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Academy Draw At Bournemouth

Stanley on target for young Blues

28 April 2019

Alfie Stanley
Photo: Colin Farmery

Pompey Academy remain in the top half of the Merit League table following a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

The result leaves them sitting sixth ahead of next Saturday’s final game of the season against title-chasing Southend.

They took the lead midway through the first half when Alfie Stanley (pictured) played a neat one-two with Eoin Teggart, beat a defender and neatly finished.

But the Cherries levelled just before half-time, as Brennan Camp launched a quick break up the pitch and teed-up Jake Cope to score.

Both sides had chances to snatch all three points after the break, but neither could make the most of their opportunities.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We had a lot of the ball in the first half and kept Bournemouth pushed back in their own half for long periods.

“But we didn’t retain it as well as we should have and there were some wasteful passes in the final third of the pitch.

"I was pleased with the way we looked after the ball in the second half and there was quality on display from both teams."

Mark Kelly

“We got the goal through a nice finish from Alfie, but our opponents then looked brighter and got the equaliser.

“At the break we spoke to the boys about improving with possession and they got better as the second half progressed.

“Charlie Bell got in behind the defence a couple of times, forcing the keeper into a good save and then sending another effort wide.

“Oscar Johnston also had a great opportunity following a fantastic pass from Josh Flint, but somehow managed to put the ball over from a couple of yards out.

“We should really have scored again and taken control, although our keeper also had to make a decent save from a one-on-one situation.

“Overall, I was pleased with the way we looked after the ball in the second half and there was quality on display from both teams.

“The bad weather was something that everyone had to deal with, but it didn’t stop it from being an enjoyable game of football.”

Pompey: Durin (Pitman 59); Kavanagh (Rew 56), Bruce, Mnoga, Hancott; Whiting, Bridgman; Teggart (Bell 28), Johnston, Flint; Stanley

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