01/12/2014: Saints U21s 1-0 Man United U21s
Saints U21s secured a late win over Manchester United at Staplewood on Monday. Ryan Seager's goal gave Martin Hunter's men their first win over the Red Devils since the development concept came into play.
United brought a strong team down, with Jonny Evans starting in central defence. The first-half was really uneventful. Saints were afforded plenty of time on the ball at the back, building up patiently and pressing well from the front. Both teams cancelled each other out, with much of the action taking place in a congested midfield. Seager had a rare chance on 31, firing well over the bar. At the other end Will Keane had a shot on the turn well saved by Paulo Gazzaniga.
United moved the ball quicker at the start of the 2nd half, briefly taking control of the game. Saints stepped it up during the last half hour, however and started to create some good opportunities. Evans was forced to clear off the line after Seager had headed the ball over Ben Amos. Matt Targett then clipped the bar from a free-kick. Moments later the same player whipped in a dangerous cross which Omar Rowe couldn't quite get on the end of. On 79 Rowe hit the post following some great skill, manoeuvring himself past several players in the build-up. United didn't offer a lot going forward, but were denied a clear penalty. Saints had the momentum during the last 10 minutes, and finally broke the deadlock early into stoppage time. Seager completed a neat finish, following some good build up play between Lloyd Isgrove and Jake Hesketh.
Gazzaniga: Only had a couple of routine saves to make
Flannigan: Made a few good runs. Final ball not always on the money
Mugabi: A few heavy touches early on, but got steadily better as the game wore on
McCarthy: Nearly played his team in trouble with a slack pass in the second half, but otherwise decent. Showed his usual leadership skills
Targett: Probably the best player on the pitch. Effective at both ends of the pitch. Let very little get past him and delivery also very good
Reed: Shielded the ball well and displayed his intelligence throughout
Hesketh: Lucky not to concede a penalty, but otherwise matched up well against United's physicality
Rowe: Looked dangerous on the few occasions he did get on the ball
Seager: Movement good and another goal for the striker who is enjoying a solid campaign
Isgrove: Saw more of the ball as the game went on
McQueen: Involved in a few good moves before coming off
Gape: 15 minutes for the player who has had so much bad luck with injuries over the past 18 months
Sims: Came on in stoppage time
Arsenal - Seager (90)
Referee: Andy Laver
Saints: Gazzaniga, Flannigan, Mugabi, McCarthy, Targett, Reed, Hesketh, Rowe, Seager (Sims 90), Isgrove, McQueen (Gape 76)
Subs not used: Isted, Cook, Willard
Man United: Amos, Janko, Love, J Evans, Vermijl, Grimshaw (C Evans 55), Pearson, Rothwell, A Pereira, Weir, W Keane
Subs not used: J Pereira, Willock, A Fletcher