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Academy Start Season With Win At Yeovil

Young Blues secure a 4-1 victory

4 August 2019

Alfie Stanley
Photo: Colin Farmery

Pompey Academy got the new Youth Alliance League season off to a perfect start with a 4-1 victory at Yeovil.

They opened the scoring when a looping cross from Harry Kavanagh was nodded in at the back post by Alfie Stanley (pictured).

And it was Stanley who doubled the advantage, being teed-up by Charlie Bell after the Blues had broken quickly up the pitch.

Dan Neild did reduce the Glovers’ deficit to ensure that the hosts remained in the contest at the interval.

But Pompey restored their two-goal lead following the restart, with Kavanagh smashing home a free-kick.

Yeovil then failed to deal with a ball in from the left and Stan Bridgman stabbed it into the net to complete the scoring.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “It was a pleasing first league game for the boys, which comes off the back of a solid pre-season.

“We were looking at psychological and social aspects over the summer, making sure their behaviour was right and how that affected things on the pitch.

"It was a pleasing first league game for the boys, which comes off the back of a solid pre-season."

Mark Kelly

“I’m pleased to say that they were fully committed to the job and that helped us to get a positive result.

“Yeovil worked hard against us and we identified how to stretch the game early on, seeing more of the ball as they tried to press and close us down.

“It was good to see how we found those spaces to exploit and we’re happy with the overall performance, while still wanting to improve on the things we could do better.”

Pompey: Pitman; Kavanagh, Robb, Rew, Kelly; Bridgman, Storey; Teggart (Brook 74), Bell (Lee 68), Anderson; Stanley
Subs not used: Gifford, Sims, Garrett

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