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Pompey Win Merit League Opener

Young Blues ease to victory against Oxford

22 March 2021

Seok Jae Lee

Pompey Academy got their Merit League campaign off to the perfect start with a 4-0 victory over Oxford at Furze Lane.

Seok Jae Lee (pictured) gave them an interval lead, while Harry Jewitt-White then converted an Alfie Bridgman delivery early in the second half.

And substitutes Kristian Dawson and Dan Gifford both struck in the closing stages to wrap up a convincing display.

Professional development phase coach Liam Daish said: “It was a really encouraging performance and we started brightly.

“There was a good shape about us – we looked compact – and the lads impressed both in and out of possession.

"We allowed them to work out any problems that arose during the game and take a bit more responsibility."

Liam Daish

“We pressed our opponents well and caused them plenty of trouble with our counter-attacks. The result was thoroughly deserved.

“From a coaching perspective, it was great to see the lads working hard for each other and you could them helping their team-mates with good information.

“We allowed them to work out any problems that arose during the game and take a bit more responsibility.

“So all in all, it was a positive day and it was nice to see us score so many goals, while also keeping a clean sheet.”

Pompey: Manderson; Setters (Dockerill 80), Kaba, Rew, Hughes; Bell, Jewitt-White; Bridgman, Lee, Brook (Dawson 69); Anderson (Gifford 69)


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