U21s win Central League Cup
- Ruebyn Ricardo
Shaun Cooper's side beat Notts County Under-21s 2-0 to win the Central League Cup at Meadow Lane.
A confident, classy Bournemouth performance took Shaun Cooper's Under-21s to Central League Cup success on a wet afternoon in Nottingham.
Tyrell Hamilton put the away side ahead on the 34th minute, cushioning the ball into an empty net following good attacking play from Jaidon Anthony.
Hamilton netted again early in the second half to give Bournemouth an important cushion, as they went on to see out the second half and get their hands on some silverware.
The Cherries had one or two tidy passages of play early on, finding joy with Tom Dinsmore switching the ball from left to right to Brooklyn Genesini, and Nnamdi Ofoborh providing the same service down the opposite flank for Jordan Zemura.
Bournemouth's first shot of the game came by way of Kyle Taylor, volleying high and wide from a Gavin Kilkenny cross, as the visitors grew into the match midway through the first half.
Meanwhile, Notts County looked to break with balls over the top to Remaye Campbell, but Shaun Hobson handled the aerial battle well.
Anthony was the first to look dangerous in front of goal, cutting inside from the left wing on the 29th minute and curling a vicious strike just over the top right corner.
Shaun Brisley went close for the home side, heading a corner kick just over the bar and onto the roof of the net with Mark Travers beaten.
But it was Bournemouth who broke the deadlock, Anthony showing good footwork on the left of the 18-yard box and managing to get a shot away. Max Culverwell got down low but could only parry the ball into the path of Hamilton, for whom the chance was impossible to miss. The number nine stroked the ball into an empty net for 1-0.
In a first half of relatively few chances, it was Hamilton's gift of a goal that sent the away side into the half-time break with the lead.
Cooper's side came flying out the traps in the second half, Taylor threading Hamilton through on goal. The latter had plenty to do, but took the ball round the 'keeper and shot beyond two County defenders. The ball trickled over the line for 2-0.
Travers was immediately called into action at the other end, diving acrobatically to his left to save a powerful strike from Kion Etete.
In a lively opening to the second period, Ofoborh was inches away from putting the result beyond any doubt when he curled wide from distance after Kilkenny had played the ball inside via the clever dummy of Anthony.
The Cherries got away with a lapse in concentration defensively when a Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain cross was pushed along the corridor of uncertainty by Travers, but Hobson was on hand to clear the danger.
Kilkenny stung the fingertips of Culverwell in Bournemouth's final chance of the game, as Notts County struggled to really threaten Bournemouth's back-line. Hamilton made way for Luke Pardoe in stoppage time as Cooper saw his squad show good maturity to see out the result and win the Central League Cup.
AFC Bournemouth: Travers, Genesini, Hobson, Camp, Zemura, Kilkenny, Ofoborh, Dinsmore, Anthony, Taylor, Hamilton (Pardoe '90) Unused subs: Plain, Hanfrey, Cope, Ibsen Rossi