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Kelly: Quality Display From May

Hat-trick hero impresses at Bognor

24 July 2018

Adam May scores for Pompey at Bognor
Photo: Tommy McMillan

It was Adam May who stole the spotlight in Pompey’s convincing friendly victory over Bognor Regis.

The midfielder has yet to net a competitive goal for the first team, but bagged a hat-trick in a 5-1 rout at Nyewood Lane.

Leon Maloney and Dan Smith were also on target as the Blues continued their free-scoring pre-season form.

But May was the unlikely hero – not that his prolific performance came as a complete surprise to Mark Kelly.

Pompey’s academy manager – who was in charge of the team – said: “Adam’s done it before a few times for the youth team and there was some quality from him, with the first goal in particular.

“It was a great touch and finish, and he’s turning into the footballer I know he can be. We’ve just got to be patient with him.

"It was a great touch and finish, and he’s turning into the footballer I know he can be."

Mark Kelly

“He can open up play and build things and he’s always had goals in him – now he’s got to develop that side of his game with the first team.

“It was a very controlled performance and he used the ball cleverly. I think people saw what a good footballer he is.”

Kelly was also satisfied with plenty of other elements of Pompey’s display on a warm evening in Sussex.

He said: “Our attention to detail was impressive and there was some good quality, although there was a period in the first half I wasn’t happy with.

“But we got those little bits right eventually and it was pleasing to see us score some really nice goals.

“It was a great finish from Dan at the end, although we’ve asked him to tidy up in areas because he was snatching at things before the break.”


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