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Young Blues Draw With Exeter

Mayes on target in Furze Lane stalemate

17 September 2017

Pompey Academy striker Matt Mayes

Matt Mayes grabbed a late equaliser against Exeter as Pompey drew 1-1 for the second game in succession.

The Blues skipper hit the post in a goalless first half at Furze Lane, with Bradley Lethbridge also striking the woodwork.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after the interval when a cross from the right was converted at close range.

Mayes (pictured) ensured a share of the spoils, however, reacting quickest to find the net after another Lethbridge effort had come back off the post.

Lead professional development phase coach Mikey Harris said: “It was a disappointing goal to concede from our point of view because their lad was left free in the box.

“Before that we had hit the woodwork and were creating chances in a decent game that was played at a high tempo.

"It was very similar to the Bournemouth match the previous week, with the same result and two teams trying to play the game the right way."

Mikey Harris

“It was good work for Bradley for our equaliser and Matt reacted like all good strikers should to turn in the rebound.

“Overall it was very similar to the Bournemouth match the previous week, with the same result and two teams trying to play the game the right way.

“There was a good intensity to the contest, although we’ve come away slightly disappointed not to have taken all three points.”

Pompey: Collins; Chandler, Casey (Johnston 66), Dandy, Hancott; Read, Brooks; Whiting, Mayes (c), Flint (Maloney 55); Lethbridge
Subs not used: Birchnall, Mnoga, Bernard


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