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Academy Ease To Victory Over Newport

Young Blues finish third in Youth Alliance League

12 February 2023

Sam Folarin
Photo: Jason Brown
Academy

Academy Ease To Victory Over Newport

Young Blues finish third in Youth Alliance League

12 February 2023

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Pompey Academy finished their Youth Alliance League campaign with a 5-2 victory over Newport at Copnor Road.

The result meant they secured third position in the table and will now compete in the top section of the Merit League during the remainder of the season.

Jack Fox converted a set-piece in the opening minute and then did the same again shortly after the visitors had levelled.

Elliott Simpson and Sam Folarin (pictured) extended the Blues’ lead and although County replied, Jamie Howell struck to wrap up a comprehensive win.

Assistant professional development phase coach Sam Hudson said: “There were a lot of goals, but unlike last week, we came out on the right side of the result this time.

“We scored two from set-pieces early on – the first arriving just a few seconds after kick-off – to give us a good platform.

“I thought we looked a lot better in the duels and our 1v1 defending was positive throughout, which is something we had worked on.

“We also conceded twice from set-pieces and that was the main disappointment, but scoring five times, hitting the crossbar and creating other opportunities meant it was pleasing overall.

"Newport changed their system a couple of times during the game and it was pleasing that we recognised that and were able to exploit spaces."

Sam Hudson

“It was a new formation for us. We switched to a 4-3-3 to try to tie in with the changes at first team level and hadn’t spent loads of time working on that this season.

“But there was lots of success building around Newport’s back five and using our full-back and winger pairings.

“Harvey Laidlaw’s crossing ability gave them real problems in the first half and proved really impactful in the game.

“We had challenged the boys to problem solve and not always really on external support from the coaching staff. We wanted it to be player-led.

“Newport changed their system a couple of times during the game and it was pleasing that we recognised that and were able to exploit spaces.

“We’ve finished third, which isn’t too bad, although it was disappointing that we couldn’t be competing for the title at the end.

“But there have been some positive performances and now we’ll look forward to experiencing some different challenges in the Merit League.”

Pompey: Smith; Bosaka, Dockerill, Fox, Laidlaw; Aston, Simpson (Murray 70), Payce; Kamavuako (Mottoh 64), Folarin (Hurst 82), Howell (Ojo 82)


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