U18 Report: Saints 0-2 Brighton

By Marc Walker time Sat 03 Oct Saints vs Brighton
Photo by Isabelle Field
Sat 03 Oct 11AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
0
Brighton & Hove Albion
2
goal
Todd Miller [17'] Matt Everitt [pen 25']
Ryan Finnigan [53'] Matt Carson [69'] Gustav Lillienburg [88']
yellow card
Samy Chouchane [55'] Todd Miller [63']
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday morning in the Under-18s Premier League.

In wet conditions, both sides shared an even opening to the match.

Oliver Wright had to be alert in the Saints goal to turn Cameron Peupion’s low strike around the post before Diamond Edwards forced visiting shot-stopper Fynn Talley to smother a low cross at the opposite end of the pitch.

The hosts continued to grow further into the contest in the opening 15 minutes and twice went close to breaking the deadlock.

Jayden Smith saw his powerful strike well held by Talley before Will Tizzard had a looping header cleared off the line, after he had risen well to connect with a corner.

Despite a strong opening from Saints, it was Brighton who snatched a two-goal lead midway through the first-half.

Todd Miller put his side ahead when he turned home a loose ball from a corner and then Matt Everitt confidently dispatched a penalty to double the lead in the 25th minute.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Will Tizzard of Southampton 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)
Photo by: Isabelle Field

The home side tried to work their way back into proceedings; striker Sam Bellis was unfortunate to be denied a goal on three separate occasions before the half-time interval.

The second of his efforts was a well-struck free-kick that forced a flying save with the ball seemingly destined for the bottom corner, whilst visiting keeper Talley also denied him twice from open play.

Into the second-half, Saints were again left frustrated in front of goal.

Jayden Smith broke through the Brighton defence and clipped a shot towards the far corner early on, but the fingertips of Talley denied the winger with a tip over the bar.

The hosts continued to push forward in search of a reply to the visitors’ two first-half strikes, but Wright did well to prevent Brighton duo Odel Offiah and Andy Moran adding a third from two quick counter-attacks.

Despite continuing to search for an elusive goal, Saints were ultimately unable to find a way back into the game as Brighton held firm at the back and secured their 2-0 victory.

The young Saints are next in action in two weeks’ time when they travel to face Leicester City, following a short international interlude, on Saturday 17th October, 1pm BST.

Southampton

1
Oliver Wright (GK)
2
Lewis Payne
replace Gustav Lillienburg (75′) yellow card
3
Matt Carson yellow card
4
Ryan Finnigan yellow card
5
Will Tizzard (C)
6
Leon Pambou
7
Jayden Smith
8
Goran Babic
9
Sam Bellis
10
Diamond Edwards
replace Luke Pearce (58′)
11
Fedel Ross-Land
replace Kaya Tshaka (58′)
12
Gustav Lillienburg
13
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
14
Kaya Tshaka
15
Luke Pearce
16
Harvey Woods

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Fynn Talley (GK)
2
Casper Nilsson
3
Zak Sturge
4
Samy Chouchane yellow card
5
Benjamin Jackson
6
Odeluga Offiah
7
Todd Miller yellow card goal
replace Andrew Moran (65′)
8
Cameron Peupion
9
Marcus Dackers
replace Toby Collyer (65′)
10
Matt Everitt goal
11
Jaami Qureshi
replace Marcus Ifill (75′)
12
Andrew Moran
13
Toby Bull
14
Marcus Ifill
15
Jack Leahy
16
Toby Collyer
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