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Under-21s: AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Newport County

Posted: Tue 18 Apr 2017

First half goals guided AFC Bournemouth to a comfortable win over a dogged Newport County side

Two goals just before half time were enough as Bournemouth beat Newport 2-0 in a home league fixture at Canford Arena.

Brennan Camp got the scoring started with a header before Jordan Green claimed a second ahead of half time.

The Cherries dominated the ball throughout but despite a host of efforts were unable to add to their tally after the break.

The first major chance came when Mihai Dobre acrobatically met a cross into the box, his bicycle kick flying over the bar.

Mikael Ndjoli's slick ball across the face of goal couldn't be converted while Green smuggled a shot narrowly wide when taking a through ball into the box.

Ten minutes before the break the Cherries finally turned their domination of possession into a goal; Camp left in too much space from a Kyle Taylor corner to head home.

A second soon followed as Green took advantage of some hesitant defending to control a Nnamdi Ofoborh pass and rifle home.

The second half began and within two minutes Dobre threatened a third, the attacker stabbing wide when a free kick broke to him in the box.

Ndjoli forced the County 'keeper into a low save, with Bournemouth looking to turn the screw on a side whose first team had played 24 hours earlier.

A Dobre firecracker fizzed just past the angle while Ndjoli dragged a 20-yarder wide, Newport continually stubborn defensively.

A magnificent save from the visiting 'keeper kept out Ndjoli's header as into the final minutes County began a rare series of attacks.

Lewis Collins saw a shot deflect wide for the Exiles though Callum Stanton's clean sheet rarely looked in doubt.

Ndjoli continued to hunt for a third late on, but fired over in injury time as he ran onto Keelan O'Connell's pass, the game finishing 2-0 in the home side's favour.

AFC Bournemouth: Stanton, triallist, Diaz, Ofoborh, Camp, McCarthy, O'Connell, Taylor, Ndjoli, Green, Dobre

Substitutes: Kilkenny, Steadman, Seaman, Anthony, Boote