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AFC Bournemouth U21s vs Wolves under-21s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth U21s

, Taylor , Pugh , Mousset , B Smith , Anthony

Wolves under-21s

, Goncalves
FT 26th February 2018 7:00 PM
Vitality Stadium

Big Cherries win confirms PL Cup progress

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth


Big Cherries win over Wolves confirms the side's place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup.

Four goals were scored before half time at a cold Vitality Stadium, the Cherries comfortably successful in their must-win objective.

Norwich City's 1-0 win over Bury earlier in the day meant Bournemouth knew they had to win the game, but that any winning scoreline would send them into the knockout stages. 

The Cherries named a strong starting line-up with plenty of Premier League experience and that quickly told as the home side took the lead within three minutes.

Marc Pugh's left-wing surge saw the ball played back to Jordon Ibe and after his shot was palmed back into the danger zone by Wove 'keeper Harry Burgoyne Kyle Taylor was o hand to prod the ball over the line from close in.

Pugh soon went close himself and then a couple of minutes later his ball was very nearly converted at the back post by a lunging Jack Simpson - remaining forwards following a corner.

The two deadly wingers combined again when Ibe's devastating skill set him free to the byline, the former squared and Pugh was able to slam home from eight yards.

Three minutes later in the 27th minute Taylor's pass through to Lys Mousset allowed the French striker to confidently step inside and bury low at the near post.

Wolves soon had their first attack of note, striker Rafa Mir in space in the box and shooting across goal, Cherries 'keeper Mark Travers repelling the effort with a strong wrist. 

Harry Arter came close to adding a fourth as he struck goalwards from 25 yards, the effort beat Burgoyne only to rattle back off the face of the crossbar.

Brad Smith did make the score 4-0 three minutes before the break as Taylor's backheel set the left-back in on goal an after his attempted cross bounced back to him he finished right-footed.

Into the second period, and an even opening soon gave way to further Cherries pressure, Mousset swerving in a volley from range that passed only narrowly wide of the post.

A more promising Wolves break saw substitute Benny Ashley-Seal centre for Pedro Goncalves, the first time shot was strong but it was well saved by Travers, while Jordan Graham soon swirled a visiting effort narrowly over.

Graham was played through by Ashley-Seal but his tame effort was comfortably saved and held low by Travers.

Pugh hit the crossbar with a brilliant strike before Wolves registered on the break in the 84th minute.

Oscar Burr burst forwards from right-back and cut inside to play square for Goncalves to blast home via the underside of the bar.

Substitute Jaidon Anthony restored the four-goal gap as he calmly stepped inside and finished in the closing stages, the evening coming to an end with a resounding scoreline in the hosts' favour. 



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