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U21s battle back for Stoke draw

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth


AFC Bournemouth came from behind twice to claim a 2-2 Premier League Cup draw with Stoke City and retain their unbeaten start in the competition.

Daniel Jarvis gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half from the spot, though after 30 minutes the Cherries were level thanks to a good Alex Dobre finish.

The evenly-matched sides traded blows in the second half and Stoke took the initiative again when Scott Wara scored with a header, Jaidon Anthony soon winning and then scoring a penalty, the spoils eventually shared at Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries - unusually turned out in their sharp green third shirt for the fixture - had the first major chance of the evening came when a low ball in after 11 minutes found Jake Scrimshaw.

Trying to turn inside the six-yard box, the striker saw his shot blocked and after an ensuing scramble Jordon Ibe's effort when following up was deflected narrowly wide.

Mark Travers foiled a good Stoke counter, stretching his left hand to parry away a Gabriel Kyeremateng shot arrowing towards the top corner at the near post, the same Potter then heading wide a minute later when a good opportunity came his way.

City did take the lead on 23 minutes, Jarvis scoring from the penalty spot after Dinesh Gillela had fouled an opponent in the Cherries area.

It was nearly a second when Julien Ngoy beat the 'keeper but not the post, and the away side were made to rue the missed chance within a minute when Dobre pulled Bournemouth level.

Ibe was the architect, beating a host of players before feeding through for Dobre, the Romanian facing up his marker, darting left and firing low across goal and in at the far post.

In front of 1,109 fans, Stoke almost retook the lead at the end of the half when first Kyeremateng headed down but bounced his effort over, with Tre Pemberton then flashing a half-volley across goal but wide.

Bournemouth started the second period strongly but were almost behind again when Jarvis' shot dribbled wide, while soon Scrimshaw's touch was just off the mark when otherwise he'd have been one-on-one with the 'keeper.

Anthony tried his luck with a shot from just outside the box but it was too central and 'keeper Blondy Nna Noukeu was able to get his body behind the strike.

However, with the game entering its final throes Stoke regained the lead, Wara confidently powering home a header after a ball was put into the box by Cameron McJannett.

Again, the Cherries quickly responded, level through the skill and then nerve of Anthony.

The attacker's brilliant turn sent him into the box and after he was fouled by a defender he took the responsibility himself from 12 yards, confidently rolling the spot kick home to even the scores once more.

Both sides fought until the end for a winner, the final whistle blowing and meaning the Cherries have now won one and drawn one of their opening two Premier League Cup Group E matches.

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