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Saints U18s 4-3 Spurs

Our Under-18s almost completed an unlikely comeback against runaway Group Two leaders Southampton in the Barclays U18 Premier League on Saturday.

Southampton, who have won eight of their 10 games so far and top Group Two by seven points, raced into a 4-0 lead by the 54th minute with goals from Omar Rowe (2), Ryan Seager and Charlie Higgins.

However, Laste Dombaxe made it 4-1 a minute after Southampton's fourth goal and within 15 minutes it was 4-3 with Roman Michael-Percil and Victor Zapata-Caicedo on target.

Unfortunately, the fourth proved elusive.

Academy Manager, John McDermott, reported: "First of all, it was a chance for the lads who weren't involved in the NextGen game against Barcelona and there was a debut for goalkeeper Liam Priestley.

"We dominated possession but defended poorly on Southampton counter-attacks and set-plays ad they were extremely clinical.

"We had to make changes, Victor and Ruben Lameires had a positive impact off the bench and we got ourselves back to 4-3.

"Laste Dombaxe, who provided excellent leadership throughout, scored from the penalty spot after Roman Michael-Percil drove inside and was brought down.

"Roman made it 4-2, a tap-in after good work down the left from Victor and then Victor made it 4-3, this time from a Roman cross.

"We showed lots of heart and we had chances after that but the only disappointment was that although we had the momentum at that stage, we got a little impatient, when it was our patience and quality play that enabled us to get back into the game.

"The game went a bit ugly in the last 10 minutes, just through the lads trying too hard. If anything, we needed more of the same that got us back to 4-3.

"I was really pleased with Sam Smith, who had a positive game at left-back, Connor Ogilvie did well again and Filip Lesniak continued where he left off against Barcelona, where he was a substitute."

Spurs U18s: Priestley, Ward, Gardiner, Ogilvie, Smith, Lesniak, Dombaxe, Winks (Lameiras, 46), Michael-Percil (Sonupe, 76), Miller, Akindayini (Zapata-Caicedo, 25). Unused sub: McGee.