Southampton’s youngsters were comfortably beaten on their opening away trip of 2019/20, losing out 4-2 to Swansea City at Landore Training Centre.
A frantic first half, including a share of five goals, left Saints with a mountain to climb after the break, having themselves conceded four of the five registered.
Benni Smales-Braithwaite also saw a penalty-kick saved – just before the visitors managed to scrape one back – adding to a particularly difficult first 45 minutes for Paul Hardyman’s side.
Defender Allan Tchaptchet was the scorer of Saints’ only first-half strike, finding the net after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.
Roland Idowu – who was also on the scoresheet against Aston Villa last week – also clawed a goal back shortly after the restart, but ultimately the damage had been done in the first period, condemning Saints to a second consecutive Under-18s Premier League loss.
Swansea frontman Josh Thomas had the hosts ahead on ten minutes, smashing home from a loose rebound, before adding a second eleven minutes later, side-footing past Oli Wright after being slid in by Morgan Clark – his brace putting the young Swans in firm control of the tie early on.
Wideman Ali Al-Hamadi then enjoyed a particularly productive spell, as he netted twice in the space of seven minutes – nipping in front of Saints’
Saints rallied thereafter, and actually had the better of the second-half chances. James Morris’s in-swinging corner caused confusion in the Swansea box, allowing Tchaptchet to pounce, before a well-worked move, again involving Morris, resulted in a goal for Idowu, as he swivelled in the box and found the bottom corner.
Ultimately, though, a