U18 Report: Saints 1-2 Crystal Palace

By SFC Media time Mon 21 Sep Saints vs Crystal Palace
Photo by Isabelle Field | Jayden Smith
Sat 19 Sep 11AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
1
Crystal Palace
2
Babic [21']
goal
Omilabu [8'] [90+2']
Finnigan [7'] Carson [36']
yellow card
Thisleton [29'] Steele [37']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters were dealt a harsh blow on Saturday, losing to Crystal Palace in the Under-18s Premier League with the last kick of the game.

Things did not start well for Saints, who conceded a penalty inside the opening ten minutes to their visitors.

David Omilabu stepped up and made no mistake on eight minutes to give Palace to lead.

Saints responded just over ten minutes later; Goran Babic, who is really starting to find his scoring touch at the club, making the most of a defensive mix-up to curl home the equaliser.

The remaining big chances of the half fell to the hosts as they looked to rectify their early set-back; Sam Bellis finding space after some head tennis in the Palace box but only able to drill his shot wide.

Following the break the visitors began to grow in terms of dominance, Will Tizzard doing tremendously well for Saints by blocking an effort just inside the penalty area just shy of the hour mark.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: southampton players celebrate Goran Babic goal during the Premier League U18 match between Southampton FC U18 and Crystal Palace FC at Staplewood Training Ground on September 19, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints celebrate Goran Babic's equaliser.

Ollie Wright was also kept busy during the second half, making a strong save down to his left-hand side in the 71st minute as Palace continued to press.

With ten minutes remaining Saints also looked likely to grab a winner; Marco Rus looking dangerous from the flank as he looked to create an opening.

But, cruelly with the last kick of the game, Palace scored their second as the clock ticked past the 92nd minute mark; Omilabu beating the offside trap to tap in from a square ball with the last kick of the game.

The result means Saints are still looking for their first win of the season and remain 12th in the division, whilst Palace move up to sixth after winning what was their first game of the new campaign.

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Southampton

1
Ollie Wright (GK)
2
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
5
Will Tizzard
6
Leon Pambou
3
Matthew Carson yellow card
4
Ryan Finnigan yellow card
replace Kaya Tshaka (70′)
7
Jayden Smith
8
Goran Babic goal
replace Teddy Davey (64′)
10
Diamond Edwards
11
Marco Rus
9
Sam Bellis
replace Lewis Payne (46′)
12
Lewis Payne
13
Gustav Lillenburg
14
Kaya Tshaka
15
Teddy Davey
16
Luke Pearce

Crystal Palace

13
Joe Whitworth
2
Rowan Smith
5
Cardo Siddick
6
N/A
replace N/A (85′)
3
Tayo Adaramola
4
Aidan Steele yellow card
8
N/A
replace N/A (65′)
7
Dyan Thisleton yellow card
replace Jesuran Rak-Sakyi (60′)
10
Fionn Mooney
11
David Omilabu goal goal
9
N/A
1
N/A
12
N/A
14
N/A
15
N/A
16
Jesuran Rak-Sakyi
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