Saints bow out of the FA Youth Cup

By SFC Media Thu 09 Jan Arsenal vs Saints
Photo by Tom Mulholland
Thu 09 Jan 7PM
FA Youth Cup
Arsenal
1
Southampton
0
Matthew Dennis [80']
Sam Bailey [83']
Venue: Meadow Park | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup following a late second half goal from Arsenal’s Matthew Dennis.

The game was an evenly contested cup tie throughout, both sides having chances and showing their quality in an attacking and defensive sense during a tight 90 minutes of football.

But eventually it was Arsenal who broke the deadlock; substitute Matthew Dennis breaking free of the Saints midfield and finishing off a superb solo goal which left Bycroft with no chance.

Southampton were almost off to the perfect start; the lively Marco Rus bursting down the left wing inside two minutes before finding Caleb Watts on the edge, whose first time hit rattled the post.

After their nervous start Arsenal began to grow into the game, Cirjan enjoying a lot of possession in dangerous areas in and around the 15-minute mark but to no avail with Saints standing strong.

But as with many cup ties, the momentum shifted again; captain Pascal Kpohomouh rising highest to head home a Olaigbe free-kick, which keeper Graczyk collected well.

Saints' Alex Jankewitz battling with Sam Greenwood during the first half.

Both sides enjoyed their fair share of possession and their fair share of chances in a tightly contested first half; Arsenal testing Bycroft with a Greenwood free kick which the keeper was equal to, before Ramello Mitchell hit an effort from range which flew just over.

Further Arsenal chances came through Charlie Patino and Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, but the scores were deservedly level at the break.

The second half continued in a similar fashion, Olaigbe involved again curling an effort into the arms of Graczyk after 50 minutes before Cottrell fired a free kick over for the Gunners.

Chances kept coming as the game became an end-to-end affair; Rus finding the ball inside the penalty area who couldn’t flick the ball towards goal following Mitchell’s low cross.

Ramello Mitchell looked a threat down the left wing.

Caleb Watts tried his luck again after 65 minutes, smashing an effort at Graczyk from range with pace after finding some promising space.

Saints then had a call for a penalty turned down by the official, Mitchell bursting into the penalty area and skipping past his man before hitting the deck, but doing so too easily for the referee.

It was Lucas Defise’s chance to go close soon after coming on; the midfielder coming inches away from Mitchell’s lobbed through ball.

Next it was Arsenal’s opportunity to attack, and it was their best chance of the game; Cottrell fed through one-on-one by Bycroft made a superb save to deny the home side’s skipper.

Marco Rus used his skill and agility throughout.

But for all of Saints’ second half chances, it was Arsenal who went ahead; substitute Dennis with a superb solo run which Bycroft had no chance with from range.

The visitors, as they had done throughout the tie, came forward and looked to get the better of a stubborn Arsenal defence.

But eventually it was the home side who went through to the fifth-round of the FA Youth Cup.

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Arsenal

1
Hubert Graczyk (GK)
2
Daniel Oyegoke
3
Joel Lopez
4
Charlie Patino
Marcelo Flores (84′)
5
Alex Kirk
6
Mazeed Ogungbo
7
Nathan Butler-Oyedeji
Matthew Dennis (74′)
8
Ben Cottrell (C)
9
Alfie Matthews
Luke Plange (0′)
10
Catalin Cirjan
11
Sam Greenwood
12
Zane Monlouis
13
Remy Mitchell
14
Luke Plange
15
Matthew Dennis
16
Levi Laing
17
Jason Sraha
18
Marcelo Flores

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Seamus Keogh
3
James Morris
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo (40′)
4
Kegs Chauke
5
Pascal Kpohomouh (C)
6
Sam Bailey
7
Marco Rus
8
Alex Jankewitz
9
Ramello Mitchell
Jayden Smith (84′)
10
Caleb Watts
Lucas Defise (72′)
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
12
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
13
Oliver Wright
14
Alan Tchaptchet
15
Lucas Defise
16
Jack Turner
17
Callum Watts
18
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