Pompey cruise through against Moneyfields

Pompey celebrate their opening goal. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Pompey celebrate their opening goal. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Pompey Academy's Leon Maloney scored an equaliser in their match against Forest Green. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Pompey Academy lose after conceding late

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Pompey turned on the style to crush Moneyfields 12-0 in the FA Youth Cup first round clash at Fratton Park last night.

Ben Close fired four goals in the first half as a good crowd of 948 watched on.

Chad Field bagged a brace and Lewis Gill was also on the mark to put the Blues 7-0 up at the interval.

The goals continued to flow in the second period as there was no easing up.

Jack Whatmough, Bradley Tarbuck, substitute Adam May, Harry Medway and Lewis Horsburgh all added their names to the scoresheet.

Pompey coach Paul Hardyman felt his team did exactly what he asked of them and was impressed with the display.

He said: ‘We did the job last night professionally.

‘The gulf was there to be seen and it’s all about us going out and doing the right things.

‘Adam May’s goal was the pick of the bunch, great one-touch, two-touch football.

‘People told us we would win comfortably but we don’t look at it like that.

‘We prepare as though we are playing Manchester United.

‘It was almost the perfect performance.’

Pompey threatened first as Tarbuck swept the ball into the box and Whatmough hit the crossbar with his header.

The opening goal came on 15 minutes when Ben Close fired past Moneys keeper James Elliott, via a deflection.

At the other end, Moneyfields’ Declan Seiden was denied by the offside flag after finding the back of the net.

Gill then cracked a shot high into the net for 2-0.

Pompey added a third goal when Field met a Tarbuck corner to blast the ball home.

Moneys were struggling to stem the blue tidal wave.

Field muscled his way into the box to tuck home his second of the game and make it 4-0.

As the interval approached, Pompey added three quick goals.

Close grabbed his second with a blistering shot, then had time to complete his hat-trick – before grabbing his fourth goal when he met a Horsburgh cross.

Hardyman made a couple of changes at the break.

Jae-Heon Kim and Adam May replaced Gill and Snorre-Nilsen.

The Blues added to their total when Whatmough met a Tarbuck corner to head home for 8-0.

Tarbuck deservedly got his name on the scoresheet, meeting a pass from Horsburgh to stab the ball home.

The firework night spectacular continued as May strode through to rocket home the 10th goal from just inside the penalty area.

Pompey continued to race forward and Whatmough’s downward header fell nicely for Harry Medway to make it 11-0.

Moneys had no answer and Horsburgh had the final word when he took a Medway pass in his stride to strike Pompey’s 12th of the match.

POMPEY: Bass, Haunstrup, Medway, Close, Field, Whatmough, Rwakarambwe, Snorre-Nilsen, Horsburgh, Tarbuck, Gill. Subs: Smart, Raine, Kim, May.

MONEYFIELDS: Elliott, Bowbrick, Kyle, Wiggins, Giddens, Johnson, Thomas, Raine, Cave, Seiden, Kemp. Subs: Pashley, Arnold, Faye, Glen, Turnbull.