Cherries in narrow Swindon defeat
AFC Bournemouth under-21s were defeated by Swindon Town in a narrow 3-2 reverse at Canford Park Arena.
A Mikael Ndjoli strike, after just ten seconds, and a Jordan Lee screamer weren't enough for Carl Fletcher's side against the Robins, who were watched by their new manager Phil Brown on the south coast.
Much like the first team on Sunday, the under-21s got off to a ferocious start, but had the opening goal almost immediately from kick off.
Ndjoli picked the ball up 25-yards out and hit a sumptuous strike which glided perfectly into the corner past the 'keeper who was at full stretch.
Despite a start full of attacking endeavour, the visitors were level after 13 minutes as their striker found space just inside the area and scored a brilliant lob over Calum Ward.
Frank Vincent went close to scoring with a low drive, but the Robins completed the turn around when their striker was able to poach a loose ball in the area before the half hour mark.
Mikael Ndjoli then forced a brilliant save from the Swindon stopper, before Corey Jordan had to be replaced by Nnamdi Ofoborh.
And the visitors had their third three minutes before the break when the visitors' striker was put through and scored in the area.
A positive start to the second-half was needed for the Cherries, and they delivered four minutes into the second period.
Jordan Lee picked the ball up on the left, drove inside to a position 20-yards out and hit a venemous strike which gave the 'keeper no chance, whistling into the net.
Gavin Kilkenny could have secured a great comeback when his brilliant turn fooled three defenders and he raced in on goal, but the Swindon stopper was able to thwart his effort.
It was the crossbar that denied the young Cherries next, when subsitute Jaidon Anthony's superb free-kick looked destined for the net from 20-yards but it hit the bar and went to safety.
After a period of great pressure, Fletcher's men just couldn't find the breakthrough to secure a share of the spoils. Their next fixture is a long Friday night trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup last 32.