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Young Blues Win In Wales

Success for academy in final Youth Alliance League fixture

18 February 2021

Charlie Bell

Pompey bounced back to winning ways to end their Youth Alliance League campaign in style with a 3-1 victory at Newport.

Charlie Bell (pictured) opened the scoring with a free-kick to take his personal tally for the season into double figures.

The hosts quickly levelled, but Harrison Brook cut inside from the left and fired the Blues back into the lead before the break.

And the points were secured in the second half, as Harvey Rew converted a corner to ensure Pompey can take confidence into the forthcoming Merit League fixtures.

Professional development phase coach Liam Daish said: “We started with plenty of energy following a long trip to Wales, although perhaps recent games took it out of us towards the end.

“But the lads played really well overall, keeping it simple and taking control of the play between both boxes.

“We were strong from set-plays – both attacking and defensive – and have shown a real improvement in that area recently.

"The lads played really well overall, keeping it simple and taking control of the play between both boxes."

Liam Daish

“Our patient play meant we were able to open Newport up and get the ball to our creative players, while we were more clinical.

“Conor Manderson got injured in the warm-up, so Toby Steward came in for his first start for the under-18 side between the sticks.

“He showed a lot of maturity and took everything in his stride. He was confident in coming for crosses and the whole experience will be a good one for him.

“Toby’s been on the bench for us this season and waited patiently for his opportunity, so it was nice to see him grab it with both hands.

“That was our last Youth Alliance League game and there’s a little break now before the Merit League fixtures start, so it was nice to end on a win.”

Pompey: Steward; Setters (Dawson 64), Cadman, Kaba, Hughes; Bell, Jewitt-White (Bridgman 71); Brook, Lee, Rew; Anderson (Gifford 71)

Click here to see the updated Youth Alliance League table and Pompey player stats.

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