U18s beaten by Exiles
The Cherries were overpowered by Newport County as they lost 6-2 on Saturday in the final EFL Youth Alliance match of the season.
In a high-octane first half Newport hit the front but despite being hit twice by the Cherries led 4-2 at the interval.
The second period calmed slightly, though both sides hit the bar, and later the Exiles notched two further goals.
Kicking-off in sunny early-spring conditions, Newport missed a great chance at the near post in the opening moments, soon at the other end defender Brandon Channell in an unfamiliar attacking role and going close with the Cherries’ initial opening.
First the ball fell to the skipper in the area, his prodded effort straight at the ‘keeper Evan Ovendale, then inside a minute Channell headed over the bar.
Newport snatched the lead after a good passing move, worked to the right before squared low and slotted in at the near post by Ryan Hillier.
Baylin Johnson had a shot blocked, the Cherries growing into the half, and Aaron Roberts forced the ‘keeper into a low save with his feet after cutting in from the left.
The hosts had their rewards just past the midway point of the half, Ajani Burchall receiving the ball to feet in the area and passing to Daws who got a shot away, the strike deflecting past the ‘keeper.
However, The Exiles were soon back in front with another well-worked goal, a low centre diverted home from eight yards.
Hillier extended the Newport lead after a Cherries handball in the area. The striker slotted home cleanly from 12 yards into the bottom right-hand corner.
Bournemouth had their own penalty shout for a handball, not given, though did have a chance from the spot after a shove on Channell following a corner.
Adams struck his shot home cleanly to rebuild hopes of a comeback.
Within moments of the Cherries’ lifeline Newport gained a fourth, Lewys Twamley finishing another incisive away attack to draw a frenetic half to a close.
Both sides hit the bar in the opening minutes of the second period, Burchall thudding an effort off the underside of the woodwork after Harrison Bright had stuck the crossbar with a header for the Exiles.
Newport had a fifth when Ethan Morgan paced onto a precise through ball and completed the move confidently,
Adams flashed a 20-yard swerving shot wide, the contest settling down into the final 20 minutes at Canford.
Adams stepped across the perimeter of the box, skipping past men before firing a left-footed effort over the bar.
Substitute Lewis Brown then got back well to thwart Hillier, who was surging through on goal.
The visitors had a sixth though, when Twamley seized on a loose pass and ran through. Billy Terrell saved the midfielder’s first shot but was powerless as the rebound fell back to Twamley who slotted home.
A late Cherries free-kick threatened a consolation goal but Ovendale held on well to the set piece and not long later the final whistle blew.