Cherries win in topsy-turvy game
AFC Bournemouth’s under-21s were 5-4 winners over Plymouth Argyle in an eventful game at Canford Park Arena.
The Cherries found themselves 3-0 up at the break, before the game took a series of twists and turns leaving it 4-4 with ten minutes to go.
But a late red card for the visitors and a Frank Vincent winner ensured the Cherries were victorious in a thrilling encounter.
Carl Fletcher’s side came up against a vastly experienced Plymouth side with ten first team players starting for the Pilgrims, while Ryan Fraser started for the hosts.
But the Cherries came out of the traps with huge intensity and Mikael Ndjoli gave them the lead after 12 minutes, steaming onto Emerson Hyndman’s pass and chipping goalkeeper Michael Cooper with great composure.
Ndjoli was hugely influential in the Cherries’ second, again racing behind the backline and chipping Cooper, but he hit the post – only for under-18s frontman Jaidon Anthony to be alert to tap in the rebound.
The third goal came shortly after and it was thanks to tenacious work from Vincent, who robbed Nadir Ciftci of the ball and threaded in a ball for Ndjoli who rounded Cooper with great confidence and hammered a low effort from a slight angle into the empty net.
It was a hugely one-sided half but a minute after the interval, Ruben Lameiras played a neat one-two and finished into the bottom corner.
But almost immediately, the Cherries had a fourth goal, when Anthony who has scored in the first half, turned provider. In a small pocket of space he threaded in an inch perfect pass behind the backline to Hyndman who deftly chipped the onrushing ‘keeper with a lovely finish which was made to look easy.
To round off a bizarre opening to the second half, two minutes later Greg Wylde scored for Argyle to make it 4-2.
The Cherries were on the back foot, and were stunned by the Argyle side that played with a completely different intensity to the first half.
In the 57th minute, Alex Fletcher made it 4-3 with a looped header in the area which gave the visitors a real sense that the comeback could be completed.
The Cherries had to dig in but were undone in the 66th minute when Fletcher scored again.
But the home side were able to turn the tide late on, as Jakub Sokolik received a second yellow card with a dreadful challenge on substitute Kyle Taylor.
And that played into the Cherries’ and Vincent’s hands. He was able to shift the ball on the edge of the box, create half a yard and guide the ball into the corner with a great finish.
That rounded off a hugely entertaining game and Fletcher’s men had taken three points against the experienced League One side.