U18 Report: Saints suffer first league defeat

By Marc Walker time Sat 25 Sep Crystal Palace vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sat 25 Sep 12PM
U18 Premier League
Crystal Palace
1
Southampton
0
Raymond [35']
goal
Ling (86') Adaramola (90+3')
yellow card
Squires (76') Pambou (88')
Venue: Crystal Palace Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s suffered defeat in the league for the first time on Saturday after falling to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Saints goalkeeper Eddie Beach was forced into some smart action early on as he denied Palace strikers Victor Akinwale and Ademola Ola-Adebomi chances to score in quick succession.

More chances came for the hosts as headers from Akinwale and David Ozoh went close to breaking the deadlock, whilst Saints man Beach dealt with long-range efforts from Jadan Raymond and Tayo Adaramola comfortably.

After a competitive opening, Saints had their first effort on goal on 20 minutes as Luke Pearce worked space for himself and forced a smart low save from Owen Goodman in the home goal.

Although Palace continued to create openings and forced good defensive actions, another breakaway opportunity almost saw Carl Martin’s visitors take the lead themselves as Luke Pearce squared and Tyler Dibling struck straight at Goodman.

However, with 35 minutes played, Palace did take the lead as Jadan Raymond danced into the box and finished smartly.

Saints then pushed to get back into the contest though. Josh Squires’ powerful strike from distance was followed by Fedel Ross-Lang’s fierce shot from a narrow angle, but neither effort proved quite precise enough to find the opposition net.

A quick start in the second-half was important for Saints and two crosses – the first from Tyler Dibling and the second from Luke Pearce – flashed across goal after promising attacks.

A nice flow developed in the second period as the game opened up for Saints to try and take control. Rylee Wright was looking lively after his first-half introduction and was providing some good running from midfield areas as he and his teammates looked for a way back into the contest.

With 15 minutes remaining, Wright had perhaps Saints’ best chance of the game when a subtle shift of the ball onto his right foot in the area worked space for a placed shot and he was unlucky to see his effort roll just wide.

Saints are in action again next weekend and return to Staplewood when to take on Leicester City in the Under-18s Premier League, with kick-off at 11am on 2nd October.

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Crystal Palace

1
Owen Goodman (GK)
2
Cameron Lewis-Brown
3
Tayo Adaramola yellow card
4
David Ozoh
5
Joe Sheridan (C)
6
Kayden Rodney
7
Maliq Cadogan
8
Fionn Mooney
replace Junior Dixon (89′)
9
Victor Akinwale
17
Ademola Ola-Adebomi
replace Joseph Ling (65′) yellow card
10
Jadan Raymond goal
12
Kalani Barton
13
Jackson Izquierdo
14
Joseph Ling
15
Adler Nascimento
16
Junior Dixon

Southampton

1
Eddie Beach (GK)
2
Sonnie Davis
3
Matt Carson
4
Jem Hewlett
5
Leon Pambou (C) yellow card
6
Josh Squires yellow card
7
Luke Pearce
replace Ryan Chavez-Munoz (74′)
8
Cameron Bragg
9
Jimmy-Jay Morgan
10
Tyler Dibling
11
Fedel Ross-Lang
replace Rylee Wright (0′)
13
Gustav Lillenberg
12
Jeremi Rodriguez
14
Kaya Tshaka
15
Ryan Chavez-Munoz
16
Rylee Wright
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