U18s Report: Arsenal 5-1 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 14 Oct Arsenal v Saints
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Michael Obafemi
Sat 14 Oct 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Arsenal
5
Southampton
1
John-Jules [42' pen 81'] Swanson [48'] Ballard [77'] Saka [85']
Obafemi pen [68']
Clark [39']
Venue: London Colney | Attendance: 85

Southampton Under-18s were well beaten at London Colney, where a flurry of late goals gave the scoreline a harshly one-sided look in favour of their Arsenal counterparts.

Saints held their own in an even first half, only to fall behind three minutes before the interval when Tyreece John-Jules found the bottom corner with a low drive from 15 yards.

No sooner had the visitors received their half-time words of encouragement than they found themselves 2-0 down, as Zak Swanson slid in at the far post to double Arsenal’s lead.

Saints responded with their best spell of the game. Harlem Hale lobbed just wide from an acute angle, before his well-struck shot was parried away by goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

But Virginia was beaten midway through the second half by Michael Obafemi’s penalty, as the striker sent the keeper the wrong way following a soft decision.

But as Saints pressed for an equaliser, they were undone by a well-worked free kick routine, culminating in captain Danny Ballard heading home the killer third.

Arsenal smelt blood and duly finished off the visitors in clinical fashion, as John-Jules scored his second from the penalty spot, before Bukayo Saka added the gloss with a late fifth.

Arsenal

1
Joao Virginia (GK)
2
Vontae Daley-Campbell
3
Dominic Thompson
4
Matt Smith
Josh Benson (56′)
5
Harrison Clarke
6
Danny Ballard (C)
7
Zak Swanson
8
Tobi Omole
9
Fol Balogun
10
Tyreece John-Jules
11
Bukayo Saka
12
Josh Benson
13
Arthur Okonkwo
14
Armstrong Okoflex
15
Bayli Spencer-Adams

Southampton

1
Alex Cull (GK)
2
Javen Siu
Kayne Ramsay (81′)
3
Jake Vokins
4
Harry Hamblin
5
Oliver Gardner
6
Christoph Klarer (C)
7
Harlem Hale
8
Will Smallbone
Will Ferry (63′)
9
Michael Obafemi
10
Dan Bartlett
Taymar Fleary (17′)
11
Kornelius Hansen
12
Jamie Bradley-Green
13
Adam Parkes
14
Kayne Ramsay
15
Will Ferry
16
Taymar Fleary
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