U18 Report: Saints 0-2 Spurs

By SFC Media Sat 21 Sep Spurs v Saints
Photo by Tom Mulholland
Sat 21 Sep 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
0
Spurs
2
Whittaker [45+3']. Cesay [52']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters were edged out 2-0 by visiting side Tottenham Hotspur in Under-18s Premier League action at Staplewood on Saturday morning.

A goal in each half secured the three points; the opener late in the first period, and the second shortly after the interval.

In truth, the hosts were far from outplayed by their Spurs counterparts, but the London side possessed more potency in attack, and buried the only two chances they created.

Saints, on the other hand, hit the post and crossbar twice, but weren’t able to make a breakthrough, despite plenty of bright passages and several chances to effect the scoreline.

What looked to be a goalless first half ended with a killer blow for Saints. The tie was entertaining, in the September sunshine, with the hosts carving open Spurs on multiple occasions, but it was the youngsters in blue who made their solitary chance count.

Saints were undone rather easily for the opener, as untracked winger Tarrelle Whittaker was released down the right by Max Robson, and he slotted his shot through the legs of Olly Wright in first-half stoppage time.

Perhaps undeserved, but a smart move was rounded off by an incisive finish, nevertheless.

James Morris against Tottenham Hotspur at Staplewood

Ramello Mitchell had seen his shot dragged wide not long before, a presentable chance, while forward Sam Bellis had a golden opportunity in the 40th minute, as the ball landed at his feet from a cross centrally.

Missed by all Spurs’ defenders, the ball dropped kindly to Bellis six yards from goal, but the shot rattled the post and then evaded a potential follow-up from Ryan Cluett.

Paul Hardyman’s side were punished further in the 52nd minute, as full-back Kallum Cesay turned home the rebound from Rafferty Pedder’s shot, which cannoned off the post and into the path of Cesay.

Roland Idowu's effort midway through the half looked destined for the top corner, which would have been no less than Saints deserved, but it crashed off the crossbar and was consequently cleared from danger.

Sam Bailey's shot from distance also boomed off the upright late into stoppage time, but it wasn't to be for the youngsters in red and white, who slipped to defeat.

Southampton

1
Olly Wright (GK)
2
Ryan Cluett
3
James Morris
4
Kegs Chauke
5
Sam Bailey
6
David Agbontohoma
Allan Tchaptchet (58′)
7
Seamas Keogh (C)
8
Roland Idowu
9
Sam Bellis
Kazeem Olaigbe (64′)
10
Marco Rus
Mikey Saunders (79′)
11
Ramello Mitchell
12
Allan Tchaptchet
13
Matt Hall
14
Callum Watts
15
Mikey Saunders
16
Kazeem Olaigbe

Spurs

1
Kacper Kurylowicz (GK)
2
Kallum Cesay
3
Dermi Lusala
4
Matthew Craig
Raferty Pedder (23′)
5
Malachi Fagan-Walcott
Marqes Muir (45′)
6
Luis Binks (C)
7
Enock Asante
8
Chay Cooper
Yago Alonso (77′)
9
Kion Etete
10
Max Robson
11
Tarrelle Whittaker
12
Raferty Pedder
13
Timi Lo-Tutala
14
Romaine Mundle
15
Marqes Muir
16
Yago Alonso
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