U18 Report: Saints 0-3 Spurs

By Marc Walker time Sat 10 Apr Saints vs Tottenham Hotspur
Photo by Isabelle Field | Joshua Squires
Sat 10 Apr 11.30AM
U18 Premier League
Southampton
0
Spurs
3
goal
Alonso [26'] Mundle [71'] Craig [87']
Payne (55') Carson (77')
yellow card
Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s battled hard against Spurs on Saturday but ultimately fell to a 3-0 defeat at Staplewood despite their efforts.

A competitive opening to the game saw Spurs have the first effort on goal. Rio Kyerematen squeezed his way into the area and drove a firm shot towards the far corner, but Matt Hall was equal to it and turned away to safety.

The visitors went close on another two occasions midway through the first-half as Roshaun Mathurin stung the palms of Hall again and then Michael Craig could not turn home a header across goal.

Saints then had their first meaningful attack of the game and forced a corner but Will Tizzard could not direct his header on target from the resulting delivery.

After controlling possession for long periods though, Spurs grabbed the lead on 26 minutes as winger Yago Alonso wriggled his way through before finding the far corner expertly across goal.

Despite the setback, Saints had been holding their shape well and were quick to spring on the counter when the ball was won back.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Matt Carson of Southampton during the Premier League U18s match between Southampton U18 and Tottenham Hotspur at Staplewood Campus on April 10, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Matt Carson during the second-half.

One venture forward saw striker Luke Pearce – fresh from a double against Arsenal in midweek – work an opportunity for himself inside the box but he could only poke a tough chance over the bar on the stretch.

Into the second-half, Spurs looked to double their advantage early on. Striker Mathurin twice had opportunities but blazed his first effort well over before having another well blocked by a Saints body.

The visitors would eventually find a second though when Romaine Mundle finished smartly after being slid through on 71 minutes.

Saints battled for much of the remainder of the match and tried to create something of their own but Spurs saw out their win in a professional manner and managed to add a third goal to the scoreline when Michael Craig side-footed home late on.

Saints are back in action next weekend when they travel to face Norwich City away from home.

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Southampton

1
Matt Hall (GK)
2
Sonnie Davis
3
Joshua Lett
4
Joshua Squires
5
Will Tizzard
6
Leon Pambou
replace Matt Carson (63′) yellow card
7
Riley Wright
8
Lewis Payne yellow card
9
Luke Pearce
10
Kami Doyle
replace Dominic Ballard (46′) replace Jeremi Rodriguez (83′)
11
Fedel Ross-Lang
13
Gustav Lillenburg
12
Dominic Ballard
14
Jeremi Rodriguez
15
Matt Carson

Spurs

1
Thimothee Lo-Tutala (GK)
2
Kallum Cesay
replace Jeremy Kyezu (80′)
3
Jordan Hacklett
4
Matthew Craig
5
Marqes Muir
6
Maksim Paskotsi
7
Romaine Mundle goal
replace Jezreel Davies (78′)
8
Michael Craig goal
9
Roshaun Mathurin
10
Rio Kyerematen
replace Dante Cassanova (60′)
11
Yago Alonso goal
13
Adam Hayton
12
Dante Cassanova
14
Jeremy Kyezu
15
Jezreel Davies
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