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YOUNG BLUES STING BEES

20 March 2016

Academy are 3-1 winners over Barnet

Pompey Academy fought from behind to beat Barnet 3-1 at Furze Lane and extend their winning run to three matches.

The visitors opened the scoring against the run of play after breaking up the pitch quickly following a Blues set-piece.

But three goals early in the second half turned the contest completely on its head.

Liam Sayers levelled the scores when he used his power to burst past a defender and coolly slotted home.

Adam May (above) soon gave Pompey the lead, charging through on goal and neatly lobbing the ball over the Bees keeper.

And Sayers then strengthened their advantage with a fierce finish after good build-up play from Brandon Joseph-Buadi and Tommy Scutt.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “We started the game brightly and were on the front foot, only to concede because of some sloppy defending.

“You could see that rattled our boys and it allowed Barnet to just about shade the rest of the first half.

“They’ve asked me to treat it more like a first team game at half-time, so that’s exactly what I did, giving them some pretty clear feedback.

“We needed to see a reaction to that and they scored three quick goals following the restart, so it seemed to do the trick!

“But ultimately they need to learn to fire themselves up, rather than rely on the staff to do it for them.

“Liam did well for the equaliser and Adam seemed pretty happy with his goal, despite taking a whack in the process.

“There was then a nice move and finish for Liam’s second. He’s dividing his time between us and Dorchester – where he’s on loan – and I was pleased with how he performed.

“We created a few more chances after that and also looked really solid at the back for the remainder of the match.

“It’s an old cliché, but it really was a game of two halves. We were poor for much of the first, but I was pleased with how clinical we were in the second.”

Pompey: Hall; Widdrington, Saidy, Wakley, McDowell; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Brooks 73), May; Joseph-Buadi, Scutt, Haitham; Sayers

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