U23 Report: Saints 2-4 Wolves

By SFC Media Mon 11 Dec Saints v Wolves
Photo by James Bridle
Mon 11 Dec 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Southampton
2
Wolves
4
Johnson [3'] Barnes [9']
Hause [25'] Wilson [46' 57' 90']
Referee: Savvas Yianni | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s fell to a 4-2 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their latest Premier League 2 clash at Staplewood Campus.

Early first-half goals from Tyreke Johnson and Marcus Barnes had put Saints in control but Kourtney Hause’s header halved the deficit before the break and Donovan Wilson levelled just one minute into the second period.

That turned the momentum in favour of the more experienced visitors, and Wilson added his second when he got the telling touch to turn home Morgan Gibbs-White’s low drive before a late effort saw him seal his hat-trick.

Radhi Jaïdi’s young charges started brightly and were rewarded after just three minutes, as Barnes capitalised on a defensive error from Hause to find Johnson on the edge of the box, and his powerful left-footed drive was too much for Harry Burgoyne in the Wolves goal.

And a scintillating start continued inside the 10-minute mark, when Barnes doubled the advantage from close range after Ollie Cook had flicked on Thomas O’Connor’s inviting free-kick.

The visitors looked a threat from Connor Ronan’s set-pieces though, and that helped them get a foothold back in the contest on 27 minutes when his corner delivery was headed home by Hause at the front post.

Jake Hesketh was the next to have a chance when he took in Ben Goodliffe’s clearance before driving towards goal and seeing his shot cannon out off the post.

Jake Hesketh against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Staplewood

It was a similarly frenetic start to the second-half, but it was Scott Sellar’s side who seized the initiative this time when Michael Zyro slid an incisive through ball into Wilson, who rounded the onrushing Jack Rose before a calm finish.

The turnaround was complete when Ronan’s corner was cleared as far as Gibbs-White whose powerful low shot from the edge of the box was turned in by Wilson.

Saints midfielder O'Connor did force Burgoyne in to a fine sprawling save late on from his curling left-footed effort, before Barnes hit the crossbar after Hesketh's low centre had skipped up to him.

Wolves captain Wilson completed his hat-trick in injury time with a fine finish to seal all three points.

Southampton

1
Jack Rose (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Will Wood
4
Tom O'Connor
5
Ollie Cook
6
Alfie Jones (C)
7
Nathan Tella
Jonathan Afolabi (83′)
8
Callum Slattery
Armani Little (76′)
9
Marcus Barnes
10
Jake Hesketh
11
Tyreke Johnson
12
Ben Rowthorn
13
Kingsley Latham
14
Armani Little
15
Siph Mdlalose
16
Jonathan Afolabi

Wolves

1
Harry Burgoyne (GK)
2
Hakeem Odoffin
3
Sylvain Deslandes
4
Connor Ronan
Christian Herc (89′)
5
Ben Goodliffe
6
Kourtney Hause
7
Michael Zyro
Sherwin Seedorf (80′)
8
Pedro Goncalves
9
Donovan Wilson (C)
Benny Ashley-Seal (90′)
10
Morgan Gibbs-White
11
Dan Armstrong
12
Cameron John
14
Christian Herc
15
Sherwin Seedorf
16
Jose Xavier
17
Benny Ashley-Seal
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