U18 Report: Saints 2-2 Newcastle

By SFC Media Sat 01 Apr Saints v Newcastle
Photo by Naomi Baker | Saints celebrate
Sat 01 Apr 11.00AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
2
Newcastle
2
Slattery [38'] Trialist [40']
Heaney [11'] Watts [48']
Referee: M Lee | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s recorded a 2-2 draw during their latest Under-18 Premier League fixture at home to Newcastle United.

The Magpies took an early lead through Mackenzie Heaney's free kick at Staplewood, but two goals in two minutes saw Southampton fight back and take a well-deserved lead into the break.

They were then pegged back, however, early in the second half through Kellano Watts’ low strike which ultimately earned the visitors a share of the points. 

Despite making the better start and almost taking the lead through a Will Smallbone’s rasping effort, Saints were undone on 11 minutes by a free kick from the visitors.

Having been fouled, Newcastle captain Heaney then curled a 25-yard effort over the wall and under Adam Parkes to give the visitors an early lead.

Despite going behind, Saints continued to create chances and bombarded the Newcastle goal; coming close through a Smallbone drive, Slattery header and sharp Michael Obafemi strike.

The leveller eventually came just seven minutes from half time, as Slattery converted from the spot after Magpies captain Heaney’s late tackle was penalised by referee Mark Lee.

This sparked a quick turnaround for Craig Fleming’s men, as two minutes later they had the ball in the net once more. A fine individual run resulted in Trialist rifling into the roof of the net to give Saints the advantage at the interval.

Michael Obafemi searches for an opening at Staplewood.

Soon after the restart Slattery almost made it three. The midfielder was teed up on the edge of the area by Obafemi, but slammed his effort wide of the post.

On 48 minutes Newcastle found an equaliser. Capitalising on a mistake in the middle of the pitch, Callum Smith played in Watts who then slotted under Parkes to bring the scores level.

Fleming made two changes in the opening of the second half, as Harlem Hale was introduced out wide and Harry Hamblin replaced the injured Ben Rowthorn.

Hamblin almost reinstated the lead shortly after entering the fray. Picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area he fired a left-footed volley goalwards, but it drifted narrowly wide of the post.

Jonathan Afolabi was then introduced in the final five minutes in favour of Obafemi up top, as Saints pressed for a third and match-winner.

The striker then had his chance to seal a win with the final kick of the game. Smallbone’s long-range effort was parried by Otto Huuhtanen in the Newcastle goal and Afolabi pounched, but he fired his strike over from close range.

Southampton

1
Adam Parkes (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Javen Siu
4
Ben Rowthorn
Harry Hamblin (68′)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Siph Mdlalose
8
Callum Slattery
9
Michael Obafemi
Jonathan Afolabi (86′)
10
Will Smallbone
11
Trialist
Harlem Hale (51′)
13
Alex Cull
12
Harry Hamblin
14
Harrison Davis
15
Harlem Hale
16
Jonathan Afolabi

Newcastle

1
Otto Huuhtanen (GK)
2
Craig Spooner
3
Gideon Adu-Peprah
4
Matty Longstaff
5
Ben Kitchen
6
Lewis Gibson
7
Owen Gallacher
8
Daniel Lowther
Elisa Sorensen (68′)
9
Kellano Watts
10
Mackenzie Heaney (C)
11
Callum Smith
12
Yannick Aziakonou
14
Mohammed Sangare
15
Elisa Sorensen
16
Jack Robson
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