Saints knocked out of FA Youth Cup

By SFC Media Thu 26 Jan Man City vs Saints
Photo by Naomi Baker
Thu 26 Jan 7.00PM
FA Youth Cup
Man City
4
Southampton
0
Foden [26'] Sancho [40'] Nmecha [43'] Duhaney [71']
Referee: Darren Strain | Venue: Academy Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton's FA Youth Cup run came to an end, as they lost 4-0 to Manchester City at the Academy Stadium.

 Despite making a bright start to the game, Saints were three goals down at the break, as Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Lukas Nmecha.

City added a fourth with 20 minutes remaining, as Demeaco Duhaney finished smartly, to seal their progress to the last eight of the competition.

Craig Fleming was able to name a strong side for the clash with City, as Yan Valery, Thomas O’Connor and Callum Slattery all started at the Academy Stadium.

The visitors made a bright start to the game, as they looked to hit City on the counter, with Jonathan Afolabi twice going close inside the opening 12 minutes.

After being denied by a smart save from Aro Muric, the striker then flashed a shot across the face of goal that very nearly found the far corner.

Jonathan Afolabi goes close to opening the scoring

Those early opportunities would soon come back to haunt Saints, as they fell behind midway through the first half. Foden, having a heavy influence on proceedings from the number ten role, was the man to open the scoring.

The ball broke kindly for the City man inside the penalty area, and he showed composure to fire low across Adam Parkes into the far corner of the net.

To reach this stage, Saints had to come back from a goal down in both matches, but their task at the Academy Stadium was going to be much harder once City doubled their lead.

Brahim Diaz burst to the byline and cut the ball back across goal for Sancho, who produced a clinical finish from 12 yards to make it two-nil.

Things would get even harder for Saints just before the break, as an incisive move from the hosts saw left-back Demeaco Duhaney cross for Nmecha to tap home from close range.

Thomas O'Connor battles for possession 

Michael Obafemi, Saints’ matchwinner in the previous round against Wigan, was introduced at half time, but a collision inside the first minute ended his night, with Harlem Hale taking his place.

City continued to dominate possession after a lengthy delay for Obafemi, and they were within inches of adding a fourth just before the hour.

Sancho found space on the edge of the box and curled a shot towards goal, but saw his effort come back off the post before Saints were able to clear.

The fourth arrived with 20 minutes remaining, as Duhaney showed good composure to finish well after Tom Dele-Bashiru had been denied by the post.

Parkes made a brilliant double save late on to prevent a fifth, but it was City who progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Man City

1
Aro Muric (GK)
2
Matt Smith
3
Joel Latibeaudiere (C)
4
Ed Francis
5
Demeaco Duhaney
6
Sadou Diallo
7
Brahim Diaz
8
Tom Dele-Bashiru
9
Lukas Nmecha
Lorenzo Gonzalez (83′)
10
Phil Foden
Luke Bolton (72′)
11
Jadon Sancho
Taylor Richards (86′)
12
Jeremie Frimpong
13
Pawel Sokol
14
Taylor Richards
15
Luke Bolton
16
Lorenzo Gonzalez

Southampton

1
Adam Parkes (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Jake Vokins
4
Thomas O'Connor
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Ben Rowthorn
7
Siph Mdlalose
Harry Hamblin (78′)
8
Callum Slattery
9
Jonathan Afolabi
Michael Obafemi (46′) Harlem Hale (51′)
10
Will Smallbone
11
Tyreke Johnson
12
Christoph Klarer
13
Alex Cull
14
Harlem Hale
15
Harry Hamblin
16
Michael Obafemi
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