U23 Report: Leicester City 0-2 Saints

By SFC Media Mon 06 Feb Leicester U23 vs Saints U23
Photo by Naomi Baker | Ryan Seager celebrates
Mon 06 Feb 7.00PM
Premier League 2
Leicester City
0
Southampton
2
Seager [10'] Jones [88']
Matt Miles
Josh Sims
Referee: Karl Evans | Venue: King Power Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s picked up an important three points away to Leicester City in their latest Premier League 2 encounter.

Ryan Seager netted an early opener at Holmes Park before Alfie Jones then doubled proceedings just minutes from time to ensure victory for Martin Hunter's men.

It took Saints just ten minutes to have the ball in the net. Jones' decisive pass found Seager on the right of the penalty area, and the striker provided a smart finish past Daniel Iversen in the Leicester goal.

Despite the early set back, the Foxes weren’t prepared to lie down and Admiral Muskwe came close. Shifting the ball into space on the edge of the area the wide man unleashed a strike at goal, but it flew over Mouez Hassen's crossbar.

It was Martin Hunter’s men that were really piling on the pressure at the other end, though.

A number of crosses into the box almost saw Saints double their advantage before the break; the best of which came as Harrison Reed picked out the free head of Florin Gardos from a corner, but the defender steered his effort the wrong side of the post.

Josh Sims and Sam McQueen continued to link up well down the left flank and they combined just before the half-time whistle for the latter to cross towards Olufela Olomola, but the striker headed over from close range to draw the first half to a close.

Saints celebrate Ryan Seager's early strike.

The second half was slow to get started, but it was Saints that eventually created the first meaningful chance on 65 minutes.

A quick break saw Olomola steam free into the Foxes' penalty area and fire hard at goal, but he was denied by a strong hand from Iversen.

The ball was almost in the net again just two minutes later. Reed's in-swinging cross caused a melee in the penalty area as Saints looked to tuck the ball over the line, but the visiting defence were able to hook clear to safety.

Not to be outdone, the hosts continued to search for a way back into the encounter. Connor Wood went on a marauding run from left back to the edge of the Saints penalty area and fired at goal, but his effort bounced clear off the top side of Hassen's crossbar.

The hosts rallied towards the end and continued to search for a way back into the match, but it was Saints that eventually doubled their lead.

Steaming in at the near post, Jones powered a header well past Iversen to double the tally and ensure all three points would be coming back to the south coast.

Leicester City

1
Daniel iversen (GK)
2
Alex Pascanu
3
Connor Wood
Josh Debayo (69′)
4
Elliott Moore (C)
5
Molla Wague
6
Josh Knight
7
Matt Miles
8
Hamza Choudhury
Dylan Watts (76′)
9
Kairo Mitchell
10
Admiral Muskwe
11
Layton Ndukwu
13
Max Bramley
12
Darnell Johnson
14
Josh Debayo
15
Lamine Kaba Sharif
16
Dylan Watts

Southampton

1
Mouez Hassen (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Sam McQueen
4
Harrison Reed
5
Florin Gardos
6
Cuco Martina (C)
7
Olufela Olomola
Harley Willard (80′)
8
Alfie Jones
9
Ryan Seager
10
Thomas O'Connor
11
Josh Sims
13
Kingsley Latham
12
Will Wood
14
Armani Little
15
Callum Slattery
16
Harley Willard
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