Pompey ease to friendly victory at Farnbrough

A mixture of youth and experience was the key to Pompey easing to a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over Farnborough at the Rushmoor Stadium last night.

Players of the calibre of Richard Hughes and Ibrahima Sonko performed to the levels requested of them, never giving an inch to a dangerous-looking strike force who scored five times against Fareham in the Hampshire Senior Cup a week ago.

Meanwhile, youngster Nadir Ciftci was a delight to watch – particulalry in the second half when joined from the substitutes' bench by 16-year-old Aussie Patrick Antelmi.

By then Pompey were a goal ahead, after Irish lad Carl Walshe expertly tucked away Hughes' defence-splitting through ball.

Having run himself ragged, Walshe was replaced by another Pompey import from Down Under, 17-year-old Ryan Williams, who quickly settled in beside Ciftci and Antelmi to form a highly-charged three-pronged attack.

And as the hosts began to chase shadows, Ciftci cashed in on another superb cross from Hughes to double the advantage with a fine header on 69 minutes.

He then sealed the victory with a third goal from an outrageous long-range effort just before the final whistle that gave home keeper Michael Jordan no chance.

All that Farnbrough could muster in response over the 90 minutes were a couple of tame efforts that keeper Darryl Flahavan dealt with competently.

Although, late on, he was forced to charge across his line to keep out a poor Booth header that would have been a consolation had it found the back of the net.

Now reserve-team boss Guy Whittingham will be tasked with arranging more friendly matches for first-team fringe players who need to be playing regularly.

Meanwhile, Pompey still await clearance from the Australian FA for them to be allowed to play Antelmi and Williams at Academy League level.

Pompey: Darryl Flahavan, Lewis Tallack (46 mins Partrick Antelmi), Ibrahima Sonko, Perry Ryan, Alex Grant (46 mins James Seeley), Peter Gregory, Billy Goddard, Richard Hughes, Ellis Martin, Carl Walshe (56 mins Ryan Williams), Nadir Ciftci.

Subs not used: Matt Gledhill, Billy Tsvolos, Lewis Stockford, Dan Bennett.

Attendance: 374