U23 Report: Saints 1-1 Stoke

By SFC Media Sat 05 Oct Saints vs Stoke
Photo by Isabelle Field | Dan N'Lundulu
Sat 05 Oct 3PM
Premier League Cup
Southampton
1
Stoke City
1
N'Lundulu [53']
Dunwoody [62']
Ramsay
Kigbu Dunwoody Sorensen
Referee: Scott Jackson | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 150

Southampton Under-23s would have to settle for a point from their Premier League Cup opener, as Stoke came from behind to salvage a share of the spoils at Staplewood.

The young Saints’ go-to man so far this season, Dan N’Lundulu, pounced to put Radhi Jaïdi’s side in front eight minutes into the second half, but Jake Dunwoody’s smart finish levelled things up nine minutes later.

Having been on the back foot for most of the game, the visitors finished strongly and Jack Bycroft was called upon to make a couple of crucial late saves to ensure Saints would not leave emptyhanded.

Saints went close to an opener in the very first minute, when Kayne Ramsay picked out Alex Jankewitz in the box, whose sharp turn bought him a yard of space, but his shot just whistled past the far post and beyond the reach of the sliding N’Lundulu.

Then N’Lundulu raced on to Callum Slattery’s ball over the top and shrugged aside the last defender, only to be denied by goalkeeper Blondy Nna Noukeu.

At the other end, Kayne Ramsay made a flying clearance to preserve parity, before Bycroft repelled a shot from distance in an entertaining opening.

That lively start gave way to a scrappy first half that never lived up to its early promise. 

Kameron Ledwidge gets across his man to maintain possession

Kameron Ledwidge tested Noukeu from the edge of the box, before Slattery eyed up the top corner from a free-kick awarded in an inviting position, but the ball sailed narrowly over the top.

Bycroft was a mere spectator for much of the first period, but did have to be alert soon after the interval to keep his side on level terms, as Gabriel Kyeremateng fed Julien Ngoy, who was thwarted by the legs of the young stopper as he spread himself well.

It would prove a pivotal moment, as Saints went down the other end to break the deadlock through N’Lundulu, who reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to drill the ball into the corner of the net on the turn from six yards.

The visitors should really have drawn level before they did, as substitute Patrick Jarrett steered a gilt-edged chance wide from Kyeremateng’s lay-off, but Stoke would not be denied as Dunwoody struck the equaliser with an unerring low drive from 20 yards.

The goal gave the Potters confidence, and Cameron McJannet might have done better when he headed wide from a corner, before Bycroft twice came to Saints’ aid late on, latterly a sharp reflex save with his feet to preserve a point.

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Kayne Ramsay
3
Kameron Ledwidge
4
Allan Tchaptchet
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Callum Slattery (C)
Sean Brennan (70′)
8
Alex Jankewitz
9
Dan N'Lundulu
10
Lucas Defise
Seamas Keogh (81′)
11
Christian Norton
Kornelius Hansen (61′)
12
Seamas Keogh
13
Tommy Scott
14
Sean Brennan
15
Kornelius Hansen

Stoke City

1
Blondy Nna Noukeu (GK)
2
Tre Pemberton
Patrick Jarrett (53′)
3
Ryan Corrigan
4
William Forrester
5
Cameron McJannet
6
Ash Kigbu
7
Jake Dunwoody (C)
8
Lasse Sorensen
9
Gabriel Kyeremateng
10
Julien Ngoy
11
Daniel Jarvis
12
Connor Taylor
13
Xander Park
14
Patrick Jarrett
15
Ethon Varian
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