Professional display secures semi-final spot
AFC Bournemouth under-21s secured passage to the semi-final of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a professional 2-0 win over Conference Premier side Eastleigh.
A pair of good finishes separated the sides as Kyle Taylor and Keelan O'Connell both netted to secure the victory - with Brad Smith also completing 90 minutes.
The Cherries started brightly and had a number of good opportunities, but the first save was made by Mark Travers - keeping out a Spitfires header from a set play.
But a clever set play handed the visitors the advantage three minutes before the break, with Taylor picking the ball up in the area, before expertly deceiving the defender and goalkeeper by curling a low effort in at the near post.
That lovely finish rounded off the first half, with the Cherries beginning the second with a real purpose to get the second.
Much to Carl Fletcher's delight, the second goal came after the hour mark and killed the game.
Mikael Ndjoli robbed the ball from an Eastleigh defender and fed O'Connell in the area, he was at a slight angle but a precise finish with his left foot nestled perfectly into the bottom right corner.
The winger's strike was enough to kill the game and in an uneventful final 25 minutes, the Cherries completed a professional job to make their way into the semi-finals of the Hampshire Senior Cup.