Dobre double helps U21s to Oxford victory
Alex Dobre’s finely-taken double helped AFC Bournemouth under-21s record a 4-1 victory over their Oxford United counterparts in a friendly today.
Tom Dinsmore’s stunning 30-yarder and a late strike from Jake Scrimshaw saw Shaun Cooper’s team run out convincing winners at The Oxford United Sports Ground.
Dobre opened the scoring with a fine finish after the ball had fallen for him following a driving run from deep by Ryan Glover.
The Romanian winger beat Oxford goalkeeper Max Harris from a tight angle, squeezing his shot inside the post in the seventh minute.
Glover then blazed a presentable chance high over the crossbar after being picked out by the impressive Zeno Ibsen Rossi’s crossfield pass.
Dinesh Gillela’s dangerous cross was cleared for a corner which Gavin Kilkenny delivered into the near post where Tyrell Hamilton slid in and saw his effort hacked away.
The Cherries went close to doubling their lead in the 32nd minute when Glover’s piledriver from 20 yards came crashing back off the upright.
But there was no reprieve for the hosts when Dinsmore let fly from 30 yards, his rocket giving Harris no chance as it whistled into the top corner.
Will Dennis was rarely tested in the first half, the Cherries goalkeeper racing off his line to clear a weak backpass and making a routine save to keep out Fabio Sole’s tame shot.
However, the shot-stopper's foul on Kyran Lofthouse gave Owen James the opportunity to reduce the arrears from the spot, the winger making no mistake as he sent Dennis the wrong way to make it 2-1 in the 47th minute.
However, the Cherries restored their two-goal cushion when Dobre finished emphatically after Scrimshaw had teed him up in the 52nd minute.
Dobre headed into the side netting after being picked out by Glover’s cross before Scrimshaw’s cut-back was cleared off the line.
Dennis smothered a shot from Lofthouse before Leon Chambers-Parillon lifted his effort over the crossbar when well placed.
Glover felt the full force of a heavy challenge from Sole, the Oxford midfielder earning a booking for the tackle while the Cherries player had to be helped off the pitch.
Scrimshaw finally got the goal his efforts had deserved, the striker applying a typically clinical finish past Harris after being played in by Luke Nippard.
Cherries: Dennis, Gillela, Camp, Ibsen Rossi, Hanfrey, Glover (Pardoe, 84), Dinsmore (Nippard, h-t), Kilkenny, Dobre, Scrimshaw, Hamilton (Kurran-Browne, 76). Unused subs: Zemura, Besant (g/k).