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AFC Bournemouth U18s vs Cheltenham Town U18s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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AFC Bournemouth U18s

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Cheltenham Town U18s

FT 7th August 2021 11:00 AM
Canford Arena
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Stalemate to start for U18s

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The under-18s started the season with a 0-0 draw at home to Cheltenham Town, finishing the 90 minutes frustrated after they were unable to break the deadlock.

Daniel Adu-Adjei had a shot saved in the first half at Canford Arena before Michael Dacosta Gonzalez struck over the bar.

Into the second period and Owen Palmer headed just wide while Dacosta Gonzalez twice went close to finding a breakthrough.

The Cherries dominated the game but were unable to break down the stoic Robins backline.

After the match, manager Alan Connell gave his reaction to afcb.co.uk: "No matter how good pre-season goes you always have those extra nerves in the players, especially for these boys with it being the first time a lot of them have played in a competitive league.

"I thought we handled that quite well, dominated the game from start to finish against a very organised Cheltenham team.

"We created chances and encouraged patience. We were a little bit slow with our tempo and our play, looking to inject more speed into our play in the second half which I thought we did.

"As much as we tried to find that moment of quality in the final third it wasn't to be and we went away from the game frustrated that we hadn't scored.

"In saying that we had control of the whole game and limited them to one chance on goal - through our own error. So, defensively I was happy.

"It was a great test for us and now we enter a really difficult week, going to Chelsea on Tuesday in a friendly and then Exeter away on Friday, a game that is traditionally a tough fixture for us.

"It's an exciting week for the players and one we are all relishing."

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