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Academy

Young Blues Draw With Swindon

Smith grabs leveller for Pompey

6 January 2018

Pompey Academy's Dan Smith

Pompey Academy began 2018 by battling back to secure a 1-1 Youth Alliance League draw at Swindon.

They fell behind in the second half when a long-range strike from Oliver Rejek snuck under the body of Jack Collins.

But a fine passing Blues move was impressively ended by Dan Smith (pictured) to ensure the spoils would be shared.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We had all of the ball before the break and probably should have been three of four goals ahead.

“Instead we conceded a poor goal, although the equaliser was nice to see. There were lots of nice passing combinations and it was a great finish by Dan into the top corner.

"There were some pleasing individual performances and we just need to make sure that we’re more effective in the final third."

Mark Kelly

“It was fairly evenly poised after that point and both sides had opportunities to claim all three points.

“We had some decent chances to grab a winner, while both of our keepers made good saves to keep out Swindon.

“I was pleased with the boys overall and they looked really up for it following our short break for Christmas.

“There were some encouraging individual performances and we just need to make sure that we’re more effective in the final third.”

Pompey: Collins (Pitman 58); Chandler (Bridgman 51), Casey, Dandy, Hancott; Johnston (Kelly 75), Read, Brooks, Maloney; Smith, Mayes (c) (Whiting 64)


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