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Season 2018-19
Southampton (a) Premier League 2 Division Two Playoff Final


  

 
Date:
Monday May 13th 2019, 7pm 

Venue:
St. Mary's Stadium

Conditions: underwhelming

Admission: Free

 



Southampton U23s

Newcastle U23s

  2 - 1

 

 

Teams

Goals

39 mins N'Lundulu header. 0-1

Half time: Saints 1 Magpies 0

53 mins
Johnson header. 0-2

80 mins
Bailey shot. 1-2

Full time: Saints 2 Magpies 1

Waffle

Newcastle U23s concluded the season by losing their promotion playoff final tie narrowly to rivals Southampton at St. Mary's on Monday night.

The two sides were meeting for the fifth time this season in league and cup and there was little to choose between them before the Saints opened the scoring six minutes before half time.

Goalkeeper Nathan Harker half-punched Tyreke Johnson's in-swinging corner clear, only for striker Daniel N'Lundulu to rise above Jamie Sterry and head the ball home.

Southampton extended their lead eight minutes into the second period, a flowing counter attack from one end of the field to the other ending with Jake Vokins crossing from the left side of the area.

That centre reached Johnson and his header from seven yards out deflected off the unwitting Kelland Watts and ended up in the back of Harker's net.

Newcastle gave themselves a lifeline with ten minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Callum Roberts laying the ball back for Owen Bailey to shoot home from the edge of the area via the aid of a deflection.

From then on it was all Newcastle, but they just couldn't find a second goal to take the tie into extra time; Elias Sorensen volleying over and Roberts seeing his shot blocked deep into the six minutes of added time.

Coming less than a week after losing the Final of the Premier League Cup to Everton, it's a cruel conclusion to the season for Ben Dawson's side - who were also defeated by Morpeth Town in the Semi-Finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

However the squad and coaches can take heart from almost doubling their points tally this time round from 2017/18 and recording the most league victories by any Magpies reserve XI in a decade. 

It has been claimed that the ill-fated loans of Roberts and Sorensen to Colchester and Blackpool earlier this year derailed our promotion push, but in reality the United squad absorbed that shortfall and continued to collect points - with the aid of the occasional guest like Jonjo Shelvey.

Credit is also due for overcoming the loss of a trio of midfielders in the shape of the loaned out Dan Barlaser and the injured duo of Victor Fernandez and Adam Wilson - not to mention seeing Sean Longstaff successfully make the transition to the first team, something of a novelty at this club.  

Southampton join Wolves in gaining promotion to the U23 top division, replacing West Ham and Swansea City who were both relegated.


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