U18 Report: Saints 0-2 Arsenal

By SFC Media Sat 18 Jan Saints v Arsenal
Photo by Tom Mulholland | Jayden Smith
Sat 18 Jan 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
0
Arsenal
2
Alfie Matthews [22'] Luke Plange [67']
Alfie Matthews [61']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters were edged out for a second successive week against Arsenal on Saturday morning; having also suffered 1-0 loss in the FA Youth Cup nine days prior.

The young guns notched a goal in either half to secure maximum spoils and draw level on points with Saints in the Under-18s Premier League.

Forward Alfie Matthews broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, leaving the hosts trailing at the break, before substitute Luke Plange safeguarded the points seven minutes after the hour mark.

Saints were the architects of their own downfall for the opener, as winger Matthew Dennis nicked the ball off Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo and played it square to Matthews.

The striker turned, 10 yards out, and picked his spot, finding the far corner for a first-half lead.

Plange then doubled the visitors' lead midway through the second period, as a corner was swung in from the left and attacked by a host of yellow shirts.

Saints keeper Oli Wright kept out the initial effort, but parried into the path of substitute poacher Plange, who was quickest to react and poke the ball over the line.

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
2
Seamas Keogh (C)
3
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
4
Kegs Chauke
Callum Watts (64′)
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
Will Tizzard (61′)
7
Marco Rus
8
Jack Turner
9
Jayden Smith
10
Mikey Saunders
11
Ramello Mitchell
Roland Idowu (59′)
12
Callum Watts
13
Roland Idowu
14
Gustav Lillenburg
15
Harvey Woods
16
Will Tizzard

Arsenal

1
Hubert Graczyk (GK)
2
Daniel Oyegoke
3
Joel Lopez Salguero
4
Alex Kirk
5
Mazeed Ogungbo
6
Ben Cottrell (C)
7
Matthew Dennis
Jason Sraha (90′)
8
Catalin Cirjan
Rysn Alebiousu (73′)
9
Alfie Matthews
Luke Plange (64′)
10
Sam Greenwood
11
Nathan Butler-Oyedeji
12
Jason Sraha
13
Alex Kovacecic
14
Luke Plange
15
Rysn Alebiousu
16
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