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Academy Win At Bristol Rovers

Young Blues enjoy 3-0 victory

4 November 2023

Koby Mottoh
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images
Academy

Academy Win At Bristol Rovers

Young Blues enjoy 3-0 victory

4 November 2023

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Pompey Academy made a return to winning ways with a 3-0 victory at Bristol Rovers in the Youth Alliance League.

They opened the scoring straight from kick-off, with Zac Whitelock collecting Sam Folarin’s pass, rounding the keeper and slotting home.

And the same player doubled the visitors’ advantage later in the half after the ball had ricocheted into his path.

Koby Mottoh (pictured) then wrapped things up in the closing stages, receiving Folarin’s clever pass and finding the bottom corner.

Lead professional development phase coach Sam Hudson said: “It was a pretty convincing performance overall and it helped that we took the lead in the very first minute.

“We made the best start possible and then the rest of the game was as much about battling the conditions than the opposition.

“It wasn’t the kind of environment where you were going to enjoy long spells with the ball and we had pick the right moments to press and know when to sit back and duel.

“But we soon settled into the game and the only chances our opponents created were from the odd individual error from us.

"We made the best start possible and then the rest of the game was as much about battling the conditions than the opposition."

Sam Hudson

“We were creating opportunities at the other end and Zac took another one to give us a nice cushion going into the break.

“In the second half our passing and running showed a bit more forward intent because Bristol Rovers went for it and we wanted to gain some territory and peg them back.

“We probably could have had a few more goals before Koby finished it off because we had a few chances in the final 15 minutes.

“The reaction to the disappointment of Tuesday night at Eastleigh in the FA Youth Cup was pleasing and it shows the levels our lads can reach when they’re firing.

“It was also important that we kept a clean sheet because it’s only the second for us in 12 league and cup matches this season.

“That’s an area where we’ve challenged them because if you’re not conceding then it obviously puts you in a good position to win games.

“It was also pleasing to see so many of our under-16 players performing well, while we brought on Aston Sizer from the under-15s for his debut and it’s nice to see that next wave coming through.”

Pompey: Glover; Quarm (Ayres 79), Bosaka, Buckland (Sizer 88), Mullins; Aston; Mottoh, Staight (Keteku 61); Murray; Folarin, Whitelock (Hurst 72)
Sub not used: Allen


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