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Academy Draw With Bournemouth

Stanley on target for young Blues

11 August 2019

Pompey Academy
Photo: Duncan Shepherd

Alfie Stanley netted his third goal in the space of just two games, but Pompey Academy had to settle for a point against Bournemouth.

The striker raced on to Charlie Bell’s fine pass and slotted the ball home in the first half at the PMC Stadium.

But the Cherries levelled after the break, while the referee decided that Bell’s late strike had not crossed the line.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We were very impressive in the first half, enjoying plenty of control and using the ball well.

“We scored a good goal, with some clever play from Charlie to clip the ball over the defence for Alfie to run on to.

“There were more chances created and we might have increased our advantage before going in for the break.

"There are things for us to work on, particularly in possession, but the lads applied themselves well and produced a committed performance."

Mark Kelly

“We started the second half brightly and our opponents changed their shape a bit, knowing they had to go for it more.

“They got their equaliser and we just didn’t use the ball quite as well during that period. We didn’t adjust to their switch.

“It was quite an even end to the game, although Charlie thought he’d scored. The ball hit the bar and bounced down – we thought it was over, but the referee didn’t. We really needed VAR!

“Leon Pitman had to make one really great save at the other end in the closing stages and overall it was an entertaining game of football.

“There are things for us to work on, particularly in possession, but the lads applied themselves well and produced a committed performance.

“I would like to thank Baffins Milton Rovers for hosting the game and we really enjoyed the opportunity to play there.”

Pompey: Pitman; Kavanagh, Rew, Robb, Kelly; Bridgman (Flint 29), Storey; Teggart (Lee 79), Anderson (Brook 68), Bell; Stanley


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