Barnes shot 0-1
17 mins Alofabi shot 0-2
37 mins McQueen header 0-3
Half time: Saints 3 Magpies 0
70 mins Heardman header 1-3
82 mins Sterry shot 2-3
Sangare shot 2-4
90 mins Johnson shot 2-5
93 mins Ward-Prowse free kick 2-6
Full time: Saints 6 Magpies 2
The kits may have been the same, but the U23
meeting of Southampton and Newcastle at St. Mary's on Monday was a rather
different affair to the first team contest there a day earlier.
Peter Beardsley's out-of-form reserve side suffered
their heaviest defeat since 2013, shipping three goals in
each half to extend their winless run in all competitions to a depressing
Only eight minutes had passed when Marcus
Barnes side-footed the Saints ahead, after a corner kick led to a scramble in the
Newcastle area. And that lead was then doubled in almost identical circumstances in the 17th minute,
Jonathan Afolabi netting this time.
It became 3-0 to the home side eight minutes before the break, when a right wing
centre from Yan Valery was headed in from six yards by Sam McQueen, despite Freddie Woodman getting
Following a triple substitution midway through the second half, United did
manage to pull
one back in the 70th minute when Tom Heardman,
headed in fellow substitute Ben Kitchen's corner kick - their best moment
before that Luke Charman's thunderbolt that struck the crossbar on the hour.
And hopes of a comeback were raised with eight minutes remaining when Jamie Sterry closed down the
'keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net for 2-3.
Back came the Saints however and
McQueen got his second of the evening with three minutes remaining, shooting high into the net from a tight angle.
Worse followed; Tyreke Johnson beating two men
and firing home before James Ward-Prowse curled a
free-kick over the wall to make it 6-2 before the referee put United out of
Many thanks to the ubiquitous GW
- surely the only person on the planet to witness Newcastle's three games in
three days - at Boro (U18s) and Southampton (first team & U23s).