Michael Obafemi showed his playmaking abilities with a wonderful assist for Southampton on Tuesday night.
The Republic of Ireland forward started for the Saints in their EFL Cup tie against Portsmouth, the first south-coast derby since 2012. Southampton won the third-round tie 4-0 at Fratton Park. Danny Ings (2), Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond got the goals and Obafemi set up the second goal of the night with a stunning pass.
The 19-year-old collected possession outside the Portsmouth penalty area, got his head up and spotted the run of Ings. With two opposition players nearby, Obafemi threaded a brilliant pass into Ings, taking the Pompey defence out of the game. The former Liverpool striker stuck the ball away, scoring his second goal of the night.
DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR DANNY INGS!
It's that man again! Danny Ings doubles Southampton's lead on the stroke of half-time.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 24, 2019
Obafemi, who made his debut for Ireland against Denmark last November, but has yet to feature in a senior squad under Mick McCarthy, played 72 minutes of the derby before being withdrawn for Nathan Redmond.
There was Irish interest elsewhere in the competition on Tuesday night. Troy Parrott made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur. The 17-year-old Dubliner played 66 minutes of the tie away to Colchester United before being replaced by Christian Eriksen. The Dane went on to miss a penalty in the shootout defeat to the League Two side.
Parrott had a couple of efforts on goal and it won’t be the last time he is seen in a Spurs jersey. Although, he may have to wait until January, and the FA Cup, to get another start for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Meanwhile, another of Ireland’s most promising young players had a difficult night for Stoke City. Nathan Collins, who has captained the team this season despite being just 18, was sent off in Stoke’s cup tie away to Crawley Town.
With just over an hour gone in the game, Collins saw red for a challenge from behind on Panutche Camara.
18 – Nathan Collins (18y 147d) is the youngest player to receive a straight red card in a League Cup encounter since Wilfried Zaha did so for Crystal Palace against Portsmouth in August 2010, at the age of 17 years and 287 days. Mist.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 24, 2019
The Leixlip-native lost control of the ball and made an honest attempt to win it back, but did not get the benefit of the doubt from the referee.
Stoke went on to lose the tie on penalties to the League Two side after the game ended 1-1 in normal time. Following the match, Stoke manager Nathan Jones said the club would appeal the red card.