Four-midable Academy win through in style

Adam May, far left, opened the scoring in the Blues' 4-0 FA Youth Cup victory at Plymouth last night   Picture: Neil Marshall
Adam May, far left, opened the scoring in the Blues' 4-0 FA Youth Cup victory at Plymouth last night Picture: Neil Marshall
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Pompey Academy comfortably progressed in the FA Youth Cup after defeating Plymouth last night.

Mikey Harris’ side ran out 4-0 winners at Home Park in a match of few scares for the highly-dominant visitors, with Conor Chaplin netting twice.

Adam May opened the scoring when he turned home Calvin Davies’ cross and from that moment the Blues dictated proceedings.

Pompey made sure of the result after the break with two goals in 11 minutes to cap their superiority.

A clever strike from the lively Chaplin made it 2-0, before Chad Field’s header somehow found its way into the net following a corner.

Chaplin sealed the tie in the 87th minute when he pounced to follow-up after substitute Liam Sayers’ shot was parried.

It took the forward’s tally to 15 goals in 13 matches for the Academy this season as he maintains the impressive form which recently earned his professional terms.

Yet it was an impressive all-round team performance from Harris’ youngsters as they booked a place in the second round of the competition and a subsequent trip to either Dartford or Thamesmead.

When the match got underway, on 10 minutes an under-hit backpass from Field gave the lurking Louis Rooney a sniff of goal, but Alex Bass was swiftly off his line to poke the ball out for a throw-in.

Momentarily the Blues keeper was left hobbling having been clattered into by the home striker during the clearance, but the danger had been averted.

And it was Pompey who led on 18 minutes through a clinical finish from May.

A low cross was delivered by Davies from the right and there was the midfielder to smartly turn the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

On 23 minutes, Davies again created space down the right to whip in a superb low cross which Argyle hacked cleared ahead of Lewis Gill’s arrival.

The game entered a lull, yet on 41 minutes Callum Hall broke free to crash a 25-yard shot with the outside of his right boot which flashed just wide.

After the break, Pilgrims striker Jake Miller drove in a shot which forced a low sprawling save from Bass, the striker receiving a knock in the process.

But it was Pompey who doubled their advantage in the 54th minute through a superb goal from Chaplin.

The youngster cut in from the right flank and dribbled the ball across keeper Andrew Hannah before slotting into an empty to make it 2-0.

At the other end, Mason Hughes had a golden opportunity to meet Ryan Lane’s right-wing corner but somehow failed to connect with a close-range header.

The result was made secure on 63 minutes when a corner was headed back into the six-yard box by Field.

Yet it contrived to miss everyone and somehow entered the net without another touch to give the central defender a strange goal.

In the 84th minute, Bass pulled off a fine low stop from Rooney after the lively forward has squeezed into the penalty area for an attempt.

In a final flourish from the hosts, Rooney drove into the side netting having again threatened the Pompey goal.

But it was left for Chaplin to wrap up matters three minutes from time to net after Sayers’ angled drive had been pushed out by keeper Hannah.

Pompey Academy: Bass, Davies, Field, Nilsen, Haunstrup, May, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Rwakarambwe, 75), Granger, Haitham (Joseph-Buadi, 71), Gill (Sayers, 78), Chaplin. Subs not used: George, Saidy.