Southampton beat their south coast rivals Portsmouth 7-0 last night in the FA Youth Cup third round.
3,814 fans watched the tie at St Mary’s stadium in a performance that Saints coach Jason Dodd hailed ‘the best performance we’ve ever had’.
Jake Hesketh and Niall Mason gave Southampton a 2-0 half-time lead.
Sam Gallagher netted his first of three after the break before Hesketh managed to grab a second.
Gallagher’s other two goals were added to by Mark Irvine to record a comprehensive win for Saints.
Dodd told Southampton’s official website: “Walking out, we were saying that Portsmouth are obviously going to be in your face, all these things that we’re not used to – so we were a bit unsure about how these lads we’re going to perform. They made it look comfortable just because we moved the ball and played some fantastic stuff.”
Pompey coach Andy Awford said: “”They are one of the best academy sides in the country. We came here and unfortunately the players froze.
“Southampton grew in confidence after scoring their third early in the second half, but we looked dispirited and it just got worse from there.”