U18 Report: Arsenal 0-1 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 31 Aug Arsenal v Saints
Photo by Robin Jones
Sat 31 Aug 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Arsenal
0
Southampton
1
goal
Watts [90']
Alfie Matthews [70']
yellow card
Referee: James Welsh | Venue: Arsenal Training Centre | Attendance: 150

Substitute Callum Watts was the hero as Southampton’s youngsters left it late to secure an impressive away victory over their Arsenal counterparts in the Under-18 Premier League.

Watts dispatched Seamus Keogh’s square pass to wrap up the points in the 90th minute at the Shenley Training Centre.

Saints were good value for the victory, having created the better of the chances, starting with Lucas Defise testing Arsenal keeper Hubert Graczyk early on.

Ramello Mitchell then rounded Graczyk and looked set to open the scoring, only for a covering defender to block his shot on the line.

The Gunners were more of an attacking force after the interval, striking the post 13 minutes from time as they sensed victory.

But instead it was Paul Hardyman’s side who took the points. After Marcos Rus shot straight at Graczyk three minutes from time, the game seemed destined set to finish goalless, but there was still time for one last chance.

When Caleb Watts crossed to the far post, skipper Keogh kept the ball alive and Callum Watts was there, in the right place at the right time ten minutes after coming on, to convert the winner.

Arsenal

1
Hubert Graczyk (GK)
2
Matthew Dennis
3
Joel Lopez Salguero
4
Miguel Azeez (C)
5
Zane Monlouis
6
Alex Kirk
7
Nathan Butler-Oyedeji
8
Catalin Cirjan
replace Malcolm Ebiowei (74′)
9
Luke Plange
replace Charlie Patino (61′)
10
Alfie Matthews yellow card
11
Kido Taylor-Hart
replace Zach Awe (90′)
12
Henry Jeffcott
13
Remy Mitchell
14
Zach Awe
15
Charlie Patino
16
Malcolm Ebiowei

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
2
Ryan Cluett
3
James Morris
4
Kgagelo Chauke
replace Callum Watts (80′) goal
5
Sam Bailey
6
David Agbontohoma
7
Seamas Keogh (C)
8
Alex Jankewitz
replace Caleb Watts (63′)
9
Ramello Mitchell
replace Jayden Smith (85′)
10
Lucas Defise
11
Marco Rus
12
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
13
Matthew Hall
14
Callum Watts
15
Caleb Watts
16
Jayden Smith
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