Academy triumph at Cherries

Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Pompey’s Academy enjoyed a 2-1 friendly victory over Bournemouth Youth at New Milton last night.

Billy Tsovolos and Louis Stockford were both on the mark for Andy Awford’s side.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the visitors as keeper Matt Gledhill picked up a nasty cut over his eye and had to be replaced by Cherries sub keeper Chad Collins while he received treatment to the injury.

As play restarted, Bournemouth’s Alex Moss went close to breaking the deadlock before Irishman Carl Walshe wasted a good chance when Alex Grant set him free.

Aussie Ryan Williams and Stockford also went close for Pompey, but it was Tsovolos who found the target after the interval as he muscled his way past the Cherries defence to fire home.

And almost before the celebrations were over, Stockford doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after being tripped in the area.

As Pompey closed in on victory, George Colson came off the subs’ bench to power a shot just over – as did Williams moments later.

But the last word came from Bournemouth as Alex Parsons stepped up to convert a late penalty after a handball in the Pompey penalty box.