U21s hit four in Luton friendly
AFC Bournemouth under-21s produced a commanding display at home to Luton in a friendly this afternoon.
Taking place at Canford Arena, two goals from Christian Saydee, as well as strikes from Nnamdi Ofoborh and Nathan Moriah-Welsh sealed the 4-1 win.
Shaun Cooper named a strong starting line-up, with Jordan Zemura, Gavin Kilkenny and Ofoborh all getting minutes. Will Dennis also featured in goal.
The Cherries got off to the best possible start and Ofoborh found the target within the opening minute.
Luke Nippard, who was making his return from a six-week spell on the sidelines, won the ball back on the right and picked out Oforboh superbly, the midfielder taking a touch before curling it into the top corner from 20 yards.
Zemura nearly doubled the lead moments later, the left-back going on a menacing run before trying his luck from outside the area, but the shot went narrowly wide.
However, a second was to come shortly after and it was Moriah-Welsh who stole the headlines. His shot from 30-yards left the Luton ‘keeper unmoved and dipped beautifully into the net.
Christian Saydee then got in on the act for his first of the afternoon, Zemura playing a beautiful ball to the back post for the striker to finish on the volley.
There was still plenty of action to come before the half was out and the Hatters took advantage of some good attacking play with ten minute to go, their striker sending his effort into the top right-hand corner from distance.
Cooper’s side responded well and Kilkenny came closest before the break, but his free-kick was straight at the visiting ‘keeper.
After the interval, Luton began well and almost had one back immediately, their centre-forward unable to connect with a good cut-back from the by-line.
Yet, Zemura continued to cause problems for their defence and won a free-kick in a dangerous position after a darting run through the middle. Ofoborh stepped up, but the wall did its job.
The hosts continued to press and were rewarded for consistent hard work through another Saydee strike.
Brilliant build-up play from Moriah-Welsh saw him release the forward, who converted with an equally as impressive finish.
The striker could’ve had a hat-trick and Cooper’s side started to dominate possession, but Ben Greenwood’s ball from the left couldn’t quite pick him out.
Brooklyn Genesini and substitute Jake Adams then both had turns at testing the ‘keeper, the latter going closest to adding a fifth as the clock ticked down.
There was still one more chance before the full-time whistle, which again fell to Saydee. His effort after a wonderful one-two with Moriah-Welsh forced yet another good save out of the Luton ‘keeper.