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Milk Cup Diary: Day One

28 July 2014

Swindon Town started their Milk Cup campaign with a tough opening fixture against Premier League side, Southampton, at The Clough, writes Academy Manager, Jeremy Newton.

The game started very well for both sides but it was hard for both teams to get any sort of rhythm, with the pitch quite narrow and the grass being long.

Southampton took the lead on eight minutes when a cross from the right was headed against the crossbar and down onto the goal-line. The assistant referee gave a goal to the annoyance of the Swindon defenders. Swindon then rallied and equalised on 16 minutes when a free kick from Will Christopher was mis-handled by the Saints 'keeper and allowed Albi Hopkins to slide the ball in to make it 1-1 going into the break.

The second half started and Southampton looked stronger. They took the lead when a cross from the left flicked off Will Christopher and the centre forward headed in to make it 2-1. Southampton made it three with a good header into the top corner. Town then got a goal back through Jordan Morris, when the 'keeper made a save inside the goal and again, the assistant referee was on hand to give a goal. However, Southampton sealed the game with a long-range strike into the top corner to make 4-2. Swindon had a late chance when Ullas Akkus went close with a header and Sol Pryce late on with a strike of his own.

Swindon line-up: Declan Lehmann, Jack Stanley, Harry Hillerby, Mason Hathaway, Will Christopher, Jordan young, Callum Gunner, Albi Hopkins, Sam Beaumont, Jordan Morris, Scott Twine.

Substitutes: Alex Hallett, Aaron Holloway, Luke Haines, Sol Pryce, Jayden Mitchell, Ullas Akkus, Ollie Rejek.

Swindon play Santa Marta de Liray from Chile at 1.30pm at Castle Rock.

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