31st March 2018 - Alex Barnes & Talia Jones

Southampton FC's Under 23 side will walk out at St. Mary's in May after beating Lymington Town to reach the SDFA Senior Cup final. 

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Wessex League side Lymington always had a tough fixture ahead of them. Southampton had knocked Southern League team Winchester City out in the quarter finals with a 3-0 win. 

However, Dave Lewis had his team well organised and a disciplined effort from them kept the scores level at 0-0. 

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An excellent performance from the entire Lymington defence, notably from Tim Stephenson and goalkeeper Ross Casey, left Southampton looking a little bit frustrated and scratching their heads towards the end of the opening 45 minutes. 

Lymington enjoyed a bright spell after the half time break and refused to collapse despite consistent pressure from the professional outfit and it looked like they would take the game to penalties. 

However, when Lymington conceded a free kick on the edge of the area (which some argued was unfair as it appeared Callum Davies won the ball and put it out for a corner), Callum Slattery fired a free kick in off the Lymington crossbar with just nine minutes to go. 

The 1-0 win ensures Southampton's progression to the final, where they will meet Blackfield & Langley, but must also give their other Wessex League opposition some hope for the game at St.Mary's in May. 

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