U18 Report: Leicester 1-0 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 18 Mar Leicester v Southampton
Photo by Naomi Baker
Sat 18 Mar 12.00PM
U18 Premier League
Leicester CIty
1
Southampton
0
Dewsbury-Hall [72']
Venue: Leicester City Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s saw their impressive winning streak come to an end, as they were beaten 1-0 at Leicester City in the Under-18 Premier League.

Craig Fleming’s side had won their previous four coming into this clash with the Foxes, but were undone by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s second-half effort.

The swirling wind at Leicester’s training ground made it difficult for both sides, but it was Saints who went closest early on, as Will Smallbone’s first-time volley from 18 yards dipped just over the bar.

They had an even better chance to go in front in the 11th minute, as they were awarded a penalty, when Harlem Hale was tripped in the area.

Callum Slattery stepped up to take the spot kick, but, although his effort was heading towards the bottom corner, Foxes keeper Cameron Yates sprung superbly to his right to tip the ball away.

Saints continued to look the more likely to make a breakthrough as the half went on, and they went extremely close in the 32nd minute, as Jonathan Afolabi won the ball off the home defence, drove into the area down the inside-left and flashed a shot just wide of the far post.

The second half saw Leicester take advantage of the wind being largely behind them, and Kinglsey Latham had to make an excellent stop from Harrison Myring in the 52nd minute, after he raced through.

Saints went close on the hour mark, as Aaron O’Driscoll rose to meet a Jake Vokins corner, but his header fizzed just over.

The decisive goal eventually arrived in the 72nd minute, but it was the Foxes who got it, as Dewsbury-Hall’s strike from distance went through a host of bodies and found the corner of the net.

It proved to be enough for the home side, who held on for the three points.

Leicester CIty

1
Cameron Yates (GK) (C)
2
Simranjit Thandi
3
Calvin Ughelumba
4
Lamine Sheriff
5
George Heaven
6
Jack Coates
7
Tom Fielding
8
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
9
Harrison Myring
10
Kanya Leshabela
11
Conor Tee

Southampton

1
Kingsley Latham (GK)
2
Javen Siu
3
Jake Vokins
4
Ben Rowthorn
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Oliver Gardner
7
Trialist
8
Callum Slattery
9
Jonathan Afolabi
10
Will Smallbone
11
Harlem Hale
Michael Obafemi (78′)
13
Adam Parkes
12
Harry Hamblin
14
Michael Obafemi
15
Harrison Davis
16
Dan Bartlett
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