Pompey Academy put in a lacklustre performance in a 3-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon this morning.
Returning to Alliance Youth League action after a string of recent postponements because of the weather, the young Blues went behind on 10 minutes, before a poor backpass from Blues defender Harry Medway was seized upon by a goal-hungry strikeforce and keeper Lloyd Thomas had to retrieve the ball from the back of his net for a second time.
Aussie Nick Tarasenko made an immediate impact after entering the fray by pulling a goal back for Pompey.
But an enormous mistake in the heart of the visitors’ defence saw the ball finally end up in the corner of Thomas’ net via a deflection to give Wimbledon a 3-1 lead.
Now with a mid-table position in the league table and title winning aspirations gone, Pompey’s one remaining hope of silverware this season remains in the Alliance League Cup and they travel to meet MK Dons in a rearranged quarter-final tie next weekend.
AFC WIMBLEDON ACADEMY: Greenaway, Favors, Cunnington, Vlietinick, Roberts, Daley, Tarrie, Mitchell-Williams, Basker, Jacquart, Beere. Subs: Buffour, Craig, Hayden, Murray, Obiyo.
POMPEY ACADEMY: Thomas, Medway, Triggs, Awford, Warren, Whatmough, Maloney, Branford, Tarbuck, Kim, Close. Subs: Tarasenko.