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AFC Bournemouth U18s vs Plymouth Argyle U18s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth U18s


Plymouth Argyle U18s

FT 21st August 2021 11:00 AM
Canford Arena
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U18s knocked out of cup by Pilgrims

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The under-18s fell at the first hurdle in the Youth Alliance Cup after losing 1-0 to Plymouth Argyle at Canford Arena on Saturday.

In the first half, Michael Dacosta Gonzalez had a good chance when he went through one-on-one with the goalkeeper but was unable to finish.

There were a few further nearly moments which couldn't be turned into an opener for Bournemouth, while Argyle fired a shot wide when well positioned.

The second half was scrappy and the tie looked like it might be going to penalties until the Cherries gave away a free-kick from which the visitors scored their winner.

After the delivery out wide the ball was squeezed home, just 15 minutes remaining on the clock. The home side huffed and puffed for an equaliser but were unable to find one as they bowed out of the competition.

Speaking to afcb.co.uk after the match, Alan Connell offered his thoughts on the performance and what needs to be improved in his side's approach in the future.

"The Youth Alliance Cup is a knockout competition and one we wanted to do well in," He said. "We had a full week's training leading up to the game and that's the first time we've had that in a number of weeks.

"We started on the front foot but within that intensity we lacked composure and struggled to gain control and create any chances because of our poor technical quality.

"That's hugely important as it's one of the things we work on the most, and it's the thing that we've always prided ourselves on.

"To fall well below those standards is disappointing and it's something we all need to reflect on.

"In the second half we again struggled with our passing, we lacked cohesion and ultimately paid the price with the late goal. Credit to Plymouth because they were well organised, worked hard and made life difficult for us.

"It's a reality check for everyone, we fell well below the standards we expect. I now expect a positive reaction in training and in the upcoming games as that level of performance is not going to benefit anyone in the short, medium or long term.

"The boys worked ever so hard but at this club you have to be able to take the ball in tight areas and be able to pass the ball whether you're under pressure or not - and we've got a lot of work to do collectively."

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