U18 Report: Saints 0-2 Fulham

By Marc Walker time Sun 01 Nov Saints vs Fulham
Photo by Isabelle Field | Diamond Edwards
Sat 31 Oct 11AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
0
Fulham
2
goal
Harris [64'] Biereth [90+3']
Payne Carson
yellow card
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Fulham in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday despite playing their part in an entertaining affair.


It was the visitors who started the game in confident fashion and had the first efforts on goal after five minutes.

A low cross from the left found Oliver Sanderson just inside the area, but Saints did well to block his effort and the follow up from strike partner Mika Biereth.

Olly Wright was then forced to make his first save shortly after when Luke Harris fired a low shot from range, but the strike lacked the power to trouble the Saints goalkeeper.

As the patterns of the game became clear, an intense contest started to be played out with both sides searching for the best opportunities to press the opposing defence high in a bid to win back possession.

Saints were having to hold firm in defence as Fulham went in search of the opening goal though – Wright made another comfortable save from Ibane Bowat’s header before Adrion Pajaziti bent a free-kick just wide.

The hosts looked to build on their strong defensive display and enjoyed some promising attacks in the lead up to half-time, whilst another attempt from Mika Biereth went wide to ensure the score stayed at 0-0 at the break.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Ryan Finnegan(R) of Southampton during the Premier League U18s match between Southampton U18s and Fulham FC at Staplewood Training Ground on October 31, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southamtpon FC)
Saints battle for possession during the first-half.

Into the second-half, Saints carved out some opportunities of their own and twice went close in quick succession.

Substitute Luke Pearce’s pressure caused a mistake at the back from Fulham and allowed him to go through on goal with just goalkeeper Alexander Borto to beat.

The striker looked to go round Borto to finish but a good save denied him, and then Saints captain Will Tizzard saw his header from the resulting corner loop over.

Despite the positive beginning to the second period, Fulham’s next attack saw them break the deadlock when Luke Harris struck home a cutback towards the penalty spot.

This setback did not stop Saints continuing to push for a goal of their own though. Marco Rus twice went close to an equaliser but could not find the finishing touch to clever moves from the hosts.

At the other end, Olly Wright kept his side in the game with 10 minutes remaining. First, he produced an excellent tip over to deny Harris a second and then stayed alert to turn a low drive from range round the post.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Jayden Smith(R) of Southampton during the Premier League U18s match between Southampton U18s and Fulham FC at Staplewood Training Ground on October 31, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southamtpon FC)
Jayden Smith during the second-half

Strong defending from Lewis Payne and another smothering save from Wright then denied visiting striker Biereth a breakaway goal as the match reached its latter stages.

A lively finish to a hard-fought game still saw time for Paul Hardyman’s side to force some good defending from Fulham as goalkeeper Borto rushed out to clear twice, but the visitors confirmed their victory late on when Biereth finished from close range.

Saints Under-18s are in action again next Saturday when they travel to face Aston Villa, with kick-off at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground at 1pm.

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Southampton

1
Olly Wright (GK)
2
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
3
Matt Carson yellow card
4
Ryan Finnigan
5
Will Tizzard (C)
6
Lewis Payne yellow card
7
Jayden Smith
8
Goran Babic
replace Kaya Tshaka (88′)
9
Harvey Woods
replace Luke Pearce (48′)
10
Diamond Edwards
replace Fedel Ross Lang (62′)
11
Marco Rus
12
Jeremi Rodrigues
13
Matt Hall
14
Kaya Tshaka
15
Fedel Ross Lang
16
Luke Pearce

Fulham

1
Alex Borto (GK)
2
Luciano D'Auria Henry
3
Stefan Parkes
4
Harvey Araujo
replace Idris Odutayo (72′)
5
Ibane Bowat
6
Luke Harris goal
7
Ollie O'Neill
8
Matt Dibley-Dias
9
Mika Biereth goal
10
Adrian Pajaziti
replace Georgios Okkas (78′)
11
Ollie Sanderson
replace Thorsteinn Antonsson (60′)
12
Alfie McNally
13
Idris Odutayo
14
Georgios Okkas
15
Jaylan Wildbore
16
Thorsteinn Antonsson
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