Date: 21st April 2015 at 6:39pm
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Martin Hunter’s Under 21 side took Premier League Cup glory last night with an after extra time two one victory over Blackburn Rovers in the second leg of the final at St Mary’s.

Under 21 skipper Jason McCarthy told saintsfc following the game that with 12 odd thousands of fans in attendance, he and the team were just delighted to have given them something to cheer and celebrate because the players certainly were appreciative of the support they were given.

‘It was outstanding. We had all the hype before kick-off and it gave us all so much and spurred us on for inspiration which we needed at times. We did it the hard way, but without them it wouldn`t have been possible and it doesn`t surprise me. It was great support tonight and I`d like to thank all the fans that came. You can`t put it into words, really. When we first started out in this competition we had high hopes and ambitions, but when you actually get your hands on the cup, it`s a different thing, and we`re all just absolutely over the moon.’

Goal scorer Ryan Seager also spoke to the official site having opened the scoring for the club just after the half time break.

‘I think that was one of the best goals I`ve scored in my life purely for the importance of it. We couldn`t have won it with a better eleven players on the pitch and the substitutes, and the staff and everyone who has been in the squad throughout. It`s been amazing. I`ve never scored before in a cup final before with Southampton and it just feels amazing.’

Having been substituted just before we entered extra time Seager admitted that it was the longest half an hour of his life and he only started relaxing once Sam Gallagher had given us the lead again.

‘That was the longest 30 minutes of my life but I was just so happy to see us dig it out and win. The character spurred us on in extra-time, and when Sammy G put that one in I was just buzzing for him and the team.’

Sam Gallagher also talked about what become his winning goal in extra time following the game.

‘I was so glad for it to happen when it did and I can`t believe it really, it`s amazing. Unbelievable. Me and Sam McQueen have been trying to hit them from distance for a while, but I haven`t tried one with my left, and thankfully it came off. Without a doubt my favourite goal that I`ve ever scored, and I won`t forget it. I`ve never really had a chance to pick up a trophy or get a medal or whatever, so for that it`s just a whole new experience and one I won`t forget.’

And finally words from the gaffer after the victory.

‘Great night, fabulous performance. I thought we played particularly well first half, created loads of chances, then in the second half we got the goal that we needed and then disappointed the way we conceded the goal and obviously Harry getting two yellows made it difficult. That`s when I think the togetherness of the squad showed. They`re willing to work hard for each other, and some of the individual defending was terrific. Ronald Koeman was chatting about the pressure of the game and with them being able to deal with it, and they`ve done that to a man this evening.’

Hunter went on to say.

‘I am immensely proud, but there are lots more people that have worked and helped these players – I`m just lucky enough to be the coach of the team at the moment, but this is a club effort.’

And saying about the plus 12,000 crowd in attendance.

‘From minute one to the end of the game, their support was invaluable. Maybe they were the 11th player that we needed on the pitch – they were magnificent.’

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