Southampton Under-18s returned to winning ways with an impressive 4-0 victory against their Aston Villa counterparts on Friday afternoon.
Tyreke Johnson opened the scoring early on, before Callum Slattery’s goal of the season contender made it 2-0 with under 30 minutes played.
The third arrived on the hour mark, as Siph Mdlalose continued his excellent start to the season by poking the ball home from six yards, before Will Smallbone's late goal sealed an impressive victory.
Fleming’s side were beaten at Arsenal last weekend, but showed no signs of that as they raced into an early lead against the visitors.
Johnson, playing the lone striker role with Dan N’Lundulu out injured, opened the scoring with a well-taken goal from 12 yards after cutting back onto his left foot.
If that goal was good, Saints’ second was stunning. Slattery picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and unleashed a brilliant strike that hit the inside of the post on its way into the net.
Johnson was impressing for the hosts, and he almost repeated his goalscoring feat just before half time, but this striker’s effort on this occasion flew just over the top of the far corner.
Saints’ number nine turned provider for the third goal with an hour gone. His low cross found Mdlalose, and despite a heavy first touch, he was able to squeeze the ball beyond the Villa stopper.
Smallbone and Johnson both saw similar efforts flash just wide of the near post as Saints searched for a fourth goal.
The fourth goal did arrive in stoppage time, as Smallbone placed the ball into the bottom corner from ten yards to round off an impressive afternoon.
Southampton Under-18s: Adam Parkes, Connor Langan, Christoph Klarer, Aaron O’Driscoll (c), Jake Vokins, Callum Slattery, Harry Hamblin, Siph Mdlalose (Harrison Davis 88), Will Smallbone, Harlem Hale (Trialist 78), Tyreke Johnson.
Unused substitutes: Neal Osborn (GK) Oliver Gardner, Javen Siu,.
Goals: Johnson (16), Slattery (25), Mdlalose (60), Smallbone (90)
Booked: Slattery (35), Hamblin (50), Smallbone (80)
Aston Villa Under-18s: Emmanuel Idem, Isaiah Bazelly (Louis Hall 65), Jack Coates, Johan Abdoul (James Finnerty 50), Josh Williams, Jake Doyle-Hayes (c), Jordan Cox, Jack Clarke, Callum Rowe, Jake Humphries (Harvey Knibbs 69), Kelsey Mooney.
Unused substitutes: Viktol Johannsson (GK), Alex Prosser.