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Academy Held By Bournemouth

Young Blues have to settle for a draw

25 February 2018

Pompey Academy's Bradley Lethbridge

Pompey Academy collected their first Merit League point with a goalless draw against Bournemouth at Copnor Road.

It was a cagey affair, but one the hosts dominated and they had penalty appeals turned down for an apparent handball in the early stages.

Leon Pitman made a couple of decent saves in the Blues goal, while a quick counter-attack then saw Leon Maloney fire wide.

And the Blues looked more dangerous following the interval, with Bradley Lethbridge (pictured) and Alfie Stanley both unable to take advantage of promising openings.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We had a lot of control throughout the game and played some excellent football, getting into a lot of good positions.

“Bradley should have scored a couple, while Alfie, Oscar Johnston and Leon Maloney also missed chances.

"There’s a hint of disappointment that we couldn’t get the win our dominance probably deserved."

Mark Kelly

“We had a lot of the ball in and around the Bournemouth box, but were unfortunately just missing a bit of a cutting edge.

“Brad has just come back from head injury and had a couple of weeks, so was lacking a bit of sharpness.

“You would otherwise expect him to put some of those chances away, but we’ll work on being more clinical in front of goal.

“We were steady at the other end of the pitch, working well together as a unit and trying to play on the front foot.

“Bournemouth couldn’t really break us down and were restricted to long-range shots, with Leon Pitman doing well when he was called upon.

“I was pleased with our overall performance, although there’s a hint of disappointment that we couldn’t get the win our dominance probably deserved.”

Pompey: Pitman; Dandy, Mnoga, Casey (Kavanagh 69), Hancott; Johnston, Read, Whiting, Maloney; Stanley, Lethbridge (Bridgman 75)

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