Under-21s defeat Gills in friendly
AFC Bournemouth’s under-21s hosted Gillingham in a friendly at Canford Arena this afternoon.
Two goals apiece from Kyle Taylor and Alex Dobre saw the Cherries emerge 4-1 winners, after Gillingham went ahead early through Dean Parrett.
However, it was the Cherries who had the first real chance of the game, with Taylor cleverly playing in Tyrell Hamilton, but the striker was unable to get a shot away.
Yet, it was the Gills who struck first through Parrett’s well-positioned free kick, the midfielder placing his shot to the right of ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Moment later and the Cherries were on level terms, Taylor grabbing his first of the afternoon with a neat finish from the edge of the box.
Carl Fletcher’s side kept on pressing, with Charlie Seaman providing a good ball into the box for Keelan O’Connell, before Dobre saw his strike ruled out for offside.
Dobre came close again, this time with a shot from range which drifted over the bar, before Nnamdi Ofoborh struck in similar fashion.
It was then Gillingham’s turn to attack, Navid Nasseri trying his luck but failing to trouble Ramsdale.
Nevertheless, the Cherries’ persistence paid off when Dobre was fouled in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. The Romanian coolly stepped up and converted well, with his low spot-kick finding the bottom right-hand corner.
Just before the break, the visitors came close again and it was Parrett who almost had his second of the afternoon, hitting the bar with yet another long-range effort.
Following the interval, both sides exchanged possession, but it was Fletcher’s who looked more likely to bag.
Frank Vincent put a delightful ball through to Hamilton, but the Gillingham defender was able to clear just in time.
But, the Cherries did find an all important third, with Dobre picking the ball up, dribbling through the Gillingham defence and firing home with ease.
A fourth nearly came soon after, Taylor beating the offside trap and trying a clever lob on Gillingham ‘keeper Tom Hadler, but the shot-stopper recovered to keep the score down.
With ten minutes to go, Taylor did indeed strike for a fourth, rounding Hadler superbly to finish into an empty net following Dobre’s pass.
In the dying moments, there was still time for one more chance for Fletcher’s side as Taylor and substitute Gavin Kilkenny played a delighted one-two in the box, but the latter was only able to find the side netting.