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Posted Sat 02 May 15 at 14:05 PM

Charlton Athletic 0-3 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League as champions in style with a 3-0 victory at Charlton Athletic.

It would have required an almost incomprehensible set of final day results to deny the Cherries promotion, but even the fears of the most pessimistic supporters were eased after 12 minutes.

Eddie Howe’s team were two goals up at that stage thanks to Matt Ritchie and Harry Arter.

Ritchie opened the scoring with an inch perfect effort before Arter scored on his return to The Valley with an opportunistic finish.

The Cherries had further chances in the first half and could have added a third through Callum Wilson or Simon Francis, who both went close.

But it was left to Ritchie to score the final goal of an incredible season for the champions as he added another to make it 3-0 in the last ten minutes.

Full-back Francis was available to feature against his former club following suspension and went straight back into the starting line-up at the expense of Adam Smith. Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was also included on the bench, with Lee Camp missing due to a minor injury.

Yann Kermorgant was central to the Cherries’ early attacks and set up Ritchie for the opener in the tenth minute.

With his back to goal, he laid the ball off to the winger, who guided it in off the post for his 14th of the season.

It was 2-0 just two minutes later as another former Addick in Arter added to the hosts’ misery as he capitalised on an error and doubled the lead with an emphatic finish.

The Cherries were in top form and it took two brave blocks from Roger Johnson to prevent Wilson improving his tally of 23 when he looked certain to add a third.

The resultant corner from the top scorer’s second effort fell to Francis 30 yards and he moved forward before guiding a low shot wide.

In the second half it was the woodwork which denied Ritchie after he lifted the ball over his marker and then former Cherries loanee Stephen Henderson between the sticks.

It was then Charlie Daniels' turn to get forward and narrowly miss the target, volleying just wide with 20 minutes to play.

But Ritchie had the final word, converting from close range as news filtered through that Watford had drawn with Sheffield Wednesday to hand the Cherries the title.

Charlton Athletic: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Johnson, Ben Haim, Gudmundsson, Diarra (Gomez 69), Buyens, Bulot (Eagles 69), Vetokele (Church 39), Watt.

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Bikey-Amougou, Wiggins, Lennon.

Booked: Jonhson, Diarra

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter (Gosling 61), Pugh (Smith 68), Kermorgant (Jones 82), Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Ward, Fraser, Pitman.

Goals: Ritchie (10, 85), Arter (12)

Attendance: 21,280

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