U21s defeated away at Stoke
AFC Bournemouth’s under-21s suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Stoke in the Premier League Cup this afternoon.
Andre Godfrinne bagged the winner for the hosts with 53 minutes gone, while Tyler Cordner was shown red a little over ten minutes later after bringing down the goalscorer when one-on-one with Will Dennis.
Shaun Cooper’s side, who had already topped the group and qualified for the knockout stages prior to kick-off, included under-18s forward Luke Pardoe, with four youth team players also featuring on the bench.
Stoke started strongly and almost took the lead inside the opening minute, Mohamed Sankoh thumping his shot against the post from inside the box.
Up the other end of the pitch, the Cherries broke away and Pardoe looked to be brought down by Ryan Corrigan, but the referee remained unmoved and nothing was given.
The visitors kept pushing and moments later were through on goal again, Ryan Glover latching onto a superb through ball from Luke Nippard, only to see the flag raised for offside.
Stoke looked to then make their mark, as Kieron Coates sent in a searching ball for Godfrinne, but it was met by the head of Sam Sherring, who averted the danger.
Wade Elliot’s side continued to threaten with Scott Wara testing Dennis from range, before Sankoh did find the corner after a shot on the turn, but the linesman’s flag was up on the far side and the goal ruled out.
In the final action of the half, the Cherries had a great chance to break the deadlock, as Jordan Zemura was played in down the left by Kyle Taylor. The defender took a touch, lifted his head and found Glover surging into the box, but he could only direct his effort over.
The Potters came out firing at the start of the second half and were rewarded for their efforts eight minutes in. Sankoh found himself racing into the box and squared for Godfrinne on the penalty spot, the striker making no mistake and converting from close range.
The south coast outfit searched for an immediate response and nearly had it through Glover, who looked to make the most of a failed clearance at the back, but his shot was saved comfortably by Nathan Broome in goal.
With the Cherries pushing forward, it left opportunities for Stok at the back and Godfrinne beat the offside trap two minutes later and found himself brought down from behind by Cordner having only had the ‘keeper to beat. The referee pulled out a red from his back pocket and the defender was dismissed.
A flurry of chances presented themselves for the hosts, with Adam Porter hitting his long-range effort against the woodwork and Sankoh dragging his shot wide.
Sherring then had a great chance to equalise in the dying stages, but couldn’t direct his header from Taylor’s corner on target.
Despite the defeat, Cooper’s side have still topped the group but are yet discover their opponents in the knockout stages.