Under-18s in seventh heaven against Saints

Albion youngsters earn first win of the year in emphatic style

By Alex Stedman • 17 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion celebrate an Andy Moran goal.

Albion under-18s defeated Southampton 7-1 on Tuesday to record their first win of the new year in emphatic fashion.

Goran Babic had put the Saints ahead after just 50 seconds, but Zak Emmerson soon drew Albion level on four minutes when he headed home Todd Miller’s cross.

Ed Turns put the hosts ahead soon after when he netted at the far post after well-worked corner routine. 

Andrew Moran then added another before the break with a fine solo effort before grabbing his second and Albion’s fourth on 63 minutes with an outstanding strike from long-range.

By Paul Hazlewood
Zak Emmerson is all smiles after finding the net.

Emmerson then sealed a brace of his own three minutes later when he capped a great team move, before Marcus Ifill added a sixth with an equally impressive effort after cutting inside and finishing well.

Samy Chouchane completed the scoring in the closing stages when he converted from the penalty spot.

Under-18s coach Mark Beard said, “That’s probably our best performance of the season in terms of the way the whole team played.

By Paul Hazlewood
Marcus Ifill celebrates his goal.

“It was a clinical and ruthless performance, and the boys weren’t deterred by going a goal down so early in the game.

“We’ve had three tough results before that and had a few players missing through injury.

“So it was good to have a settled side again and that showed in the result. We’ve been really working hard in the last few weeks and so we’re delighted with the manner of the win.”