Goals either side of the interval from Jon Muleba and Brandon Goodship ensured the Cherries took victory over a tough Luton Town side that included a number of senior players.
Stephen Purches’ side created the first meaningful chance of the game as Matt Butcher plucked a half-cleared ball from the sky and drove down the left flank. The midfielder worked his way to the byline and cut back for the onrushing Brandon Goodship, but he was unable to keep his strike down.
It was down the left side that the Cherries continued to cause the hosts trouble. Keelan O’Connell cut in off the flank and fired an effort at goal moments later, but his strike was parried and eventually cleared by the Luton defence.
The hosts fought back and began to take a slight foothold in the fixture. That control was almost converted on the half-an-hour mark when a deep cross from the right found the lurking head of Paul Benson, only for a deflection to divert the ball behind for a corner.
It was, however, AFC Bournemouth that took the lead five minutes later. Butcher clipped a 25-yard free kick towards the back post which was headed back across goal and into the path of Muleba. The midfielder then tucked home from close range to ensure the Cherries took a lead into the break.
AFC Bournemouth soon doubled their lead after the restart. Goodship pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area before taking a touch in and firing a sublime finish into the top left corner and past the stranded Liam Gooch.
From this point in the Cherries looked in complete control. Shepherded by Jack Simpson at the back and Butcher in the middle, they continued to keep Luton at bay.
The hosts were not about to rollover, however. Long distance strikes from Isaac Galliford and Alex Atkinson ensured that Marius Adamonis was kept on his toes, but the Cherries ‘keeper was equal to both efforts.
O’Connell then made way in the final moments for Sol Ayunga, as the Cherries held on to claim victory.
Cherries: Adamonis, Lee (c), Harfield, McCarthy, Jordan, Simpson, Muleba, Worthington, Goodship, Butcher, O’Connell.