Pompey Academy pain as Cherries pick up win

Academy keeper Jack Collins impressed despte the 3-1 defeat Picture: Neil Marshall
Academy keeper Jack Collins impressed despte the 3-1 defeat Picture: Neil Marshall
Brett Huxtable. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey Academy suffered a fifth successive Youth Alliance League south west division defeat as Bournemouth ran out 3-1 winners at Furze Lane today.

The out-of-form hosts paid the price for missed early chances as the Cherries raced into a two-goal lead at the break.

Kaleem Haitham reduced the arrears on the hour mark but the Blues were hit on the counter attack by a ruthless Bournemouth side late on as their losing streak continued.

Pompey made a bright start and could have scored twice within the opening five minutes.

Harvey Bradbury – starting in the lone striker’s role vacated by Liam Sayers’ loan to Dorchester Town – had the first sight of goal, only to be denied by the alert Cherries keeper Callum Stanton.

Moments later Adam May went even closer, crashing an effort against the post.

Having been handed an early reprieve, Bournemouth came back into the game and made the breakthrough on 27 minutes.

Blues keeper Jack Collins was swift off his line to deny Ben Cooper the opener – only for the rebound to fall to Keelan O’Connell on the edge of the box.

Still with plenty to do, the lively winger smashed home a fierce left-footed drive to give the visitors the lead.

It was an advantage doubled just before the break, when Kyle Taylor profited from a defensive error before despatching another clinical strike past Collins.

It should have been 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, when Collins was forced to dive full-length to keep another Taylor strike out of the top corner of his net.

The keeper denied the visitors again when he raced off his line at the start of the second half to foil Matty Worthington.

It was Pompey, however, who struck next, with Haitham handing the Blues hope with a fierce run and strike that flashed into the net from the edge of the box with an hour played.

May then curled a free-kick over the bar as Mikey Harris’ side searched for a leveller.

The game was over, though, when the Cherries countered late on and Sam Surridge volleyed the ball home in style.

Pompey Academy: Collins, Scutt, (Smith, 72), Widdrington, (Casey, 65) Saidy, McDowell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, May, Joseph-Buadi, Bedford, Haitham, Bradbury (Woodward, 62)