U18 Report: West Ham 0-3 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 19 Aug West Ham v Saints
Sat 19 Aug 11.00AM
U18 Premier League
West Ham
0
Southampton
3
Obafemi [18' 35'] Hale [91']
Venue: Little Heath Sports Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s picked up their first three points of the season with a convincing win away at West Ham United.

A first-half Michael Obfemi brace gave the Saints youngsters a well-deserved lead before Harlem Hale then converted from the spot late on to complete the scoreline.

Craig Fleming made a handful of changes to the side that suffered defeat to Leicester City last weekend, which saw Dan Bartlett came into the midfield.

Saints started the brighter of the two sides at Little Heath and the high-energy start soon created a number of openings.

With just ten minutes on the clock Bartlett surged into the penalty area and teed up Will Smallbone on the edge, though his shot was directly at Rihards Matrevics in the West Ham goal.

The opener then came on 19 minutes. Harlem Hale plucked a high ball out of the sky and found Obafemi inside the penalty area, who then cut back onto his left and finished confidently from close range.

Obafemi then added to his personal tally just before half time. Latching onto a mistake across the backline, he surged forward and produced a fantastic 20-yard lob to further extend the lead.

Saints continued the second half in the same manner that they finished the first and continued to create the better of the chances.

Christian Norton was introduced up top for the final stages of the game and almost added to the tally. Jake Vokins' low cross into the penalty area found the forward with ten minutes to play, but he was unable to keep his side-footed effort down.

The victory was then confirmed in added on time. Vokins latched onto a superb ball from Smallbone and was clattered inside the penalty area, leaving the referee no alternative but to point to the spot.

Hale confidently stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick, sending Matrevics the wrong way to ensure all three points came back to the south coast.

West Ham

1
Rihards Matrevics
2
Will Greenidge
3
Reece Hannam
4
Ben Wells
5
Jay Mingi
6
Korrey Henry
7
Malyk Hamilton
8
Kristijan Belic
9
Emmanuel Longelo
10
Bernado Rosa
11
Rosaire Longelo
13
Tyler Forde
12
Kevin Dalipi
14
Louie Watson
15
Anouar El Mhassani
16
Sean Adarkwa

Southampton

1
Alex Cull
2
Oludare Olufunwa
6
Christoph Klarer
5
Oliver Gardner
3
Javen Siu
4
Harry Hamblin
8
Will Smallbone
7
Harlem Hale
10
Dan Bartlett
11
Jake Vokins
9
Michael Obafemi
13
Adam Parkes
12
Bailey Owen
14
Christian Norton
15
Taymar Fleary
16
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