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Academy End With A Win

Young Blues beat AFC Wimbledon

1 May 2022

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Pompey Academy battled from behind to finish the Merit League campaign with a 3-2 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

They conceded the opening goal at Copnor Road, but Harvey Hughes (pictured) levelled before the hosts struck again through a trialist to lead at the interval.

It was then the turn of the Dons to equalise, but Maxwell Hurst came off the bench to convert a late corner and ensure the Blues finished fourth in the standings.

Professional development phase coach Liam Daish said: “It was a great victory and I was really pleased with the performance of the lads.

“They kept going after conceding the opener and I was pleased with the reaction because they stuck to the process we’d worked on.

"All of the lads who were involved – the under-18s and the under-16s – contributed to what was a good home win."

Liam Daish

“We went ahead by the break and although Wimbledon got back on terms, it was a great goal from Maxwell to win the game.

“It nice to finish on such a positive note against really strong opponents who can always cause you problems.

“All of the lads who were involved – the under-18s and the under-16s – contributed to what was a good home win.”

Pompey: Steward; Fox (Aston 76), Kaba, Hughes, Laidlaw; Jewitt-White, Trialist (Kamavuako 65); Howell (Trialist 76), Trialist (Hurst 84), Bridgman; Gifford

Click here to see the final Merit League One table and appearance/goal stats for the 2021/22 campaign.


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