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AFC Bournemouth U21s vs Fulham Under 23s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth U21s

, Jake Scrimshaw 37'

Fulham Under 23s

, Sonny Hilton 4' , Timmy Abraham 48'
FT 30th July 2019 11:30 AM
Canford Park Arena

Narrow defeat in Fulham friendly

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth


AFC Bournemouth Under-21s were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Category 1 side Fulham at Canford Park Arena, despite dominating the second-half.

The Cherries fell behind early on but Jake Scrimshaw levelled from the spot eight minutes before the interval.

The visitors then dispatched a penalty of their own before Tyrell Hamilton hit the post and Scrimshaw forced an unbelievable save as the hosts just couldn't find a second equaliser.

Shaun Cooper's men got off to a poor start when, just four minutes in, when Fulham man Sonny Hilton beat the offside trap and finished into the corner.

But the hosts responded well to going behind, with Tyler Cordner and Scrimshaw narrowly missing the target.

But Scrimshaw wasn't to be denied when he was brought down in the box in the 37th minute.

He dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the ball with real power - 'keeper Luca Ashby-Hammond got a touch but the venom in the penalty saw it fly in.

Charlie Seaman then hit the post with a sensational free-kick as the half ended all square.

But four minutes after the restart, Timmy Abraham - brother of Chelsea striker Tammy - went down in the area and despite little contact and Cherries protests, the penalty was given.

Like Scrimshaw, Abraham himself stepped up to convert a central spot-kick to make it 2-1.

From that moment on, it was complete dominance from Cooper's side and a glorious chance was missed four minutes later.

Scrimshaw did so well to get into a ball in behind and round the goalkeeper.

Some Fulham defenders had got back on to the line so Scrimshaw squared the ball to Hamilton, but unfortunately the defenders on the line did enough to put Hamilton off and he struck the post.

With 15 minutes to go, the Cherries really ramped up the pressure, with a goalmouth scramble causing chaos, but some heroic defending from the visitors ensured it somehow remained 2-1.

Striker Scrimshaw, who was lively throughout, almost had a real poacher's effort in the area find the corner, but somehow Ashby-Hammond saved it.

Luke Pardoe then came off the bench and almost hit a late leveller, but again he was thwarted by a superb save when the ball looked destined for the bottom corner.

It was a really good display from the Cherries, but they were unfortunately beaten in the driving rain at Canford Park Arena.

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