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Academy Continue Winning Run

17 November 2013

Kim and Rwakarambwe on target against Southend

Pompey Academy geared up for Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup tie against Barton Rovers with a 2-0 league triumph against Southend at Furze Lane.

They opened the scoring early on with Brandon Joseph-Buadi pulling the ball back for Kim Jae Heon (pictured) to fire home from the edge of the box.

Fahad Rwakarambwe then secured a fifth successive victory in the closing stages after being teed-up by substitute Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Academy coach Paul Hardyman said: “We rested key players like Jack Whatmough, Ben Close, Bradley Tarbuck and Lewis Horsburgh ahead of the cup match.

“That meant we finished the game with five of our under-16 squad on the pitch, which is fantastic experience for them and shows that we’ve got another good crop of players coming through.

“So I was really pleased with the result – and also the performance that went with it.

“We took a bit of time to get going and the first half was a bit scrappy, but we looked a lot better after the break.

“I was impressed with our defensive display against a more experienced Southend side, who would have conceded more without several key saves from their England youth goalkeeper. 

“We scored two good goals and kept a clean sheet, which keeps us among the bunch at the top of the table.”

Pompey: Bass; Haunstrup, Field, Smart, Medway (Davis 61); Rwakarambwe, Nilsen, Granger (Oxlade-Chamberlain 54), Kim (Sayers 61); Gill, Joseph-Buadi

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