B Team Report: Cartagena 2-0 Saints

By SFC Media time Thu 14 Jul FC Cartagena vs Saints
Photo by Aitor Alcalde | Matt Carson
Wed 13 Jul 6PM
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FC Cartagena
2
Southampton
0
Ortuño [28'] De Pedro [41']
goal
Venue: Pinatar Football Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton's B Team were edged out by FC Cartagena on Wednesday, with two first half goals the difference at Pinatar Football Centre.

On a blisteringly hot day on the Spanish coast, Dave Horseman’s side battled it out against Cartagena in the first of two pre-season matches at a training camp in Spain.

In a series of preparations for the Premier League 2 season ahead, all 20 members of the travelling squad featured in the tie, with Kamari Doyle and a trialist the only players to feature for the full 90 minutes.

It was a competitive battle for the two sides, who were both presented with goal-scoring opportunities in the opening stages of the match.

As the half hour mark approached, Cartagena nabbed their first goal of the occasion. Some lovely build-up play down the right-flank resulted in Adrian Ayala-Sanmartin released in plenty of space on the right, before crossing in an inch-perfect ball to Alfredo Ortuño who made no error in tapping in from close range to get the better of Ollie Wright.

MURCIA, SPAIN - JULY 13: Head Coach of Southampton U23 Dave Horseman during a pre-season frienfly game between Southampton U23 and  FC Cartagena at Pinatar Arena on July 13, 2022 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Southampton FC/Getty Images)
Dave Horseman watches on as his side take on Cartagena at Pinatar Football Centre (Photo: Aitor Alcade)

As Saints looked to find an equaliser, Cartagena hit the counter with a cross-field pass finding the feet of Diego de Pedro on the edge of the box. Working his way past Matt Carson, the midfielder’s shot flew past Wright and into the back of the net to give his side a two goal advantage. 

Despite a resilient second-half display, Saints were unable to break down the Cartagena defence with the game ending 2-0 to the Spanish natives.

Dave Horseman’s side next face Villarreal at Pinatar Football Centre on Sunday 17 July, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST.

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FC Cartagena

1
Marc Martínez (GK)
2
Uriel Jové
4
Pedro Alcalá
6
Tony Datkovic
7
David Ferreiro
9
Alfredo Ortuño goal
15
Luca Sangalli
22
Julián Delmás
23
Sergio Tejera
24
Pedro Garcia
29
Adrian Ayala Sanmartin
3
Farru
5
Pablo Vasquez
8
Teddy Sutherland
10
Borja Valle
11
Óscar Arribas
13
Aarón Escandell
16
Iván Calero
17
Mikel Rico
18
Carlos Sánchez
20
Jairo Izquierdo
25
Diego De Pedro
27
Unai Agirre
28
Dani Albiar
30
Enrico Hernández

Southampton

1
Ollie Wright
replace Matt Hall (45′)
2
Lewis Payne
replace Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo (45′)
3
Matt Carson
replace Jeremi Rodriguez (45′)
4
Will Tizzard
replace Olly Lancashire (45′)
5
Leon Pambou
replace Nico Lawrence (45′)
6
Trialist A
replace Ryan Finnigan (45′)
7
Sam Bellis
replace Jimmy-Jay Morgan (45′)
8
Jack Turner
replace Goran Babic (45′)
9
Luke Pearce
replace Dom Ballard (45′)
10
Kamari Doyle
11
Trialist B
12
Olly Lancashire
13
Matt Hall
14
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
15
Nico Lawrence
16
Ryan Finnigan
17
Dom Ballard
18
Goran Babic
19
Jimmy-Jay Morgan
21
Jeremi Rodriguez
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