Saints progress in Senior Cup

By SFC Media Tue 19 Nov Saints v Royal Navy
Photo by Chris Moorhouse
Tue 19 Nov 7.45PM
Hampshire Senior Cup
Southampton
3
Royal Navy
0
36' Sean Brennan 50' Mikey Saunders 90' Callum Watts
65' Mikey Saunders 86' Callum Watts
36' Nick Glendon 53' Michael Coshion 75' Dan Roberts
Referee: James Robinson | Venue: Snows Stadium | Attendance: 0

Goals from Sean Brennan, Micky Saunders and Callum Watts saw Southampton’s youngsters into the next round of the Hampshire Senior Cup, after victory against Royal Navy.

Brennan scored from the spot kick with just under ten minutes before the interval, as Harlem Hale was fouled inside the penalty area.

The second against a strong Royal Navy side came through Saunders just after the break; a cross from right finding its way into the net to double the scores.

Saints wrapped up the occasion in the final minute through substitute Watts, who found space on the left-flank and slotted under Royal Navy’s Loz McCormick.

The opening quarter of the game was very evenly contested; Saints skill and ability proving a direct match for Royal Navy’s physicality.

The hosts went close in the 25th minute as James Morris and Harlem Hale combined before the latter’s shot was well blocked.

But the greatest chance of the first half so far fell to Roland Idowu in the 35th minute; hitting one from range after being laid off by Morris, forcing the Royal Navy keeper into a fingertip save over the crossbar.

Mickey Saunders in action during a tight first-half.

Seconds later and the deadlock was finally broken, Hale running through on goal and being taken down inside the penalty area, leaving referee James Robinson with no option but to point to the spot.

Brennan stepped up and found the keeper’s left-hand corner with a clinical spot kick, giving Saints the lead after 36 minutes.

The visitors produced a superb effort two minutes from the break as they looked to respond; Danny Earl using his pace and skill to curl an effort and forcing Tommy Scott into a save on the stretch.

Callum Watts seals the result with a third.

Saints certainly hit the ground running during the second half, Saunders adding a second from a right-sided cross within five minutes of the restart.

In the 63rd minute there was a moment of individual brilliance from Hale; taking down a cross with a first touch which put the ball in his stride, he skips past Royal Navy keeper Loz McCormick and denied only by a last-ditch challenge.

Fitness levels played their part during the remainder of the half, Saints seemingly seeing out the occasion in a professional manner as the second 45 wore on. 

The hosts added a third in the final minute; substitute Watts finding space inside the penalty area and slotting underneath the Royal Navy goalkeeper to seal the result. 

Saints will play AFC Totton in the next round with the date soon to be decided.

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1
Tommy Scott (GK)
2
Kieran Freeman
3
James Morris
4
Seamas Keogh
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
7
Rio Glean
8
Sean Brennan
9
Harlem Hale
Sam Bellis (68′)
10
Roland Idowu
Callum Watts (76′)
11
Mikey Saunders
Marco Rus (89′)
13
Ollie Wright
14
Callum Watts
15
Marco Rus
16
Sam Bellis
12
Sam Bailey

Royal Navy FA

1
Loz McCormick (GK)
2
Mark Drystale
3
Dan Roberts
4
Pete Bradley
Sam Cherry (69′)
5
Nick Glendon
6
R Charles
7
Michael Coshion
Shea Saunders (69′)
8
Danny Kerr (C)
9
Al Sneddon
10
Tom Parry
Harry Gridwood (60′)
11
Danny Earl
12
Shea Saunders
14
Saul Thorpe
15
Shaun Benjamin
16
Sam Cherry
17
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