U18 Report: Reading 1-3 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 03 Nov Reading v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Sean Brennan celebrates
Sat 03 Nov 11AM
U18 Premier League
Reading
1
Southampton
3
Thierry Nevers [36']
Taymar Fleary [2'] Sean Brennan [76'] Enzo Robise [90']
Dejan Tetek [67'] Malachi Talent [87']
Dan Bartlett [87'] Pascal Kpohomouh [90+4']
Referee: Andrew Hickman | Venue: Reading Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s made it four wins from their last five games with a 3-1 victory away at Reading in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning.

Paul Hardyman’s side continued their excellent recent form, as they picked up another three points, thanks to goals from Taymar Fleary, Sean Brennan and Enzo Robise.

They got off to the perfect start, with Fleary putting them ahead within the opening two minutes.

A strong start led to a corner, which Allan Tchaptchet headed onto the post, with Fleary on hand to coolly slot home the rebound from 12 yards.

The hosts then came back into the game and won a penalty when Thierry Nevers was brought down by Oludare Olufunwa, but Jack Bycroft made a brilliant save from the spot kick, diving to his right and tipping the ball over the bar.

Reading did draw level after 36 minutes, though, as a switch in play found Nevers in space on the edge of the box and he curled a shot into the top corner.

The second half saw Saints largely on top, although Bycroft still had to make a good double save to keep the scores level.

The game was still finely balanced as it entered the final 15 minutes, but it was Saints who then tipped it in their favour.

Benni Smales-Braithwaite found Will Ferry before sprinting past him and receiving the return pass, unselfishly squaring to Brennan to finish from six yards out.

From then on, the Royals never really threatened, and Saints finished things off in the 90th minute as Robise fired a low shot from the edge of the box past the keeper to make it 3-1.

Attention now turns to the Under-18 Premier League Cup for the youngsters, as they prepare to host Stoke City next weekend, at Staplewood Campus.

Reading

1
Myles Roberts (GK)
2
Jacob Pemberton (C)
3
Imari Samuels
4
Malachi Talent
5
Marcel Elva-Fountaine
6
Nelson Abby
7
Khalid Simmo
8
Dejan Tetek
9
Shamar Moore
Nahum Melvin-Lambert (82′)
10
Claudio Osorio
Yaw Turkson (82′)
11
Thierry Nevers
12
Lynford Sackey
13
Matt Rowley
14
Yaw Turkson
15
Nahum Melvin-Lambert
16
Abdi-Raham Mohamed

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Oludare Olufunwa
3
Kameron Ledwidge
4
Dan Bartlett
5
Pascal Kpohomouh
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Enzo Robise
Callum Watts (90′)
8
Caleb Watts
Roland Idowu (58′)
9
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
10
Taymar Fleary
Sean Brennan (58′)
11
Will Ferry
12
James Morris
13
Trialist
14
Sean Brennan
15
Roland Idowu
16
Callum Watts
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