Saydee at the double in Swindon win
Christian Saydee’s stunning double helped AFC Bournemouth record a 4-2 win over EFL Youth Alliance rivals Swindon Town yesterday.
Saydee took his personal goal tally to 13 for the season, while James Oliver and Luke Pardoe were also on target against the Robins at Stanley Park.
Skipper Saydee broke the deadlock with a stunning strike from 30 yards after 15 minutes, his blistering drive finding the top corner.
Jack Wadham went close to doubling the visitors’ lead after Saydee had played him through but the midfielder slipped and lifted his chance over the crossbar.
The Cherries added a second in the 24th minute when Oliver seized on a poor goal-kick from Sam Smith and ran at the Swindon defence from the halfway line.
And after skipping past several challenges, Oliver drilled a low and powerful shot past Smith which evaded the goalkeeper at his left-hand post.
Saydee turned provider for Pardoe to make it 3-0, his shot from the edge of the box giving Smith no chance before the Robins reduced the arrears in the 37th minute.
The Cherries goalkeeper Joe Besant was unable to claim a well-struck free-kick from Toby Holland, allowing Harry Parsons to tap home from six yards.
Swindon went close to further eating into the deficit on the stroke of half-time when an effort from Rhys Wells came crashing back off the crossbar.
Although Anthony Lynn netted to make it 3-2 three minutes after the restart, Saydee showcased another moment of brilliance to quickly restored the Cherries’ two-goal cushion.
The powerful striker fended off two defenders before unleashing a powerful effort that rippled the back of net from 25 yards.
Parsons was gifted an opportunity to bring Swindon back into the game with 20 minutes to go but failed to hit the target with the goal gaping.
Cherries: Besant, Genesini, Greenwood, Wadham (Seddon, 86), Boutin (Roberts, 75), Bertrand, Kurran-Browne (Williams, 62), Gray (Adams, 77), Pardoe, Saydee, Oliver.