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Southampton survive late scare to reach quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup

[Credit: Robin Jones]

A Dominic Ballard brace and a Kamari Doyle goal were enough to send Southampton into the quarter-finals of the cup, despite late consolations from Terrell Works and Tom Olyott. 

Both teams came into this FA Youth Cup fifth-round tie having been eliminated from the U18 Premier League Cup against Aston Villa and Sheffield United at the quarter-final stage last weekend.

Southampton defeated Aston Villa 4 – 1 at home in the previous round of the cup, reaching the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in six years. Fulham also progressed to the fifth round for the first time since 2020, winning 2 – 0 away from home against Sunderland.

What Happened?

Fulham made a bright start to the match courtesy of chances from Aaron Loupablo-Bi and Callum Osmand.

Dominic Ballard opened the scoring for Southampton in the 6th minute after slotting past Michael Allen at the near post.

Kamari Doyle increased Southampton’s lead two minutes later, as Michael Allen cheaply gave the ball away in his half to Ballard, who unselfishly gave the ball to Doyle to give his side a 2 – 0 lead.

Fulham’s night went from bad to worse as they conceded a penalty after Charlie Robinson gave the ball away to Doyle, who drove into the box only to receive a foul from Araujo. Dominic Ballard slotted his penalty down the middle to give Southampton a deserved 3 – 0 lead. 

Fulham reacted to their bad start as they had a couple of efforts from Lemar Gordon and Callum Osmand, which the Southampton keeper saved.

Mikey Harris’s side went into half time with a commanding 3 – 0 lead giving themselves a good chance of progressing to the quarter finals of the cup. 

Just past the hour mark, Dominic Ballard was released on goal after Fulham captain Delano McCoy Splatt was dispossessed off the ball. However, his chipped effort went wide off the target. 

McCoy-Splatt had a curling effort outside the box, which was tipped away by Adli Mohamed in the 71st minute.

Fulham pulled one back with nine minutes to go, as Loupalo-Bi beat his marker for pace before pulling the ball across for Terrell Works to calmly slid home to a consolation for Ali Melloul’s side.

Tom Olyott pulled another goal back for Fulham in the 85th minute as he received a lovely pass from McCoy-Splatt, and then he curled a delightful shot into the far left corner from a relatively tight angle.

Southampton held on to progress to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup, where they will encounter Preston North End. 

Whats Next?

Both teams will resume league action this upcoming Saturday. Fulham will host Leicester City, while Southampton travel to Warwickshire to play Aston Villa.

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