In the week that Southampton had four players called up by Roy Hodgson to the England senior side, their youth system showed no signs of holding up as they put five past Aston Villa this morning.
Ryan Seager opened the scoring with a deflected effort he converted from a corner and he teed up Jake Hesketh for the second. Hesketh turned past a man in the box before driving the ball into the goalkeepers far side of the net.
Will Wood netted a brace at the start of the second half. His first effort was rifled at the goalkeeper and he was unable to hold it as it bounced into the gaping net behind him. The second came from a back post volley after Wood crafted some good space for himself.
Niall Mason netted the fifth and final goal to round off a superb Southampton performance during injury time.
Everton overtook Manchester City at the top of the northern division as they beat the Citizens 2-1 this morning.
Kevin Sheedy’s side were 1-0 down through a Oliver Ntcham strike but came back with goals from Thomas Davies and Arlen Birch to leapfrog their opponents at the top of the table.
Full results (from @chelseayouth)
Middlesbrough 0-1 Stoke (Coban), Everton 2-1 Man City (Davies, Birch; Ntcham), Liverpool 4-1 Newcastle (Marsh, Trickett-Smith, Wilson 2; McKinnon), Blackburn 4-4 Wolves (Wall 3, other TBC; Devers, Rainey, other 2 TBC), Bolton 1-4 Sunderland (Ball; Greenwood 2, Smith, Blinco), Reading 3-2 Spurs (Shaughnessy, Hyam, Lawal; Akindayini, Walkes), Southampton 5-0 A.Villa (Seager, Hesketh, Wood 2, Mason),Chelsea 0-2 Leicester (Rowe, Dusabe), Norwich 0-2 Fulham (Redford, Hyndman), WBA 1-2 Arsenal (Oldnall; Dobson, Willock).