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Academy Win At Yeovil

Flint and Smith on target for Blues

28 January 2018

Pompey Academy's Josh Flint

A goal in each half saw Pompey Academy ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Yeovil in their final Youth Alliance League fixture of the season.

It was a result that ensured a top-half finish for the young Blues, meaning they will compete in Merit League One for the remainder of the campaign.

The visitors took the lead when Bradley Lethbridge challenged for Jack Chandler’s cross with the Glovers keeper, but both players missed the ball and Josh Flint (pictured) followed up to score.

And the points were secured following the break, as Lethbridge met Oscar Johnston’s centre and when his header was saved, Dan Smith was on hand to find the net.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “There were two things we had really been focusing on in training during the week leading up to the match.

“One of them was defending better as a unit – knowing when to step up and squeeze the play. It was pleasing to see that worked well.

"We dominated the game and were in control throughout on what was, quite frankly, a rubbish pitch."

Mark Kelly

“The other was to improve our balls into box and both goals came from crosses sent into dangerous areas.

“They were good deliveries from Jack and Oscar, with Josh and Dan doing well to get into the right spaces to score.

“We dominated the game and were in control throughout on what was, quite frankly, a rubbish pitch.

“Somehow we found a way to play our football and were able to get the goals that gave us a deserved victory.”

Pompey: Collins; Chandler, Casey, Dandy, Hancott; Johnston (Kelly 75), Brooks, Read, Flint (Robb 61); Smith, Lethbridge (Stanley 73)
Subs not used: Pitman, Kavanagh


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