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Luton Town vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


Luton Town

, Jordan Clark ‘73' , Carlton Morris ‘90'

AFC Bournemouth

, Marcus Tavernier ‘52'
FT 6th April 2024 3:00 PM
Kenilworth Road

Morris strikes late for Hatters

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Andy Madley

Carlton Morris bagged a last-gasp winner for Luton Town as the Hatters ended AFC Bournemouth’s five-match unbeaten run following a 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road.

Marcus Tavernier drew first blood for the Cherries with a finely-taken goal seven minutes into the second half.

But the Hatters levelled through Jordan Clark in the 73rd minute before Morris had the final say in the 90th minute.

Despite enjoying plenty of possession during the early stages, the Hatters conceded the first presentable opportunity after 11 minutes when Ross Barkley was penalised for a foul on Ryan Christie.

And after Tavernier had stepped up to take the free-kick, his curling effort from 25 yards came back off the angle of post and crossbar.

Justin Kluivert then fastened on to a pass from Dominic Solanke before firing narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

A swift counter-attack started by Antoine Semenyo following a Luton corner ended with Kluivert clipping his shot inches over the top.

The hosts fashioned their first noteworthy attempt on 19 minutes when Tahith Chong turned sharply just inside the 18-yard box and drove his effort over the crossbar.

Tavernier’s inswinging 25th-minute corner led to a frantic goalmouth scramble with Hatters goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski forced to parry Solanke’s header.

Issa Kaboré’s crucial interception prevented Semenyo from connecting with Tavernier’s cutback, the Manchester City loanee repeating the feat after Solanke had crossed minutes later.

Chong blazed high over the crossbar after Alfie Doughty’s corner had fallen for him on the edge of the box before Barkley’s long-range drive cannoned into the arms of Neto. 

Carlton Morris burst through at the start of the second half, the striker’s effort from a tight angle beaten away at his near post by Neto.

The Cherries goalkeeper snaffled Barkley’s speculative strike from distance before the Brazilian distinguishing himself with a top-drawer save to keep out Morris’s low drive.

Kluivert, unfortunate to see his header hacked away, provided the assist for Tavernier to make the breakthrough seven minutes after the restart.

His pass teed up Tavernier who unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot into the back of the net from around 20 yards to register his fourth goal of the season and third in the Premier League.

As the hosts went in search of a quickfire response, Neto clutched Barkley’s piledriver, the Luton midfielder then seeing another effort flash past the post.

Goalscorer Tavernier was forced off by injury just six minutes after drawing first blood, the winger replaced by Dango Ouattara.

Morris wriggled free inside the box and saw his left-foot shot strike the base of the post with Adam Smith blocking bravely after Jordan Clark had taken aim having seized on the rebound.

Neto got down smartly to smother Doughty’s first-time effort before play quickly switched to the opposite end and Kluivert’s rasping drive just cleared the crossbar. 

The Hatters levelled on 73 minutes when Clark’s persistence paid off, the midfielder finishing with accuracy into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

A combination of Kaboré and Kaminski foiled Solanke after he had raced into the Luton box in the closing stages.

Morris put the Hatters ahead in the final minute when he arrived inside the six-yard box to put the finishing touches to Cauley Woodrow’s delicate cross.

Luton Town: Kaminski, Hashioka (Berry, 62), Mengi, Kaboré, Chong (Woodrow, 80), Barkley, Burke, Doughty, Townsend (Onyedinma, 62), Clark, Morris.

Unused subs: Shea (g/k), Krul (g/k), Mpanzu, Johnson, Nelson, Piesold.

AFC Bournemouth: Neto, Kerkez (Senesi, 87), Cook (Scott, 87), Kelly, Solanke, Christie, Smith, Tavernier (Tavernier, 59), Kluivert (Billing, 68), Semenyo (Ünal, 69), Zabarnyi.

Unused subs: Travers (g/k), Faivre, Hill, Aarons.

Referee: Andrew Madley.

Attendance: 11,779.

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