Report: Saints 1-0 Fleet Town

By SFC Media Mon 03 Dec Saints v Fleet Town
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC
Mon 03 Dec 7.45PM
Hampshire Senior Cup
Southampton
1
Fleet Town
0
Jonathan Afolabi [34']
Rylan Myers [83']
Referee: Ryan Hillier-Smith | Venue: Testwood Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton’s youngsters ran out 1-0 winners against Fleet Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup third round on Monday night.

Jonathan Afolabi’s curling effort in the first-half proved the difference between the two sides in a game that Saints controlled to seal their progress.

Playing at AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium, a mix of Under-18s and Under-23s set the early tempo and began to dominate proceedings, with their first chance of note coming through Aaron O’Driscoll.

A short corner saw Siph Mdlalose’s inviting cross was put back into a dangerous area, the young Irish defender couldn’t get over the ball to steer home with his header.

Nathan Tella was the next to test Fleet’s resistance when his instinctive right-footed shot inside the box went inches over.

On 34 though, the deadlock was finally broken when Afolabi battled to win back to possession on the edge of the box, before curling a pinpoint left-footed shot beyond Brendan Norris’s grasp.

Afolabi could have had his second shortly before the break, when he headed home Tella’s teasing cross to the back post, only to be denied by the offside flag.

After the interval, Radhi Jaïdi's side continued to have the momentum. Mdlalose’s clever flick around the corner set Tyreke Johnson away and he forced Norris into a fine save with a fierce left-footed drive.

Tyreke Johnson in action against Fleet Town

Fleet grew into the contest and after bright work from Danilo Cadete, full-back Daniel Framp cut inside to engineer a shooting opportunity on his left foot, bending the ball narrowly over Alex Cull's goal.

Saints kept searching for an increasingly elusive second and were denied what looked a clear penalty, with Jaïdi introducing Harlem Hale and Kornelius Hansen to the action.

Hale's pace was causing problems and his influence on the game almost helped make it 2-0, when his dangerous low cross towards the onrushing Mdlalose was cleared.

Southampton

1
Alex Cull (GK)
2
Seamas Keogh
3
Jake Vokins
4
Harry Hamblin
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Nathan Tella
Kornelius Hansen (78′)
8
Ben Rowthorn
9
Jonathan Afolabi
10
Siph Mdlalose
11
Tyreke Johnson
Harlem Hale (65′)
13
Jack Rose
12
Tom O'Connor
14
Will Smallbone
15
Harlem Hale
16
Kornelius Hansen

Fleet Town

1
Brendan Norris (GK)
2
Daniel Framp
3
Rylan Myers
4
Ronan Silva
Layton Avenell (67′)
5
Sam Williams
6
Jordan Stepney
Adbul Rajab (67′)
7
Kofi Halliday
8
Billy Oram (C)
9
Meshach Williams
10
Harryson Wickens
11
Danilo Cadete
Enow Ojong (76′)
12
Stuart Derry
14
Adbul Rajab
16
Danny Bahram
17
Layton Avenell
18
Enow Ojong
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