U18 Report: Saints 1-3 Fulham

By SFC Media Sat 22 Feb Saints v Fulham
Photo by Tom Mulholland | Marco Rus
Sat 22 Feb 11AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
1
Fulham
3
Jack Turner [85']
Jay Stansfield [23' 58'] Oliver O'Neill [65']
Oliver O'Neill [58']
Referee: Alex Blake | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters suffered a 3-1 defeat to leaders Fulham at Staplewood Campus in the Under-18 Premier League.

The Cottagers maintained their position at the top of the South section standings with an impressive display as they applied plenty of pressure throughout.

They came close to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half, only for Will Tizzard to make a fine block from the dangerous Jay Stansfield, as he was picked out by a Sylvester Jasper cutback.

But it was only a temporary reprieve for Saints, as, shortly after, an Idris Odutayo cross from deep on the left flicked off the head of a home defender and fell into the path of Stansfield, who controlled and prodded past home keeper Oliver Wright.

Fulham had a chance to make it 2-0 almost immediately, as Lewis Payne was harshly judged to have tripped Fabio Carvalho just inside the area, but Wright guessed correctly from Stansfield’s penalty and held on to make the stop.

In the 58th minute, though, he couldn’t deny the striker his second goal, as a slick move saw Jasper chip a ball through for Carvalho to square into Stansfield’s path for a tap-in.

Oliver O’Neill then made it 3-0 to the visitors on 65 minutes, as he finished after being played in by Jasper, and, although Jack Turner pulled one back when he flicked in substitute James Morris’s late free-kick, the points were claimed by the visitors.

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
2
Lewis Payne
James Morris (54′)
3
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
4
Seamas Keogh (C)
Callum Watts (68′)
5
Will Tizzard
Allan Tchaptchet (31′)
6
Sam Bailey
7
Marco Rus
8
Jack Turner
9
Jayden Smith
10
Lucas Defise
11
Ramello Mitchell
12
James Morris
13
Gustav Lillenburg
14
Callum Watts
15
Rio Glean
16
Allan Tchaptchet

Fulham

1
Damian Las (GK)
2
Cody Drameh
3
Idris Odutayo
4
Jonathan Page
5
Connor McAvoy
6
Luca Murphy
7
Fabio Carvalho (C)
8
Oliver O'Neill
Mika Bierith (76′)
9
Jay Stansfield
10
Sylvester Jasper
Ibane Bowat (81′)
11
Jean-Pierre Tiehi
Terry Ablade (45′)
12
Mac Chisholm
14
Ibane Bowat
15
Mika Bierith
16
Terry Ablade
17
Xavier Benjamin
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