U18 Report: Saints 5-0 Swansea

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Jan Saints v Swansea
Photo by Tom Mulholland
Thu 23 Jan 1PM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
5
Swansea
0
Seamus Keogh [12'] (p) Jack Turner [33'] [45'] [88'] Ramello Mitchell [83']
goal
Referee: G Dunn | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

A Jack Turner hat trick inspired Southampton's youngsters to their first league win since November, breezing past Swansea with a 5-0 victory at Staplewood.

Seamas Keogh's penalty opened the scoring after eleven minutes, following Ramello Mitchell being fouled in the box.

The lead was doubled after 33 minutes; Turner grabbing his first of the afternoon after nicking possession before adding his second just before the break.

Swansea came out with a bit more bite during the second half, but Saints continued to be ruthless adding a fourth through Mitchell and then Turner completing his hat trick with two minutes to go.

It was tight start between two relatively well-matched sides, who played out a competitive opening ten minutes largely within the middle of the park.

With eleven minutes on the clock Saints’ Olaigbe played a piercing through ball into Mitchell, who was tripped after beating Swansea keeper Tyler Evans leaving the referee no option.

Up stepped Keogh, who fired low and hard into the keeper’s bottom right corner to put Saints into an early lead.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: during the Barclays Under 18 Premier League match between Southampton FC and Swansea City at the Staplewood Campus on January 23, 2020 in Southampton, England
Seamus Keogh is congratulated following his penalty.

There was a break in play just ahead of the 20 minute mark as the referee pulled up with a calf injury, eventually resulting in Saints’ own Sam Bailey stepping in to run the line after five minutes of stoppage time.

Following the restart the game continued how it left off prior to the Saints goal; Swansea’s Scott Butler going close in the 31st minute with Wright tipping his effort over the bar.

But it was the home side who would make their chances count first; Turner nicking the ball off of Cian Williams and coolly slotting home after 33 minutes to double their lead.

The visitors didn’t lie down despite going further behind; Josh Thomas volleying a corner over from inside the penalty box with five to go before the break.

Unfortunately for the visitors, with first half injury time looming, Saints further added to their lead; Otseh-Taiwo beating his man down the left wing, before finding an unmarked Turner in the box who headed home his second goal of the game.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Jack Turner of Southampton FC celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal and his side's third goal during the Barclays Under 18 Premier League match between Southampton FC and Swansea City at the Staplewood Campus on January 23, 2020 in Southampton, England
Jack Turner celebrates following his first half double.

Saints started the second half just as they finished the first; Mitchell cutting inside after 48 minutes and forcing an early second half save for Evans.

As the half wore on the visitors began to enjoy more possession; Will Rickard and Josh Thomas linking well but ultimately struggling to break down a stubborn Saints defence.

The hosts continued to show their quality going forward too; Mitchell and Defise combining throughout out on the left wing with quick passing moves as they searched for a fourth.

Thomas went close again for Swansea, breaking free down the left and hitting an effort across the face of Wright’s goal after 68 minutes.Saints started the second half just as they finished the first; Mitchell cutting inside after 48 minutes and forcing an early second half save for Evans.

Wright was called into action once more just before the 75th minute mark; Swansea captain Jacob Jones whipping in a cross which eventually meant the Saints keeper had to work to tip it round the post.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: during the Barclays Under 18 Premier League match between Southampton FC and Swansea City at the Staplewood Campus on January 23, 2020 in Southampton, England
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo firing in a cross as Saints come forward.

Despite the Swansea chances it was Saints who were next to score; Mitchell bursting through the visitors’ defence and slotting past Evans to make it four after 83 minutes.

Minutes later it could have been a fifth, substitute Callum Watts getting on the end of a Roland Idowu cross but can only fire over.

With two minutes left on the clock, Turner completed his hattrick; latching onto the end of a Defise pass to hit an effort first time into the bottom right corner.

The fifth and final goal confirmed Saints’ first win in the league since November, lifting them up to sixth in the Southern U18 Premier League.

Their attentions now turn to the visit to Chelsea in league action once again on the 1st of February.


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Southampton

1
Olly Wright (GK)
2
Seamus Keogh icon-goal
3
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
4
Kegs Chauke
5
Pascal Kpohomouh (C)
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Marco Rus
replace Callum Watts (78′)
8
Jack Turner icon-goal icon-goal
9
Ramello Mitchell icon-goal
replace Jayden Smith (83′)
10
Lucas Defise
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
replace Roland Idowu (78′)
12
Will Tizzard
13
Matt Hall
14
Callum Watts
15
Roland Idowu
16
Jayden Smith

Swansea

1
Tyler Evans (GK)
2
Kai Ludvigsen
3
Jacob Jones (C)
4
Scott Butler
5
Cian Williams
replace Luke Motruk (46′)
6
Jake Thomas
7
Connor Shields
8
Erik Kenko-Djoudie
9
Josh Thomas
replace Mike Murphy (82′)
10
Will Rickard
11
Charlie Clancy
12
Luke McKendry
17
Mike Murphy
14
Adrian Motti
15
Luke Motruk
16
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