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Posted Sat 19 Sep 15 at 20:42 PM

AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland

AFC Bournemouth secured their first Barclays Premier League home win of the season with a convincing 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for Eddie Howe’s men before Matt Ritchie rifled home a volley to secure a 2-0 lead after just ten minutes.

Sunderland threatened to get back into the game just after half-time, but Jeremain Lens’ header was ruled out for offside and the men in red and black took all three points.

The Cherries started brightly and they took the lead after just four minutes through Wilson. Dan Gosling found the top-scorer free on the edge of the penalty area before Wilson spun his man and thumped the ball past Costel Pantilimon. 

Only a couple of moments later the lead was doubled. Ritchie controlled a loose ball with his chest before striking a 30-yard volley past the helpless Pantilimon to send Vitality Stadium into raptures.

At 2-0 the Cherries looked in complete control of the fixture and Lee Tomlin come close to further extending the advantage with a couple of half-chances. 

Sunderland almost pulled one back with five minutes of the first half remaining. Jermain Defoe snuck through one-on-one with Artur Boruc, but the Poland international did well to deny the former Cherries man from close range.

Defoe was looking dangerous and soon had another chance to give Sunderland a lifeline before the break. A deep cross found the head of the diminutive striker, but he was unable to steer his effort inside Boruc’s post. 

The visitors continued to threaten after the interval. A dangerous corner was headed in by Lens, but the summer signing was adjudged to have strayed offside. 

Eunan O’Kane then replaced Tomlin, and he made an instant impact. The Irishman played in Wilson, who was then chopped down by Younes Kaboul, earning the Sunderland captain his second yellow card and subsequent marching orders.

With just five minutes to play the Cherries almost made it three. Ritchie’s cross from the right was met by Marc Pugh whose effort bounced off the crossbar before the visitors managed to scramble the ball clear.

In the closing moments Ritchie received a standing ovation from Vitality Stadium as he made way for substitute Adam Smith.

Fellow substitute Glenn Murray then came close in the dying moments of the game, but his effort was punched away by Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Daniels, Wilson (Murray, 75), Tomlin (O’Kane, 65), Distin, Ritchie (Smith, 89).
Not used: Federici, Kermorgant, Stanislas, Bennett
Attendance: 11,271 (1,368 Sunderland)

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