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Academy End Season With Defeat

14 April 2014

Blues beaten at Stevenage

Pompey were beaten 4-2 at Stevenage in their final game of the season.

The young Blues had it all to do after falling three goals behind inside the opening 20 minutes.

They improved after that, though, and pulled one back through a long-range Ben Close (pictured) strike just before the interval.

But Stevenage restored their three-goal lead in the second half before an own-goal handed Pompey a route back into the game.

They pushed forward in search of more goals, but Conor Chaplin saw his penalty saved as the hosts held on for victory.

Academy coach Mark Kelly said: “We got over-run at the start, but then changed our shape and kicked on a bit.

“We fielded a few of our under-16 players again to give them a run-out. Liam Sayers and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain both did well after coming off the bench.

“In the last 30 minutes we missed a penalty and had four or five good scoring chances.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to take them, but at least we improved after a tough opening.”

Pompey: Greene; Haunstrup, Field, Smart, Medway; Close, Granger (Oxlade-Chamberlain 61); Rwakarambwe (Nilsen 61), Chaplin, Gill (Sayers 72); Horsburgh
Sub not used: May

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