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Posted Thu 26 Dec 13 at 16:50 PM

Ritchie double helps Cherries to win

Matt Ritchie scored twice at the start of the second half to ensure the Cherries recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 3-0 victory over Yeovil Town.

Eddie Howe’s team had no fewer than 14 shots on goal in the opening period, while Elliott Ward also had a goal disallowed in injury time as the Glovers counted themselves fortunate to be level at the break.

But Ritchie was the first to the rebound after Ryan Fraser had a shot blocked, thumping the ball past the previously unbeatable Marek Stech to opening the scoring in the 50th minute.

Ritchie then made it two with his fifth goal in six games as he saw his shot deflect off Shane Duffy’s head and into the net.

Eunan O’Kane made certain of all three points with a fantastic solo effort just after the hour mark in front of the Steve Fletcher stand.

The Cherries enjoyed the better of the early stages and only a fine reflex save from Stech prevented Andrew Surman opening the scoring after just seven minutes.

Down the other end, the hosts were indebted to their own goalkeeper as Lee Camp pushed away Ishmael Miller’s powerful strike from a narrow angle.

But Stech was soon producing heroics once again to deny Fraser, who cut in from the left and shot with his right, while Ritchie also saw a header saved.

Lewis Grabban then had the best chance of the first half, rounding Stech before he got back to his feet and cleared the ball.

The Cherries failed to keep up the pressure towards the end of the half, but Ward did all he could to put them in front in the final few minutes before the break.

The centre half cut in from the byline and saw a curling effort go narrowly wide before he put the ball in the net following a knock down from Tommy Elphick, but referee Craig Pawson had already blown the whistle for a foul against Tommy Elphick.

However, the pressure finally told five minutes into the second half when Ritchie thumped the ball home from 12 yards after Fraser had seen his shot blocked.

It was long until it was two, with Ritchie getting the second. Charlie Daniels played in the winger, whose shot deflected off Duffy and into the net.

O’Kane completed the scoring with the Cherries’ third in the space of 15 minutes and his first league goal of the season.

Tokelo Rantie and Marc Pugh were introduced late on as Simon Francis went close to making it four with a dipping half volley.

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels, Arter (MacDonald 60), O'Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban (Rantie 74), Fraser (Pugh 80).

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Addison, Harte, Pitman.

Booked: Arter

Goals: Ritchie (50 & 56), O’Kane (65)

Yeovil Town: Stech, Edwards (Hayter 63), Duffy, Fontaine, McAllister (Davis 63), Dawson, Lundstram (Foley 63), Ralls, Grant, Upson, Miller.

Unused substitutes: Dunn, Moore, Twumasi, Foley, Hoskins.

Booked: Dawson, Lundstram, Upson, Ralls

Attendance: 10,717 (including 1,367 Yeovil Town supporters)

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