Five-star Pompey crush City to make progress

114305-565_FA_YOUTH_CUP_SR_7/12/11'Pompey Academy vs Bristol City Academy at Fratton Park in the FA Youth Cup.'Josh Warren celebrates scoring the opening goal for Pompey.''Picture:Steve Reid 114305-565
114305-565_FA_YOUTH_CUP_SR_7/12/11'Pompey Academy vs Bristol City Academy at Fratton Park in the FA Youth Cup.'Josh Warren celebrates scoring the opening goal for Pompey.''Picture:Steve Reid 114305-565
Conor Chaplin in action against Peterborough. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY ACADEMY powered into the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 5-1 smashing of Bristol City at Fratton Park last night.

Ashley Harris scored twice and Josh Warren, George Colson and Jack Maloney were also on the mark.

Andy Awford’s Blues started strongly, roared on by a packed south stand, including Pompey manager Michael Appleton.

Ryan Williams tested Robins keeper Matt Sandiford who gathered and Harris created an opening for Maloney but he was also denied by Sandiford.

Pompey skipper Sam Magri was next to try his luck, only to see his header flash over the top.

The first goal finally arrived when Warren stooped to meet a cross by Alex Grant with a fine header.

Jed Wallace was a constance menace to the City rearguard and, after a fine run, he teed up George Colson who headed wide.

Williams then shot the wrong side of the post, from a glorious position, but, just before the interval, Maloney rifled home a superb strike to give Pompey the second goal they deserved.

After the break, the visitors shook Pompey with a strike back.

Lewis Hall met a cross at the far post to slam home.

Pompey responded and Colson rose well to head high into the net, from a Harris cross.

On 80 minutes, Pompey missed a chance to go 4-1 up.

Magri saw his penalty superbly saved by Sandiford after Maloney was felled.

But no matter, Williams cut through and crossed for Harris to head home the fourth goal at the far post.

Even then, there was time for Pompey to add a fifth.

Elliott Wheeler set up Harris to guide the ball into an empty net and round off a superb night for Awford’s talented team.

Pompey academy: Gledhill; Wheeler, Butler, Magri, Warren, Grant, Williams, Colson, Harris, Wallace, Maloney. Subs: Triggs, Higgins, Branford, Antelmi, Horsburgh.

Bristol City academy: Sandiford; Wright, Kapika, Sims, Abbott, Batten, Burns, Medjedoub, Hall, Horgan, Gordon. Subs: Rigg, Baird, John, Gooden, Douglas.