U18 Report: Saints 2-3 Liverpool

By SFC Media Mon 25 Nov Saints vs Liverpool
Photo by Tom Mulholland
Sat 23 Nov 11AM
U18 Premier League Cup
Southampton
2
Liverpool
3
Michael Saunders 36' Roland Idowu 54'
Tyler Morton 29' Max Woltman 62' Owen Beck 90+2'
Referee: P Lowe | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters suffered an agonising last-minute defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.

Saints had responded well after Tyler Morton put the visitors ahead in the 29th minute; Michael Saunders and Roland Idowu putting the home side ahead.

But after a passage of constant pressure Liverpool got what they were looking for in the 92nd minute; Owen Beck sliding in at the back post to grab a winner for the visitors.

The opening half an hour of the game was fairly even, Morton and Thomas Hill had efforts well saved by Saints’ Oliver Wright whilst Pascal Kpohomouh fired just over for the hosts.

But it was the visitors who went ahead, Morton waiting at the back post to hit home the first of the afternoon in the 29th minute.

Olly Wright made some important saves throughout the afternoon.

Saints’ response was admirable, less than ten minutes later Saunders cut in from the right flank and fired into the keeper’s near corner, levelling the scores.

After the break it was more of the same from Southampton’s youngsters; Idowu made the most of a defensive slip to drive into the box and thumping the hosts into the lead.

But the lead didn’t last long, with Liverpool pressing they soon got their reward just past the hour mark; Max Woltman nicking possession off of a Saints defender and slotting home the equaliser.

Understandly picking up some momentum after their leveller, the visitors dominated the remaining minutes of the game.

Whilst Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo had an effort well saved by Liverpool debutant keeper Harvey Davies, it remained the hosts’ only real meaningful chance since their second.

Wright was a busy man for Saints, notably saving an effort from Hill in the 66th minute.

But as admirable as the hosts’ defensive efforts were, the visitors eventually got their third in the dying seconds.

Beck found himself with space at the back post, and his gamble to make the run paid off when he found the ball at his feet with the clock just ticking past the 92nd minute mark.

Roland Idowu pounced on the Liverpool defence to put Saints ahead. 

Southampton

1
Olly Wright
2
Zuriel Taiwo Otseh
3
James Morris
4
Callum Watts
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Sam Bailey
7
Mikey Saunders
8
Caleb Watts
9
Sam Bellis
10
Jack Turner
11
Rio Glean
12
Roland Idowu
13
Gustav Lillenburg
14
Jayden Smith
15
Goran Babic
16
Toby Neville

Liverpool

1
Harvey Davies
2
Conor Bradley
3
Owen Beck
4
Jarell Quansah
5
Remi Savage
6
Leighton Clarkson (C)
Soan Wilson (46′)
7
Thomas Hill
8
Tyler Morton
Jake Cain (87′)
9
Max Woltman
10
Dominic Corness
11
James Norris
Jack Wallis (79′)
12
Soan Wilson
13
Luke Hewitson
14
Jake Cain
15
Jack Wallis
16
Abel Rodriques

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