Wednesday 19 March 2014, 2:00pm at Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton
Southampton U21s
Seager 4'; McQueen 42'; Gallagher 53'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

4' Goal

Ryan Seager

42' Goal

Sam McQueen

53' Goal

Sam Gallagher

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Flannigan
Off:Harry Reed

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Hesketh
Off:Ryan Seager

48' Missed Penalty

Dino Islamovic

2' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Charles Banya
Off:Matthew Briggs

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Smile
Off:Chris David

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Redford
Off:Dino Islamovic

Southampton closed the gap on Fulham at the top of the league with a win on Wednesday.

Southampton closed the gap on Fulham at the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League with a 3-0 victory at their Staplewood training ground on Wednesday afternoon.

Goals from Ryan Seager, Sam McQueen and Sam Gallagher did the damage, while the Whites’ best opportunity came when Dino Islamovic missed a penalty.

The home side started strongly and were ahead with just four minutes on the clock when Seager burst into the penalty area before scoring with an accurate finish across Jesse Joronen.

Fulham’s first chance to equalise arrived after a quarter of an hour when Lasse Vigen Christensen laid the ball off to Alex Brister, but the right-back’s strike just missed the target as it flew over the crossbar.

Joronen then made a double save to deny both Seager and McQueen, before being called into action once again moments later when he held centre-back Jordan Turnbull’s header from a corner.

Ange-Freddy Plumain was next to try his luck for the visitors when he beat his man before firing in a long-range effort that fell just wide of the post.

But with mere minutes remaining of the half, Saints doubled their advantage. Good play from Gallagher saw him set up McQueen and the 19-year-old winger was left with a simple finish.

The pair combined again before the interval but this time Gallagher volleyed wide.

Fulham squandered a great opportunity to get back into the match three minutes after the restart when Saints captain Turnbull upended Josh Pritchard in the area. Islamovic stepped up to take the penalty but saw his spot-kick hit the post.

And five minutes later Southampton had their third goal when Jake Sinclair’s powerful shot was fumbled by Joronen and Gallagher was in the right place to tap in.

Chances were at a premium thereafter, with two Pritchard efforts the closest Fulham came to reducing the deficit - the first was comfortably held by home keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, whilst the second soared fractionally over the bar.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton

Southampton U21s

Line-up: Gazzaniga; McCarthy, Chambers, Turnbull, Targett; Sinclair, Gape, Reed (Flannigan 82'), McQueen; Seager (Hesketh 87'), Gallagher

Unused substitutes: Rowe, Cropper, Debayo

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Brister, Passley, Buatu-Mananga, Briggs (Banya 2'); Plumain, Pritchard, Christensen, Della Verde; David (Smile 46'); Islamovic (Redford 71')

Unused substitutes: Oberschmidt, O'Reilly

Southampton U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Paulo Gazzaniga
  • 2Jason McCarthy
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 6Jordan Turnbull
  • 3Matt Targett
  • 7Jake Sinclair
  • 4Dominic Gape
  • 8Harry Reed
  • 11Sam McQueen
  • 10Ryan Seager
  • 9Sam Gallagher
  • 16Omar Rowe
  • 13Cody Cropper
  • 15Jake Hesketh
  • 14Jake Flannigan
  • 12Josh Debayo
Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Alex Brister
  • 6Joshua Passley
  • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
  • 3Matthew Briggs
  • 7Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 11Lyle Della Verde
  • 10Chris David
  • 9Dino Islamovic
  • 12Max Oberschmidt
  • 17Daniel O'Reilly
  • 14Joshua Smile
  • 15Charles Banya
  • 16Aaron Redford