U18 Report: Aston Villa 3-3 Saints

By SFC Media time Mon 09 Nov Aston Villa vs Saints
Sat 07 Nov 1PM
U18 Premier League
Aston Villa
3
Southampton
3
Young [44'] Lindley [90'] Raikhy [90+3']
goal
Olaigbe [13'] Mitchell [68'] Bellis [71]
yellow card
Payne (43')
Referee: James Lunn | Venue: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s were denied victory by a dramatic Aston Villa comeback on Saturday, settling for a 3-3 draw in the Under-18s Premier League.

It was Saints who started the brightest in the Midlands, looking to bounce back from defeat at Fulham last time out.

The visitors’ spritely start was rewarded with a goal on 13 minutes, when pressure forced home goalkeeper Filip Marschall to pass the ball straight to Kazeem Olaigbe, who swiftly swept home from just inside the box.

With Olaigbe’s opener looking like being the difference at the halfway stage, Villa equalised just before the break.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Diamond Edwards 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)
Diamond Edwards brings the ball forward (Photo: Isabelle Field)

Not deterred, Saints continued to battle after the break and retook the lead with 68 minutes on the clock.
A cleverly taken short free-kick allowed Matthew Carson space to cross on the byline, where Ramello Mitchell was on hand to poke home from six yards.

Brimming with confidence, the visitors extended their lead to 3-1 just three minutes later, as goal scorer Olaigbe turned provider.

Holding up the ball, the Belgian player a clever ball through for Sam Bellis, whose low drive was too hot to handle for Marschall who couldn’t prevent it rippling the back of the net.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Matt Carson 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)
Matt Carson setup the second Saints goal (Photo: Isabelle Field)

In the driving seat heading into stoppage time, Southampton suffered a nightmare three minutes as their two-goal lead evaporated.

First, Hayden Lindley picked out the bottom corner from a 20-yard free-kick to hint at a comeback, before the leveller came in the 93rd minute.

Lindley’s shot from the edge of the box was initially saved by Matthew Hall, only for the ball to squirm to Arjan Raikhy 12 yards out, who slammed home a dramatic late equaliser.

Saints Under-18s are next in action on Saturday 21st November, facing a trip to Tottenham in the Under-18s Premier League.

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Aston Villa

1
Filip Marschall (GK)
4
Paul Appiah (C)
3
Benjamin Chrisene
2
Frankie Ealing
5
Lamar Bogarde
8
Edward Rowe
replace Caolan McBride (72′)
6
Hayden Lindley
10
Arjan Raikhy goal
9
Brad Young goal
7
Kahrel Reddin
replace Taylor Jay-Hart (68′)
11
Dewain Sewell
replace Chris Afoka (46′)
13
Oliwer Zych
12
Patrick Zito
16
Chris Afoka
15
Taylor Jay-Hart
14
Caolan McBride

Southampton

1
Matthew Hall (GK)
6
Lewis Payne yellow card
2
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
3
Matthew Carson
replace Fedel Ross-Lang (81′)
5
Will Tizzard (C)
4
Ryan Finnigan
10
Diamond Edwards
8
Marco Rus
replace Jayden Smith (80′)
9
Sam Bellis goal
replace Kaya Tshaka (72′)
7
Ramello Mitchell goal
11
Kazeem Olaigbe goal
13
Oliver Wright
14
Kaya Tshaka
12
Fedel Ross-Lang
15
Jayden Smith
16
Luke Pearce
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