Report: Saints 4-0 Crawley

By SFC Media Wed 09 Nov Saints vs Crawley
Wed 09 Nov 7.45PM
Checkatrade Trophy
Southampton
4
Crawley Town
0
Mersin [og 3'] Mdlalose [9'] Slattery [34'] Olomola [78']
Referee: Keith Stroud | Venue: St Mary's | Attendance: 495

Southampton completed a convincing 4-0 victory at home to Crawley Town in their final Checkatrade Trophy group fixture.

An own goal from Crawley goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin and strikes from Siph Mdlalose, Callum Slattery and Olufela Olomola ensured that Saints progressed into the knockout stages as the leaders of their group.

Martin Hunter’s men made a swift start to the encounter at St Mary’s and soon had a two-goal advantage.

The first came in somewhat fortunate circumstances after just three minutes, as Crawley Town goalkeeper Mersin punched Slattery’s early in-swinging corner into his own net at the near-post.

The galvanised Saints then pressed for a second, and they soon forced an opening. Josh Sims hounded the visiting backline and latched onto a loose ball, before skidding down the left flank and crossing for Mdlalose to head low into the bottom corner.

Having raced to a two-goal lead within the opening ten minutes, Saints then almost added another before the break.

Smart footwork and a deft pass from Lloyd Isgrove teed up Sims with space in the visitors’ penalty area, who curled an effort past Mersin and into the far corner – only to be denied by the offside flag.

Hunter’s men did eventually have their third before the interval. The onrushing Slattery met Sims’ cutback on the edge of the Crawley penalty area and rifled low into the bottom corner to cap off an impressive first-half performance.

Both sides made changes at the interval. Jake Flannigan replaced Yan Valery for Saints, whilst Chris Arthur made way for Addison Garnet for the visitors.

Olomola almost made it four for Saints ten minutes into the second-half. The striker latched onto Mersin's loose throw and broke free into the penalty area, but the Crawley stopper was able to make amends for his earlier mistake and steer Olomola's low strike to safety. 

Despite being denied, Olomola would soon have his goal. The striker volleyed another Sims cross goalwards on the 78th minute, and although Mersin got a hand to the strike, he could do little else but steer it into his bottom left corner to complete the scoring for the evening.

Southampton

41
Harry Lewis (GK)
5
Florin Gardos
27
Lloyd Isgrove
32
Olufela Olomola
35
Alfie Jones (C)
39
Josh Sims
Tyreke Johnson (87′)
43
Yan Valery
Jake Flannigan (45′)
50
Ben Rowthorn
54
Siph Mdlalose
Will Smallbone (82′)
55
Callum Slattery
57
Jake Vokins
56
Adam Parkes
30
Will Wood
34
Jake Flannigan
37
Harley Willard
48
Ollie Cook
51
Tyreke Johnson
60
Will Smallbone

Crawley Town

13
Yusuf Mersin (GK)
3
Chris Arthur
Addison Garnett (45′)
7
Enzio Boldewijn
Jordan Roberts (64′)
10
Jason Banton
14
Andre Blackman
17
Bobson Bawling
18
Billy Clifford (C)
Matt Harrold (53′)
20
Aryan Taj
21
Adi Yussuf
23
Daniel Pappoe
24
Kaby Djalo
1
Mitchell Beeney
9
Matt Harrold
11
Jordan Roberts
16
Addison Garnett
44
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