Tarbuck, Rwakarambwe and Kim on target against Crawley
Pompey Academy continued their fine form by easing to a 3-0 victory against Crawley.
The match was an away fixture for the Blues, but a waterlogged pitch saw it switched to Furze Lane.
Bradley Tarbuck opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on after Jae Heon Kim had been brought down in the box.
And Pompey soon doubled their advantage when Lewis Horsburgh latched onto a long pass and pulled the ball back for Fahad Rwakarambwe (pictured) to coolly fire home.
Horsburgh and Kim then combined well after the break and the latter found the net from the edge of the box to secure a seventh successive victory.
Academy coach Paul Hardyman said: “I was really pleased with the performance and we’ve now kept a clean sheet in six of our last seven games.
“We scored some excellent goals and I was delighted with how we played both going forward and in defence.
“The FA Youth Cup win during the week took a lot out of our side and we were worried that they would be below-par.
“You could see that Crawley were up for it, but we scored an early penalty and then got another soon after to deflate them.
“We told the lads at half-time that the next goal was important because if we scored it then the game would virtually be done and dusted.
“Thankfully that’s exactly what happened and we were able to comfortably see out the rest of the match for a well-deserved victory.”
Pompey: Bass; Haunstrup, Smart, Whatmough (c), Medway; Nilsen, Close (Granger 70); Rwakarambwe, Tarbuck (Gill 74), Kim (Chaplin 61); Horsburgh
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