Albion seal emphatic PL Cup triumph over Saints

PL2 report

Albion’s PL2 side cruised to an impressive 6-0 win against Southampton on Thursday evening at Snows Stadium.

Rico Richards and Quevin Castro gave the young Baggies a 2-0 lead at the break, before Richard Beale’s side took total control of proceedings after half-time.

Jamie Andrews’ penalty, Owen Windsor’s spectacular volley and a double from substitute Modou Faal completed a commanding performance from Albion’s youngsters.

Southampton began the evening looking for long balls over the top, but were soon made to pay when a fast counter-attack allowed Tom Fellows to cross down the left, and attacker Richards was happy to oblige as he guided the ball under Ollie Wright to make it 1-0.

A scrappy first 45 minutes followed Albion’s opening goal, but midfielder Castro ensured the visitors had breathing space just before the interval, as he curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner to double the advantage.

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Intensity didn’t drop in the second half, and the Baggies were given an opportunity to extend their lead further when good dribbling from Windsor saw a Saints defender trip him in the box. The referee awarded a penalty, and Andrews delivered with a powerful shot down the middle to make it 3-0.

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But Albion weren’t done there and just minutes after stepping onto the field off the bench, forward Faal pounced on hesitant Saints defending to smash in a fourth.

Windsor’s spectacular volley into the top corner from a set-piece made it 5-0, and Faal was slid in during the closing stages to net his second and Albion’s sixth of the night, rounding off a ruthless display from the youngsters.

Albion: Cann; Shotton, Taylor, Joshua (Cleary 68); Teixeira, Castro, Andrews (King 76), Ashworth; Richards (Faal 68), Fellows, Windsor.

Substitutes: Chisholm, Hall.

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