Southampton Cup: Day Five

By SFC Media Fri 11 Aug Southampton Cup

A glorious summer day set the perfect scene for the first batch of knockout games in the Southampton Cup.

Southampton Under-12s suffered an unfortunate defeat in their Academy section semi-final against FC Nordsjaellend. 

The young Saints side fell 2-0 behind before a late penalty threatened the chance of a comeback. But despite piling men forward and building pressure, the final whistle blew just before a spirited display could grab them a late equaliser. 

In the other semi-final, AFC Bournemouth progressed on penalties after their tight game against Mansfield Town. 

Chelsea were defeated in the Under-14s Academy semi-final, as Deportivo secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the West London side.

Despite a tight game and a number of late chances for Chelsea, the Spanish side held on to book their place in the showpiece game. 

Elsewhere, Porto and Dinamo Zagreb played out the other semi-final in a truly entertaining fashion.

After a tight opening, Porto took the lead on 29 minutes from the penalty spot to earn a slender lead heading into the second period.

Shortly after the break, however, Zagreb equalised with a spectacular tactical free-kick to set up a nervy finish.

Despite both teams having chances late into the game, the match was eventually decided on penalties where Porto prevailed after a 4-3 win.

Hythe & Dibden progressed to the final of the Under-12 Premier Boys' tournament after their destructive 5-0 victory over Oakwood.

Hythe, who were impressive in front of goal during their comfortable win, will now face Champion Sport Group in the final.

In the Under-14 Boys' Premier final, Salisbury – who edged out Sholing Youth 3-2 – will be up against Kelowna United, after the Canadian side saw off Saints Kicks with two goals either side of half time to book their place in the final.  

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