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Academy Win At Newport

Blues end Youth Alliance League fixtures on a high

26 January 2020

Eoin Teggart

Pompey Academy brought their Youth Alliance League campaign to a close with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Newport.

Their position in the table means that the young Blues will now finish the 2019/20 season in Merit League One, with fixtures scheduled to start on February 15.

Eoin Teggart (pictured) opened the scoring in south Wales, racing onto a ball over the top and firing home from the edge of the box.

And the same player doubled the advantage before the break after Harrison Brook had cut the ball back for him.

Alfie Stanley then wrapped things up in the closing stages, turning on the edge of the box and finding the bottom corner.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We had good control of the game in difficult conditions on an artificial surface that wasn’t great.

“We understood just how we wanted to play and the shape of our opponents allowed our two centre-backs to bring the ball out.

"There was a lot of variation – we went short and long. Players were making dangerous runs and we caused problems all over the pitch."

Mark Kelly

“They started a lot of what we did, linking up with the midfield and helping us to really open up the pitch.

“There was a lot of variation – we went short and long. Players were making dangerous runs and we caused problems all over the pitch.

“Eoin got two goals in the first half. Both of them were really good bits of finishing after some neat build-up play.

“Newport tried to press us more after the break, but we kept our discipline and could have scored more before Alfie got one late on.

“Keeping a clean sheet was nice – not just for the keepers and defence, but for the entire group, who put in a real shift.

“I’ve been pleased overall with how we fared in the Youth Alliance League. We got off to a fantastic start, although injuries and players going out on loan made things tougher.

“We’ve given chances to some of our schoolboys, but there’s still largely been a consistency there and our position in the table proves that.

“It’s been an intense few weeks of games for the lads, with a lot of travelling for academy and under-23 fixtures. They’ve worked incredibly hard.

“Qualifying for Merit League One is always nice and we’ll look forward to competing in that when the games get started in a few weeks.”

Pompey: Seymour; Bruce, Robb, Rew (Hughes 68), Kelly; Bridgman, Bell; Teggart, Anderson (Storey 60), Brook (Lee 63); Stanley

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