Pompey Academy impress but go down to Robins

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A Jack Maloney penalty proved only a consolation as Pompey’s Academy youngsters lost 2-1 to their Swindon counterparts.

After beating a fledgling Hawks side and then earning a confidence-boosting draw at Brighton earlier in the week, Pompey passed the ball far better than their opponents for long periods yesterday.

Better fortune in front of goal would have turned the match in the hosts’ favour at St John’s College’s playing fields, only for Jae Heon Kim to hit the bar and Lewis Horsburgh to miss the target with just the keeper to beat.

The Robins took an early lead with a move fresh from their training ground, lofty defender Aaron Oakley racing up from the back to meet a corner and power home a header at the far post.

Twice, Pompey’s impressive skipper Josh Warren went close with powerful headers before Swindon had a goal from Connor Walden ruled out for offside.

Warren and Jack Whatmough were in fine form in the heart of Pompey’s defence and their distribution of the ball was a feature.

But it was Swindon who doubled their advantage as Lee Marshall got on the end of a cross to beat substitute keeper Claude Da Costa at his far post.

Warren and Bradley Tarbuck then both went close to pulling a goal back before Maloney did, picking himself up after being tripped in the area to bury his spot-kick into the roof of the net.

But time had run out for Pompey to battle back for a draw and they had to settle for a result the young Blues didn’t deserve.

Pompey Academy: O’Hara, Tarensenko, Warren, Whatmough, Medway, Close, Branford, Tarbuck, Maloney, Kim, Horsburgh. Subs used: Trigg, Awford, Da Costa.