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Academy Beat Forest Green

Blues win 4-1 in Youth Alliance League contest

31 August 2021

Harvey Hughes

Pompey Academy continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Forest Green at Copnor Road.

There were just three minutes on the clock when Adam Payce laid the ball off for Harry Jewitt-White to calmly slot into the net.

And the lead was soon doubled, as Izzy Kaba got in front of his marker to head home a Harvey Hughes free-kick.

Rovers reduced their deficit before the break, only for Pompey to start the second half as quickly as they did the first.

The action was only a few seconds old when Hughes found the top corner to restore the two-goal advantage.

Hughes (pictured) then capped a fine individual display by breaking down the left and sending the ball into the box for Jewitt-White to fire in his second of the contest.

Professional development phase coach Liam Daish said: “We started really brightly and were on the front foot. It was incredibly positive.

"The all-round performance from the team was encouraging because we were ruthless in front of goal and took our chances well."

Liam Daish

“After we scored the two early goals, Forest Green threw caution to the wind and we had to withstand a little bit of pressure.

“There were periods when we had to defend our goal, which is something we’ve been working on in training.

“We were strong again after the break and after getting the third, really started to enjoy ourselves and open them up.

“It was nice to have Harvey back to his best after a few injury problems, scoring one goal and creating two more.

“The all-round performance from the team was encouraging because we were ruthless in front of goal and took our chances well.

“There were a few moments when we lost a little bit of control, but we always posed an attacking threat.”

Pompey: Steward, Howell, Kaba (Taynor 58), Spurway, Hughes (Laidlaw 67), Fox, Jewitt-White, Payce, Bridgman (Simpson 33), Gifford, Trialist (Aston 55)


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