U18 Report: Wolves 2-0 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 29 Apr Wolves v Southampton
Photo by Naomi Baker | Jonathan Afolabi
Sat 29 Apr 12.00PM
U18 Premier League
Wolves
2
Southampton
0
Allan [18'] Samuels [80']
Venue: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s suffered defeat away to league leaders Wolves in their latest Under-18 Premier League encounter.

Despite the eventual score line Saints started brightly. New recruit Nathan Tella looked lively from the off and soon slipped Jonathan Afolabi in on goal, though both the goalkeeper and offside flag denied the Irish striker.

On 18 minutes the hosts found their breakthrough. A dangerous cut-back from the right flank found Allan lurking inside the penalty area and he slotted low under Kingsley Latham.

Allan almost had a second minutes later. A deep corner from the right once again found him loitering at the far post, though Latham palmed his initial effort into the air before clutching the ball to safety.

Saints could well have levelled just before the break. Will Smallbone chipped a free-kick towards the near post for Afolabi to chest and volley, but he was unable to prevent his effort at goal flying over the crossbar.

The hosts almost doubled their tally soon after the restart. Ryan Giles went darting to the Saints byline and flashed a ball across goal, though it narrowly eluded two Wolves bodies inside the penalty area.

At the other end Smallbone’s pass found Afoabi who wriggled inside the penalty area to fire a right-footed strike low at goal, but it was well saved by the foot of Rory Brown.

Craig Fleming then moved to make his first change of the afternoon, as Tyreke Jonson made way for Harlem Hale.

Despite Saints’ best efforts, it was the hosts that eventually found the net once more on 80 minutes. Latham did well to deny Allan another from close range, but could do little to prevent substitute Austin Samuels hammering home the rebound to seal all three points for Wolves.

Wolves

1
Rory Brown (GK)
2
Dion Sanderson
3
Adam Osbourne
4
Owen Otasowie
5
Aaron Crabtree
6
John Cameron (C)
7
Andrew Sealey
Austin Samuels (77′)
8
Taylor Perry
9
Jordan Allan
10
Bradley Carr
11
Ryan Giles
Joshua Hesson (68′)
13
Harry Beasley
12
Joshua Hesson
14
Austin Samuels
15
Dominic Moan
16
Kevin Balhog

Southampton

1
Kingsley Latham (GK)
2
Harry Hamblin
3
Javen Siu
4
Ben Rowthorn (C)
5
Oliver Gardner
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Nathan Tella
8
Harrison Davis
Daniell Bartlett (68′)
9
Jonathan Afolabi
Christian Norton (81′)
10
Will Smallbone
11
Tyreke Johnson
Harlem Hale (68′)
13
Alex Cull
12
Harlem Hale
15
Daniell Bartlett
16
Christian Norton
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