U23 Report: Saints 3-0 Newcastle

By SFC Media Fri 02 Dec Saints U23 vs Newcastle U23
Fri 02 Dec 2.00PM
Premier League Cup
Southampton
3
Newcastle
0
Barnes [26' 45'] Olomola [pen 78']
Slattery [87']
Referee: Adam Bromley | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s recorded a 3-0 victory over group leaders Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup at Staplewood Campus on Friday afternoon.

Marcus Barnes’ first-half double lit the blue touch paper for a comfortable win, as they followed up their away victory over Swansea City last time out in the competition.

Olufela Olomola completed the scoring when he converted from the penalty spot, after Lloyd Isgrove was fouled inside the box by Curtis Good.

Martin Hunter handed a first start to Armani Little following his recent injury, with Barnes making his first start of the campaign having also returned from injury in recent weeks.

The hosts started with a good intensity and Isgrove caused problems down the left, before his cross was met by Thomas O’Connor, who saw his header comfortably saved by Freddie Woodman.

Saints were rewarded for ther start on 26 minutes, when Barnes rose highest to meet O’Connor’s inch-perfect corner and head beyond Woodman.

At the end of the first-half it was a similarly well-worked set piece routine that would help to double the advantage.

Marcus Barnes is congratulated on his second goal<br>

Callum Slattery’s inswinging corner from the opposite side to the first goal was headed home emphatically by Barnes, which took his personal tally to two.

The visitors looked to respond early in the second-half. Callum Roberts saw his weaving run halted by Slattery, before curling the resulting free-kick past the post.

Moments later, defender Curtis Good met Liam Gibson’s cross from the left, but his goalbound header was cleared off the line.

But as the game approached the final ten minutes, Saints made sure of victory when Olomola converted from the spot after Isgrove was fouled in the box.

The victory leaves Saints on six points from their opening three Premier League Cup group games.

Southampton

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
2
Richard Bakary
3
Will Wood
4
Callum Slattery
5
Ollie Cook
6
Alfie Jones (C)
7
Olufela Olomola
8
Armani Little
Harley Willard (73′)
9
Marcus Barnes
Tyreke Johnson (78′)
10
Thomas O'Connor
11
Lloyd Isgrove
12
Jake Vokins
13
Adam Parkes
14
Harley Willard
15
Ben Rowthorn
16
Tyreke Johnson

Newcastle United

1
Freddie Woodman (GK)
2
Callum Williams
Michael Newberry (73′)
3
Liam Gibson
4
Jack Hunter (C)
5
Curtis Good
6
Stuart Findlay
7
Callum Roberts
8
Dan Barlaser
9
Tom Heardman
10
Dan Ward
Yasin Ben El Mhanni (65′)
11
Liam Smith
Adam Wilson (58′)
12
Michael Newberry
13
Nathan Harker
14
Lubomir Satka
15
Yasin Ben El Mhanni
16
Adam Wilson
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