven minutes later, side-footing past Oli Wright after being slid in by Morgan Clark - his brace putting the young Swans in firm control of the tie early on.

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17: Benni Smales (R) of Southampton is challenged by Scott Butler of Swansea during the U18 Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Landore Training Ground on August 17, 2019 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
Benni Smales-Braithwaite against Swansea City

Wideman Ali Al-Hamadi then enjoyed a particularly productive spell, as he netted twice in the space of seven minutes - nipping in front of Saints' defence and applying a deft touch to Jacob Jones' cross in the 27th minute, before heading home from Ryan Bevan's corner in the 34th.

Saints rallied thereafter, and actually had the better of the second-half chances. James Morris's in-swinging corner caused confusion in the Swansea box, allowing Tchaptchet to pounce, before a well-worked move, again involving Morris, resulted in a goal for Idowu, as he swivelled in the box and found the bottom corner.

Ultimately, though, a below par first half gave the visitors little chance of a complete revival, and they left Wales empty handed.

Their next game, a home encounter with Chelsea, will provide the chance for redemption in seven day's time, as Hardyman welcomes back the other half of his squad who are currently in an international tour in China.

Swansea

1
Alex Rutter (GK)
2
Jacob Edwards
3
Jacob Jones
4
Ryan Bevan (C)
5
Jake Thomas
6
Scott Butler
7
Bradley Gibbings
replace Adnan Moti (74′)
8
Morgan Clark
9
Josh Thomas goal goal
replace Luke Motruk (86′)
10
William Rickard
11
Ali Al-Hamadi goal goal
replace Charlie Clancy (93′)
13
Josh Hutchings
14
Charlie Clancy
15
Luke McKendry
16
Adnan Moti
12
Luke Motruk

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
2
Ryan Cluett yellow card
3
James Morris
4
Callum Watts
5
Pascal Kpohomouh (C)
6
Allan Tchaptchet goal
7
Rio Glean
replace David Agbontohoma (45′)
8
Lucas Defise
replace Seamas Keogh (45′)
9
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
replace Marco Rus (45′)
10
Roland Idowu goal
11
Kazeem Olaigbe yellow card
12
David Agbontohoma
14
Seamas Keogh
15
Marco Rus
16
Toby Neville
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