U18 Preview: Saints vs Sheffield Wednesday

By SFC Media time Wed 08 Dec Saints vs Sheffield Wednesday
Photo by Isabelle Field | Luke Pearce

Southampton’s Under-18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign on Thursday as they host Sheffield Wednesday at St Mary’s.


Saints vs Sheffield Wednesday
FA Youth Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Thursday 9 December, 7pm GMT

Carl Martin’s side have been in fine form in recent weeks with them currently on a six-match unbeaten streak.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Rylee Wright(L) and Jimmy Jay Morgan(R) celebrate with Luke Pearce(center) of Southampton after he opens the scoring during Premier League U18s match between Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Staplewood Training Ground on October 30, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Rylee Wright, Luke Pearce and Jimmy Jay Morgan celebrate Saints' opening goal vs Brighton

The visitors have already faced two opponents on the road to the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Having secured a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Burton Albion in the first, they then went on to claim a 2-1 win over Aylestone Park in the second. 


Southampton’s first team last faced Sheffield Wednesday back in September 2012, where they emerged 2-0 victors in their League Cup tie.

Two goals from Jay Rodriguez saw Saints progress to the last sixteen of the competition.


“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Individual Player Coach Mikey Harris. “The boys are obviously excited.

“It’s an incredible experience for them to play under the lights at St Mary’s but one we’re looking forward to and the boys are well prepared for.

“The boys, generally speaking, are playing at training grounds in front of a few parents or in some cases in recent months, no-one.

“To have a crowd here and a bit of atmosphere will be part of their experience and part of their development so hopefully we’ll have a good turn out and we can get a positive result and positive performance.”


Don’t miss out on supporting Southampton’s youngsters and book your tickets today. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £3
Under-18 - £1


The winner of Thursday’s fixture will host either Sutton United or Preston North End on Saturday 15th January.


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