U18 Report: Newcastle 0-3 Saints

By SFC Media time Tue 11 Jan Newcastle United vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field
Tue 11 Jan 11AM
U18 Premier League Cup
Newcastle
0
Southampton
3
goal
Higgs [19'] [54'] Morgan [81']
Huntley (57')
yellow card
Referee: Jonathan Gill | Venue: Newcastle United Academy | Attendance: 0

A double from Tommy-Lee Higgs helped Southampton’s youngsters on their way to a 3-0 victory at Newcastle United in their final Under-18s Premier League Cup outing.

The first came after 20 minutes, Tyler Dibling providing the assist as Saints gained an early lead at the Newcastle United Football Academy.

This pairing combined again in the 54th minute to double the lead for Carl Martin’s side before Jimmy-Jay Morgan completed the scoring with nine minutes remaining.

The two sides went into the game in contrasting form; the hosts with just one win in the last five whilst Saints had won all but one of their last five outings.

Martin’s starting eleven was a youthful one as many Under-18s regulars made the usual step up to the B team set-up for the new year.

Regulars Cameron Bragg, Josh Lett and Kaya Tshaka were joined by the likes of centre-backs Tommy Dobson-Ventura and Max Fry who enjoyed their first taste of Under-18s action this season.

The first half started in an even manner in regard to chances, although it was Saints who dominated possession and proved more clinical.

Lee-Higgs opened the scoring on 20 minutes, assisted by Dibling to give his side a deserved lead.

The Magpies looked to seek a route back into the game before the break but were unable to make the most of their chances.

Saints youngsters made them pay less than ten minutes into the second half; the same pairing of Lee-Higgs and Dibling combining as the former added his second strike of the morning.

The visitors continued to dominate possession and soon started to move ahead in the number of chances created, forcing the hosts to look for a counter opportunity.

These opportunities were few and far between, with Morgan confirming the victory inside the final ten minutes, assisted by substitute Jay Robinson.

Tuesday morning’s victory meant it was two wins from three for Martin’s side in this season’s Premier League Cup, meaning they finish Group A in second place, level with leaders Leicester City.

Unfortunately with the Foxes winning their final group match, today’s three goal margin was not enough to see them overtake Leicester into top spot, meaning the 2021/22 PL Cup adventure comes to an end.

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Newcastle

1
Max Thompson (GK)
2
Callum McNally
3
Beau Beresford
4
Jamie Miley
5
Josh Stewart
replace Harry Powell (46′)
6
Ciaran Thompson
7
Ben Parkinson
replace Josh Donaldson (58′)
8
James Huntley yellow card
9
Michael Ndiweni
10
Lewis Miley
replace Johnny Emmerson (71′)
11
Kyle Crossley
13
Steven Bessant
14
Scott Bailey
15
Johnny Emmerson
16
Josh Donaldson
12
Harry Powell

Southampton

1
Gustav Lillienberg (GK)
2
Sonnie Davis
3
Joshua Lett
4
Tommy Dobson-Ventura
replace Jem Hewlett (56′)
5
Max Fry
6
Kaya Tshaka
7
Tommy Lee-Higgs goal goal
8
Cameron Bragg
9
Jimmy-Jay Morgan goal
10
Tyler Dibling
replace Jay Robinson (79′)
11
Rylee Wright
replace Luke Pearce (66′)
13
Adli Mohamed
12
Isaac Bailey
14
Jem Hewlett
15
Jay Robinson
16
Luke Pearce
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