B Team Report: Saints exit Hampshire Senior Cup

By SFC Media time Tue 11 Oct Portsmouth vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field
Tue 11 Oct 7.30PM
Hampshire FA Senior Cup
Portsmouth
5
Southampton
2
Swanson [6'] Hackett [30' 50'] Jacobs [37'] Mottoh [90+4]
goal
Morgan [53' 59']
Venue: Fratton Park | Attendance: 2,542

Southampton’s B team suffered derby day defeat to a strong Portsmouth side to exit the Hampshire FA Senior Saturday Cup on Tuesday night.

Under the lights at Fratton Park, first-half strikes from Zak Swanson, Reeco Hackett and Michael Jacobs flattered the hosts, teeing up a second 45 minutes fraught with action.

With Saints reduced to 10 men just three minutes after the restart with Olly Lancashire's dismissal, three goals in 19 minutes followed as Hackett’s second of the night was matched by a pair of Jimmy-Jay Morgan efforts.

That proved to be as good as it got for the visitors, with any hopes of a dramatic comeback denied by a late Koby Mottoh strike.

Making four changes from the side that beat Aston Villa in Premier League 2 on Saturday, Dom Ballard, Will Armitage, Cameron Bragg and Jimmy-Jay Morgan came into the line-up, with their opponents boasting plenty of senior experience.

With 10 of their starting eleven tasting varying amounts of first team minutes so far in 2022/23, it was no surprise the home side were quick to set the tempo.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  during the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup match between Portsmouth FC and Southampton FC  B Team at Fratton Park on October 11, 2022 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Samuel Amo-Ameyaw in action at Fratton Park.

After Ballard dragged a low shot a yard wide in the opening exchanges, Danny Cowley’s outfit broke the deadlock with their first attack at the other end.

With a corner finding its way to Swanson at the back post, the full-back took a touch with his chest before dispatching the ball back where it came from and into the back of the net.

Despite the early setback, Saints responded in spirited fashion, displaying some neat football in enemy territory.

Ballard and Morgan demonstrated their ever-growing relationship up front, with the former teeing up the later inside the box, with Morgan’s shot curling into the arms of Josh Oluwayemi.

With the duo continuing to look a threat, the prolific Ballard almost turned provider midway through the half, with his floated cross from the byline inches too high for Morgan or Sam Bellis to connect at the back post.

Having inflicted a few nervous moments on the home-supported Fratton End, the hosts doubled their lead in fortuitous fashion on the half-hour mark.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  during the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup match between Portsmouth FC and Southampton FC  B Team at Fratton Park on October 11, 2022 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Lewis Payne tussles for possession during the first half.

Picking up a half-cleared corner, Kieron Freeman’s half-volley was scuffed into the heart of the box, where a scramble resulted in Hackett finding space to drive home from 12 yards.

Maintaining a rub of the green, Pompey added a third just seven minutes later, thanks to an even greater slice of luck.

After Jacobs swivelled past Jack Turner to make space on the left-hand side of the box, his curling shot took a wicked deflection off of Lancashire to beat Olly Wright and provide some breathing space at the halfway stage.

After the lull of the interval, the derby burst to life after the restart, starting with Lancashire’s dismissal having dragged down Joe Pigott as last man.

Immediately making the most of their man advantage, Hackett tapped in his second from close range, before Horseman’s side rallied in impressive fashion.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  during the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup match between Portsmouth FC and Southampton FC  B Team at Fratton Park on October 11, 2022 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Jimmy-Jay Morgan netted an impressive brace.

Just three minutes after falling four behind, Morgan remained the coolest man inside Fratton Park when one-on-one with Oluwayemi, waiting for the keeper to commit before dinking the ball into the back of the net.

Firing up the 200-strong following from SO14, Morgan silenced the home crowd once again just before the hour-mark, rising highest to head Turner’s in-swinging delivery into the far corner to halve the deficit.

In the ascendancy, Ballard had a strike from the edge of the box well-saved by an advanced Oluwayemi, with Morgan close to completing his hat-trick on 72 minutes when his well-hit attempt flew just over the bar.

In similar vein, Hackett almost completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining by rippling the side netting, swiftly followed by Koby Mottoh striking the crossbar inside the final 10 minutes.

An entertaining cup encounter, Saints could not force a nervy final few moments for Pompey, who made sure of Hampshire Senior Saturday Cup progression with a late Mottoh goal.

Portsmouth

21
Josh Oluwayemi (GK)
2
Zak Swanson yellow card goal
3
Denver Hume
8
Ryan Tunnicliffe
10
Joe Pigott
13
Kieron Freeman
18
Reeco Hackett goal goal
24
Michael Jacobs goal
replace Harvey Laidlaw (82′)
25
Jay Mingi (C) yellow card
replace Dan Murray (90′)
35
Adam Payce
replace Koby Mottoh (77′) goal
36
Josh Dockerill
replace Brian Quarm (69′)
37
Harvey Laidlaw
38
Brian Quarm
39
Dan Murray
41
Malachi Osei-Owusu
42
Koby Mottoh

Southampton

1
Ollie Wright (GK)
2
Lewis Payne
3
Will Armitage
4
Ryan Finnigan yellow card
5
Olly Lancashire red card
6
Cameron Bragg
replace Brandon Charles (76′) replace Will Merry (85′)
7
Jimmy-Jay Morgan goal goal
replace Tyler Dibling (76′)
8
Jack Turner (C)
9
Dominic Ballard
10
Sam Bellis yellow card
11
Sam Amo-Ameyaw
replace Kamari Doyle (55′)
12
Will Merry
13
Matt Hall
14
Tyler Dibling
15
Brandon Charles
16
Kamari Doyle
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