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Under-18s: Road to Vitality Stadium plotted ahead of Tuesday's cup final

Posted: Sat 18 Mar 2017

Ahead of next Tuesday's Youth Alliance Cup final we plot the under-18 side's run to the showpiece event

The Youth Alliance Cup final kicks off at 7:30pm on Tuesday at Vitality Stadium, and the match is FREE for all fans to come and watch.

The Cherries have come through four rounds over the course of the season with Luton Town now visiting for the final.

Under-18s players Antonio Diaz and Nnamdi Ofoborh talk through the cup run, starting way back in August with a match against Oxford United.

August 16th 2016: AFC Bournemouth 3-2 Oxford United

AD: “We went 1-0 down but with about five minutes to go we scored the winner. Ben Cooper had a shot from 30 yards that hit both posts but came out and our centre-back was there to tap it home. It was a decent result for us, especially coming so late.”

September 10th 2016: AFC Bournemouth 4-1 Southend United

NO: “It was a class performance from us, from the get go we were ready and we ended up winning 4-1. After that we knew we were on a cup run and that meant we wanted to keep going further.”

October 21st 2016: Northampton Town 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

AD: “It was a strange start to the game, we started on their main pitch but then they got an injury and their player couldn’t move his head so we switched to another pitch. 

"Then we scored quickly and saw it out. It was decent because we knew then that we were in the semis and were in with a chance.”

February 4th 2017: Leyton Orient 1-2 AFC Bournemouth

NO: “We knew it would be a tough task, they’d only lost about two games all season. We went into the game confident; we knew what we were doing and what we could do to punish them. 

"We had Antonio Diaz and Gav Kilkenny playing down the left and Orient couldn’t handle it. We ended up out-running them and winning 2-1.”