U18 Report: Spurs 6-1 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 29 Feb Spurs v Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Caleb Watts
Sat 29 Feb 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Spurs
6
Southampton
1
Bennett [16'] Alonso [24'] Etete [45'] [85'] John [53'] Cooper pen [70']
goal
Defise [60']
Referee: Rhys Battye | Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton's youngsters fell to defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the U18 Premier League on Saturday.

Goals from J’Neil Bennett, Yago Alonso, Nile John, Chay Cooper and a Kion Etete double secured a dominant performance for Spurs, with Lucas Defise scoring Saints’ only goal of the game on the whole mark.

Saints started the game strongly, Jack Turner having a header after just six minutes well saved by Spurs keeper Kacper Kurylowicz.

The hosts’ opener followed just ten minutes later; Bennett hitting a fierce effort into the far corner leaving Oliver Wright with no chance.

It didn’t take long for Tottenham to add a second, Alonso making the most of a defensive mix-up to double Spurs’ lead after 24 minutes.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Oliver Wright of Southampton FC 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
Oliver Wright made some early saves to keep Saints in the game.

The pressure didn’t stop there from the hosts, with John hitting an effort just wide just shy of the half hour mark before Wright saved well from a close-range Bennett strike.

Turner once again looked to be Saints’ bright spark, having another effort one-on-one saved by Kurylowicz after 38 minutes.

With the visitors pressing the third Spurs goal was harsh on Carl Martin’s side, Etete hitting his first of the afternoon from close range on 45 minutes.

The second half started much like the first ended; Turner looking lively again as he latched onto a through ball by Defise before hitting his first time effort over after 50 minutes.

Three minutes later Spurs delivered another sucker punch; John getting a goal his chances warranted with a long range, low effort into the far corner.

Just shy of the hour mark came a touch of rest bite for Saints, with a hail storm drawing proceedings to a halt.

LOUGHBOUROUGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Lucas Defise during Premier League International Cup match between Derby County and Southampton at Loughborough University Stadium on December 10 2019 in Loughborough, England (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Lucas Defise grabbed a consolation for Saints.

Following the break the visitors grabbed a goal their periods of pressure deserved, Defise finishing off a neat passing move with a driven effort into the bottom corner, assisted by Marco Rus.

With the game becoming a far tighter affair following the Saints’ goal it took a referee’s decision for the next goal of the game to arrive.

Etete broke through into the Saints penalty area, before being tripped and awarded a penalty in the 69th minute of which substitute Cooper stepped up and made no mistake.

With five to play there was still time for another Spurs goal, Etete grabbing his second and rounding off the scoring.

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Spurs

1
Kacper Kurylowicz (GK)
3
Jordan Hackett
5
Aaron Skinner
6
Marqes Muir
2
Dermi Lusala
8
Nile John goal
10
Yago Alonso goal
11
J'Neil Bennett goal
7
Romaine Mundle
4
Matthew Craig
9
Kion Etete (C) goal goal
13
Thimothee Lo-Tutala
14
Max Robson
15
Chay Cooper
12
Rafferty Pedder

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
6
Sam Bailey
3
James Morris
2
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
5
Allan Tchaptchet
10
Lucas Defise goal
4
Seamas Keogh (C)
8
Jack Turner
7
Marco Rus
9
Ramello Mitchell
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
13
Eddie Beech
12
Callum Watts
16
Jayden Smith
14
Caleb Watts
15
Teddy Davey
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