Southampton 3-1 West Ham United
A stunning goal from Anouar El Mhassani (pictured) was not enough to stop ten-man West Ham United from falling to a 3-1 U18 Premier League South defeat against Southampton.
Steve Potts and Mark Phillips’ side were bested 3-1 on the south coast, despite taking the lead in the first period through El Mhassani. The 16-year-old curled a sensational free-kick into the top corner, giving the Hammers the advantage after just six minutes.
The hosts were level on half an hour though. An unfortunate slip by Emmanuel Longelo allowed Michael Obafemi to drive at goal and, with Rihards Matrevics out of position, the forward was able to slot home.
Two red cards were shown in the space of six minutes at the end of the first period. Southampton’s Hamblin received a straight red for a late tackle on 39 minutes, while Kristijan Belic was also given his marching orders after a second yellow.
Southampton were ahead two minutes into the second half. A cross-field pass evaded Matrevics, and Harlem Hale was able to tuck home.
The home side’s win was secured on 65 minutes when Jonathan Afolabi headed home from close range.
West Ham United: Matrevics, Hannam, Okotcha, Ashby, Wells, Belic, Mingi, El Mhassani (Parks 64), R.Longelo, Emmanuel (Dalipi 46), Adarkwa (Hamilton 64)
Subs not used: Roache (GK), Forson