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AFC Bournemouth U18s vs Forest Green Rovers U18s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth U18s

, Adu-Adjei 30 , Winterburn 62, 65 , Boutin 80

Forest Green Rovers U18s

FT 6th November 2021 11:00 AM
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U18s put four past Forest Green

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth


An excellent performance saw the under-18s secure a 4-0 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The Cherries led 1-0 at the break through Daniel Adu-Adjei's finish and it became two when Ben Winterburn whipped a beautiful effort into the top corner after the restart.

Winterburn doubled his personal tally with another great strike from distance, building on his goal against Oxford United a week previously.

Noa Boutin wrapped up the scoring with a fourth as he scored from Lewis Brown's cross as the youth team sealed their win in impressive fashion.

After the victory, manager Alan Connell spoke to afcb.co.uk about his side's performance. 

He said: "On a very difficult pitch, the big challenge before kick-off was for us to be ready for whatever the game threw at us.

"We spoke at length the day before the game how long it had been since we'd had a clean sheet. There was a real desire today for us collectively to get that and we hoped our quality would then cause Forest Green problems.

"We started the game well and were on the front foot, we were aggressive to close them down and restricted them to no shots on target through the game.

"There were moments when we had to stop crosses, put blocks in and do the ugly side of the game, which we did well in the first half.

"Daniel missed a good chance when he fired wide but he then showed his attitude when he got another chance ten minutes later when he buried into the bottom corner after a clever pass from Ben Winterburn.

"In the second half we wanted to score that killer second goal and we got that through a wonderful strike from Ben and that settled us down when Forest Green were trying to get back into the game.

"Three minutes later Ben scored again, it was really pleasing for him to score two more today after scoring last week as well.

"We had three under-16s coming on in the second half which was good experience for them, Lewis crossing for Noa to score at the back post.

"It was a mature and professional performance that needed some of that aspects that aren't from the beautiful side of the game. The boys' attitude and how hard they worked was outstanding throughout the game and to get the clean sheet meant everyone was delighted afterwards.

"It was a big challenge passed by the group and another step forwards. The boys' mentality from minute one, the way they worked hard for each other, encouraged each other, never stopped running and looked like they enjoyed the ugly side of the game was pleasing.

"Even on a difficult pitch there were moments of quality and composure that got us out of difficult situations and as the game wore on we created more and more chances and scored some good goals.

"Speaking on individuals, Ben is adding more goals to his game which is very pleasing, there were two great long-range strikes from him in the match.

"Also, Owen Bevan captained the side for the first time in over a month after a little spell out with injury, it was good for him to get 70 minutes under his belt today.

"He's an important player and one we hope has got a very bright future with us.

"I'm delighted overall with everyone today, it keeps us ticking along nicely. We now have an exciting week to look forward to, we host West Brom and then travel to Aston Villa next weekend.

"We have lots of exciting challenges to come and it's important we build on today."

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