U18 Report: Saints 1-1 Sunderland

By SFC Media Sat 13 May Saints v Sunderland
Photo by Naomi Baker | Callum Slattery
Sat 13 May 11.00AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
1
Sunderland
1
Hale [88']
Gamble [38']
Young
Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 0

Harlem Hale's late strike earned Southampton Under-18s a share of the points in their final game of the season.

Owen Gamble’s first-half free-kick gave the visitors the advantage, but substitute Hale cut in from the right and found the net late on to secure a share of the spoils. 

Saints almost took the lead after just five minutes at St Mary’s. Johnson latched onto a loose pass across the Black Cats backline and hammered a shot at goal, but it bounced clear off the left corner of the upright.

At the other end Gamble was causing mischief for the visitor. The diminutive front man snuck in behind to break free on goal before Oliver Gardner recovered well to stop him in his tracks.

It was Gamble that eventually broke the deadlock on 38 minutes. Having been awarded a free-kick he rifled the 25-yard set piece into Alex Cull’s top corner just before the break.

Despite falling behind the Saints youngsters almost responded immediately. A clever pass from Will Smallbone played in Jonathan Afolabi one-on-one, though he was unable to provide the finish and pull Saints level before the break.

That was to be Afolabi’s final contribution of the afternoon, as he made way during the interval for Michael Obafemi.

Again an early lapse in concentration across the backline almost cost the visitors a goal. This time Obafemi almost capitalised on goalkeeper Anthony Patterson’s loose pass, but the Sunderland stopper did well to recover and save down low to his left.

Obafemi’s pace was causing the Black Cats real problems. Once more on 50 minutes he burst in behind and checked back inside his man to fire a strike at goal, but Patterson was again equal to the Irishman's effort.

Craig Fleming’s men continued to press and create chances up until the closing minutes of the game. Substitute Hale’s energy forced a number of opening, but it wasn't until the 88th minute that Saints found their leveller.

Bursting in from the right flank, Hale checked past two men across the face of the area before firing a left-footed strike low into the reverse corner to secure a share of points at St Mary's.

Southampton

1
Alex Cull (GK)
2
Harrison Davis
3
Javen Siu
4
Ben Rowthorn
Harry Hamblin (82′)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Oliver Gardner
7
Nathan Tella
Harlem Hale (65′)
8
Callum Slattery
9
Jonathan Afolabi
10
Will Smallbone
11
Tyreke Johnson
13
Kingsley Latham
12
Michael Obafemi
14
Harry Hamblin
15
Harlem Hale
16
Christoph Klarer

Sunderland

1
Anthony Patterson
2
Dieyo Lattie
3
Oscar Krunsell
Fergus McArdle (45′)
4
Chris Allan
Jack Connolly (58′)
5
Brandon Taylor
Alex Stoney (45′)
6
Jacob Young
7
Benjamin Kimpioka
8
Jake Huckett
9
Lee Connelly
10
Owen Gamble
11
Jack Diamond
13
Jack Newman
12
Alex Stoney
14
Fergus McArdle
15
Jack Connolly
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