U23 Report: Saints 2-4 Liverpool

By SFC Media time Mon 26 Aug Saints v Liverpool
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Dan N'Lundulu
Mon 26 Aug 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Southampton
2
Liverpool
4
Smallbone [14'] N'Lundulu [62']
goal
Brewster [12'] Jones [26'] Chirivella [51'] Longstaff [83']
Referee: Matthew Russell | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 158

A six-goal thriller was edged by visiting side Liverpool in Premier League 2 on Monday evening, as Southampton’s youngsters fell to their second defeat of the campaign.

An action-packed 90 minutes, with three goals in each half, produced plenty of entertainment at Staplewood Campus, but unfortunately for Radhi Jaïdi’s side wasn’t able to yield a share of the points.

The Reds had plenty of talent on show, not least forward trio Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones and summer signing Harvey Elliot, with the former two both on the scoresheet in the first-half.

Saints’ Dan N’Lundulu was also among the goals once again, netting his third of the season, but last year’s Premier League 2 runners-up came out on top on the night, moving them off the bottom of the Division One table.

Brewster had the visitors ahead with a smart low finish in the 12th minute, after good work down the left by Curtis Jones, before Will Smallbone drew Saints level a mere two minutes later.

Southampton U23s v Liverpool U23s, Staplewood Campus, Marchwood, Southampton            Picture: Chris Moorhouse       Monday 26th August 2019
Will Smallbone levels proceedings in the first-half against Liverpool

The midfielder was found on the edge of the area by Benni Smales-Braithwaite, after tireless work from Jake Vokins, and side-footed his shot accurately inside the near post.

Jones, having created the first, then got himself on the scoresheet, latching onto Pedro Chirivella’s incisive through ball and, aware of an onrushing Harry Lewis, had the foresight to finish below him.

Chirivella netted Liverpool’s third shortly after the restart, smashing home from a corner after Callum Slattery had turned the ball off the line, before in-form N’Lundulu snatched another goal back for the hosts.

Vokins had raced forward down the left, in characteristic fashion, and found the striker lurking in space on the six yard line with a low cross, which N’Lundulu gladly turned home with a first-time finish.

Louie Longstaff’s deflected effort sealed the points for Liverpool seven minutes from time, beating Lewis from a tight angle, with Elliot the architect. 

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Liverpool
  • Possession (%)
    48
    comparison angle
    52
  • Shots
    10
    comparison angle
    19
  • Shots on target
    2
    comparison angle
    9
  • Corners
    3
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    309
    comparison angle
    347

Southampton PL2

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
4
Kameron Ledwidge
6
Christoph Klarer
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
replace Alexandre Jankewitz (89′)
2
Kayne Ramsay
10
William Smallbone goal
8
Callum Slattery (C)
3
Jake Vokins
7
Harlem Hale
replace Kieran Freeman (45′)
9
Daniel N'Lundulu goal
11
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
replace Marcus Barnes (58′)
14
Alexandre Jankewitz
16
Marcus Barnes
13
Tommy Scott
15
Lucas Defise
12
Kieran Freeman

Liverpool PL2

1
Caoimhin Kelleher (GK)
5
Morgan Boyes
2
Ki-Jana Hoever
4
Sepp van den Berg
3
Yasser Larouci
replace Tony Gallacher (64′)
6
Pedro Chirivella goal
8
Elijah Dixon-Bonner
10
Adam Lewis
7
Harvey Elliott
replace Neco Williams (87′)
9
Rhian Brewster (C) goal
replace Luis Longstaff (63′) goal
11
Curtis Jones goal
16
Tony Gallacher
14
Luis Longstaff
15
Thomas Clayton
12
Neco Williams
13
Daniel Atherton
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