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Academy See Off Bristol Rovers

Blues remain top of the table

13 September 2021

Dan Gifford

Pompey Academy maintained their position at the top of the Youth Alliance League standings with a 4-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at Copnor Road.

An own-goal gave them an early advantage before Alfie Bridgman won a penalty that was converted by Dan Gifford (pictured).

The two Blues players then combined again and Bridgman found the target himself to ensure the hosts enjoyed a commanding lead at the interval.

And Pompey broke up the pitch to wrap things up in the second half, courtesy of Gifford’s finish into the bottom corner.

Professional development phase coach Liam Daish said: “The first 10 minutes set the tempo for us and we were able to maintain that momentum.

"We were able to create plenty of chances and some standout finishing meant we looked comfortable at half-time."

Liam Daish

“It was a great performance in the first half and I was delighted with how the lads played. We looked after the ball incredibly well.

“We were able to create plenty of chances and some standout finishing meant we looked comfortable at half-time.

“I thought we allowed the game to get a bit to stretched after the break and we just need to learn how to manage the game if we’re fortunate enough to find ourselves in a similar position again.

“But we were excellent overall and there were some really positive things for us to take out of the match.

“We were especially happy to keep a clean sheet and Toby Steward made a couple of great saves from point-blank range.”

Pompey: Steward; Setters (Howell 46), Spurway, Kaba; Fox, Simpson (Williams 76), Jewitt-White, Bridgman, Hughes; Gifford, Trialist (Payce 55)


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