U18 Report: Saints settle for draw after late equaliser

By Marc Walker time Mon 28 Nov Saints vs Brighton
Photo by Isabelle Field | Alex Stepien-Iwumene

Southampton Under-18s drew 1-1 with Brighton in the Under-18s Premier League on Monday evening, as a late goal denied them a deserved win.

Good opportunities were created throughout the game by the hosts and they went ahead through Will Armitage’s header on 61 minutes.

Brighton’s leveller came courtesy of Eliot Jenks, with just one minute of normal time remaining.

Saints started positively and saw early shots from Joe Andrews and Tyler Dibling blocked well by Brighton’s defence.

Jayden Meghoma also tried his luck from range in the first 10 minutes, but the ball skidded the wrong side of the post and into the side-netting with Brighton goalkeeper Tommy Reid looking concerned.

Despite the game remaining goalless midway through the first-half, a young Saints side were staying solid at the back and creating opportunities at the other end.

Another shot on goal was saved well by Brighton’s Reid as Will Armitage strode forward from defence and struck a low effort after reaching the edge of the opposing penalty area.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Jayden Meghoma of Southampton during the U18s Premier League match between Southampton U18s and Brighton & Hove Albion at Staplewood Training Ground on November 28, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Jayden Meghoma came close to an early opener

Brighton’s first real chance came around the half hour mark; striker Rameiro Moulton found space down the left and drove infield before stinging the palms of Saints goalkeeper Adli Mohamed, who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Moulton then had another opportunity to score shortly before the break when he positioned himself perfectly to finish a low cross from the right, but a miskick at the wrong moment prevented him from breaking the deadlock.

The last action of the first period saw a corner delivery from the visitors look destined for the net after a downward header, but Saints got bodies back to make a crucial goal line clearance.

Early in the second-half, Saints were thankful to goalkeeper Mohamed as he made a superb save to tip onto the post and denied a certain goal for Brighton’s Bailey Smith.

After a spirited display though, it was Saints who took the lead on 61 minutes.

A free-kick delivery from Tyler Dibling on the left was not dealt with by the Brighton defence and goalkeeper Tommy Reid failed to claim, leaving Will Armitage positioned well to head home into an empty net.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Will Armitage of Southampton during the U18s Premier League match between Southampton U18s and Brighton & Hove Albion at Staplewood Training Ground on November 28, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Will Armitage opened the scoring just after the hour mark

Saints then had the perfect opportunity to double their advantage. An incisive move from the right saw Tyler Dibling slide substitute Jay Robinson in on goal, but he was denied by Reid who smothered the shot well.

Into the final stages, Saints remained on top and had another chance to secure their win. Alfie Prescott’s pass into the box found Will Merry and the striker’s curled effort, after beating his marker, was tipped wide.

However, a late twist came when Brighton broke forward and saw midfielder Eliot Jenks break into the box to score.

Saints settle for a point, as they turn their attentions to the FA Youth Cup next with a trip to Coventry City on the horizon.

Southampton

1
Adli Mohamed (GK)
2
Alfie Prescott
3
Jayden Meghoma
4
Tommy Dobson-Ventura
5
Will Armitage (C) goal
6
Reggie Evans
7
Tyler Dibling
8
Alex Stepien-Iwumene
replace Trialist (75′)
9
Will Merry
10
Isaac Bailey
replace Jay Robinson (63′)
11
Joe Andrews
12
Jay Robinson
13
Jak Stewart
14
Harrison Miles
15
Ethan Hartness
16
Trialist

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Tommy Reid (GK)
2
Joe Knight
3
Harry Mills
replace Harry Lee (77′)
4
Charlie Penman
5
Kain Ryan
6
Zane Albarus
7
Bailey Smith
8
Eliot Jenks (C) goal
9
Remeiro Moulton
10
Jake Gee
replace Layth Gulzar (63′)
11
Sahil Bashir
replace Jaydon Fuller (63′)
12
Harry Lee
13
Alfie Manhell
14
Jaydon Fuller
15
Layth Gulzar
16
Yussif Owusu

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