U18 Report: Swansea 1-3 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 06 Oct Saints v Swansea City
Photo by James Bridle | Christian Norton
Sat 06 Oct 11AM
U18 Premier League
Swansea
1
Southampton
3
Evans [55']
Norton [19'] Ferry [26'] Olufunwa [47']
Williams [16'] Rushesha [24']
Idowu [47'] Ledwidge [80']
Venue: Landore Training Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s Under-18s made it three wins on the spin with a 3-1 success over Swansea in Wales on Saturday morning.

Christian Norton opened the scoring early on, his third goal of the season, before further strikes from Will Ferry and Oludare Olufunwa gave Saints a comfortable cushion, and ultimately sealed maximum spoils.

Swansea pulled one back in the second half, Owen Jarrett Evans with the goal, but the visitors controlled a large percentage of the tie, and drew on much of the confidence gleaned from recent wins over Brighton and Reading.

Enzo Robise was the creator for Norton to break the deadlock in the 19th minute, whose clinical finish was indicative of Saints' first half domination.

The ball was won in midfield, and then picked up by the energetic Robise, who spotted the run in behind from Norton. Precise passing and clever finishing gave slim chance to Swans stopper Scott Reed, as the forward calmly rolled under the onrushing keeper for the first of the morning.

Ten minutes later, and continuing to press high, wideman Ferry doubled the advantage by latching onto a pacey delivery from Roland Idowu.

The run, timely and direct, was unchecked by the Swansea backline and allowed for an easy header at the back post, as Ferry netted his third of the season.

Robise was again involved in the away side’s final goal, this time holding the ball up well and winning a free-kick deep into Swans territory.

Ferry, on dead ball duty, floated a cross into the area, where Olufunwa had shrugged off the challenge of his marker, and darted across the face of goal to glance a 47th minute header in at the near post.

Saints were three to the good, and looking comfortable, but hadn’t killed the game off completely. Perhaps stepping off the gas a bit, the youngsters allowed their Welsh counterparts a lifeline in the 55th minute.

Evans, presented with a rare sight of goal after some sloppy Saints defending, took his opportunity to reduce arrears, sending the ball past Jack Bycroft and presenting the hosts with a glimmer of hope.

Saints then, determined to protect their lead and impending points, saw the remainder of the game out without too much threat, and made it three consecutive wins after overcoming a difficult start to their campaign.

Swansea

1
Scott Reed (GK)
2
Ryan Bevan
3
Jacob Jones
4
Daniel Patrick Williams
Arnór Gudjohnsen (75′)
5
Cameron James Evans (C)
6
Jake Thomas
7
Marc Walsh
8
Tivonge Rushesha
9
Shaquille Wynter-Coles
10
Owen Jarett Evans
William Rickard (60′)
11
Bradley Gibbings
Connor Shields (72′)
12
Arnór Gudjohnsen
13
Nathan Sheppard
14
Ali Al-Hamadi
15
Connor Shields
16
William Rickard

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Oludare Olufunwa
3
Kameron Ledwidge
4
Roland Idowu
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Enzo Robise
8
Caleb Watts
Ethan Burnett (88′)
9
Christian Norton (C)
Benni Smales-Braithwaite (76′)
10
Kornelius Hansen
11
Will Ferry
Taymar Fleary (73′)
12
Seamas Keogh
13
Matthew Hall
14
Ethan Burnett
15
Taymar Fleary
16
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
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