U23 Report: Arsenal 1-0 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 23 Nov Arsenal v Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Harlem Hale
Sat 23 Nov 1PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Arsenal
1
Southampton
0
John-Jules [44']
goal
Mavropanos (41')
yellow card
Referee: Richard Hulme | Venue: Meadow Park | Attendance: 194

Saints pushed Arsenal all the way, but ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat in Premier League 2 on Saturday.

Gunners striker Tyreece John-Jules scored the only goal of the game a minute from the break, twisting and shooting first time into the bottom left-hand corner.

Despite being dominated in terms of possession during the first half, Saints had chances either side of the interval to grab an equaliser with Harlem Hale having the pick of the bunch.

Tommy Scott capped off a commanding performance in the visiting net in the 90th minute, saving a penalty from John-Jules as he dived down to his left.

It was a relatively quiet first twenty minutes at Boreham Wood; Arsenal enjoying the lion’s share of possession and having the game’s best chance after 19 minutes; Trae Coyle hitting a fierce effort that was well saved by Scott.

Saints got their first real chance in the 25th minute; Harry Hamblin finding Hale who was denied an effort on goal by a last-ditch challenge.

LONDON, ENGLAND - November 23: Harlem Hale chance on goal of Southampton during PL2 match between Arsenal and Southampton at Meadow Park on November 23 2019 in London England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Harlem Hale went close after 25 minutes.

Seconds later Hale was involved again, seemingly unmarked at the back post with an open net, the Gunners were fortunate not to go a goal down following a perfect ball from Kazeem Olaigbe.

The home side continued their pressure as the half wore on, Alex Jankewitz producing a vital block to deny Arsenal’s James Olayinka in the 37th minute.

In the 44th minute the Gunners finally broke down the stubborn Saints defence; Matthew Smith with a ball forward finding John-Jules who hit an effort, on the turn, and found the bottom left corner.

LONDON, ENGLAND - November 23: Lucas Defise header of Southampton during PL2 match between Arsenal and Southampton at Meadow Park on November 23 2019 in London England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Lucas Defise with a header during a tough first-half.

Arsenal’s pressure continued into the second half, James Olayinka hitting the post in the 49th minute via Scott’s strong left hand.

But as half went on Saints began to control matters in a way they hadn’t done before during the afternoon; dominating possession and beginning to threaten the Gunners’ defence.

After 64 minutes defender Christoph Klarer headed just over from Olaigbe’s corner, typifying the foothold the visitors were starting to have in the game.

LONDON, ENGLAND - November 23: Christoph Klarer cross into box of Southampton during PL2 match between Arsenal and Southampton at Meadow Park on November 23 2019 in London England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Christoph Klarer headed over from a corner just past the hour mark.

The hosts always looked threatening on the counter, though, with John-Jules involved again forcing a good save from Scott in the 70th minute.

Seconds later, however, Saints had a huge chance to equalise; Christian Norton firing an effort across goal but Hale, at the back post like he was in the first half, was unable to turn it home.

Arsenal had another chance to extend their lead just past the 80-minute mark, Olayinka finding space on the edge of the box and making Scott work.

LONDON, ENGLAND - November 23: Christian Norton cross into box of Southampton during PL2 match between Arsenal and Southampton at Meadow Park on November 23 2019 in London England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Christian Norton getting forward as Saints enjoyed more of the ball during the second half.

In the final minute the home side were awarded a fortunate penalty; John-Jules involved again alleged to have been pulled back despite not going to ground.

John-Jules stepped up, and had his effort superbly saved by Scott who had an impressive afternoon in the Saints goal.

Arsenal

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    70
    comparison angle
    30
  • Shots
    16
    comparison angle
    5
  • Shots on target
    5
    comparison angle
    0
  • Corners
    12
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    563
    comparison angle
    193

Arsenal PL2

1
Karl Hein (GK)
6
Konstantinos Mavropanos yellow card
3
Tolaji Bola (C)
2
Zak Swanson
5
Harry Clarke
10
Ben Cottrell
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8
James Olayinka
4
Matthew Smith
11
Nathan Tormey
9
Tyreece John-Jules goal
7
Trae Coyle
12
Joseph Olowu
13
James Hillson
15
Zech Medley
16
Jordan McEneff
14
Tobi Omole

Southampton PL2

1
Tommy Scott (GK)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
2
Kayne Ramsay
6
Christoph Klarer
3
Kameron Ledwidge
8
Alexandre Jankewitz
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10
Lucas Defise
4
Harry Hamblin (C)
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7
Harlem Hale
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
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9
Christian Norton
12
Kieran Freeman
15
Kgagelo Chauke
13
Matthew Hall
14
Seamas Keogh
16
Marco Rus

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