U18 Report: Norwich 1-2 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 21 Jan Norwich U18 vs Saints U18
Photo by Naomi Baker | Tryeke Johnson in action
Sat 21 Jan 11.00AM
U18 Premier League
Norwich City
1
Southampton
2
Fleming [1']
Afolabi [48'] Smallbome [72']
Klarer [52']
Klarer [90']
Venue: Colney Training Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s came from behind to secure a well-deserved 2-1 victory away against their Norwich City counterparts.

Despite going behind to an early Alan Fleming strike immediately from kick-off, Saints fought back with goals from Jonathan Afolabi and Will Smallbone to secure all three points.

The hosts had the ball in the net before Saints had even touched it, as Fleming dribbled directly from kick-off to slot under Alex Cull and gain an early lead.

Despite the set back, Saints quickly found a way back into the encounter. Tyreke Johnson burst down the left and cut back for the onrushing Smallbone, but his strike was well turned over by Fergal Hale-Brown in the Norwich goal.

Smallbone looked to turn provider ten minutes later as he teed up Jake Vokins on the left of the penalty area, but the left back dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Craig Fleming’s men were really starting to find momentum at this stage, and Afolabi and Smallbone both almost levelled proceedings before the break.

Saints started the second half as they had finished the first, and soon found their equaliser. 

Harry Hamblin won the ball back on the right of the penalty area and hung a ball up towards Afolabi at the back post, who then volleyed in off the near post to make it one apiece. 

It was almost two in as many minutes as Siph Mdlalose unleashed an audacious long-distance effort at goal moments later, but Hale-Brown was just able to tip the dipping ball over his crossbar.

It wasn't until the 72nd minute that Saints completed their turnaround.

Afolabi turned provider as he slipped in Smallbone who broke into the penalty area and fired low into Hale-Brown's near post to register his fifth goal of the season.

It could well have been 3-1 in the closing minutes, as captain Aaron O'Driscoll came close with two headed opportunities from Smallbone's dangerous corners.

Saints then had to see out the final stages of the game with just ten men, as Christoph Klarer was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

But Fleming's men defended resolutely and held on to pick up a much-deserved three points on the road.

Norwich City

1
Fergal Hale-Brown (GK)
2
Toby Syme
3
Bradley Catton
Alfie Payne (22′)
4
Henry Pollock
5
Callum Ellesley
Brandon Oddy (47′)
6
Owen Wallis (C)
7
Agust Hylnsson
Anthony Spyrou (64′)
8
Emerson Sambu
9
Alan Fleming
10
Bilal Kamal
11
Devonte Aransibia
12
Alfie Payne
14
Anthony Spyrou
15
Brandon Oddy
16
May Aarons

Southampton

1
Alex Cull (GK)
2
Harrison Davis
3
Jake Vokins
4
Harry Hamblin
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Siph Mdlalose
8
Ben Rowthorn
9
Jonathan Afolabi
Harlem Hale (87′)
10
Will Smallbone
11
Tyreke Johnson
13
Jack Bycroft
12
Harlem Hale
14
Javen Siu
15
Jamie Bradley-Green
16
Oliver Gardner
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