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Disability Teams in Weekend Action

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AFC Bournemouth’s Ability Counts under-12 and under-16 teams recently got their seasons underway, with their first round of fixtures at Toynbee School.

The Powerchair South East team were also in action, as they played their next two league fixtures. 

Under-12s 

A total of three teams represented AFC Bournemouth in Sunday’s fixtures and many players made their club debuts including Hayden, Jude and Eric.

The Reds started their day with the toughest fixture, where they played Hamble. Both teams were excellent in attack and defended well throughout, which saw the game end 0-0.

The next game saw them play Eastleigh which, despite some excellent defending from the AFC Bournemouth players, they couldn’t deny the opposition and the game ended 3-0 in their favour.

Lastly, the team faced Fawley Falcons in another tight game, where the Reds were able to take and maintain the lead with an unfortunate own goal to see them pick up their first points of the season.

Meanwhile the Blacks were defeated in both of their competitive fixtures, losing out to Fawley Falcons and Hamble Youth.

Despite going behind early on against Fawley, Ryan scored his first goal of the season to ensure it was level at the break, however the second half saw the opposition score another three goals to win 4-1.

In the second game against Hamble, both Cayden and Ryan were denied by the post and, despite some excellent defending at the other end by both Ella and Hayden, the team were beaten 1-0.

Beaten in their fixtures on Sunday, the Cherries team worked hard throughout and played some excellent football too.

In their first game against Hamble, our goalkeeper was beaten twice in the opening stages of the game to see the opposition leading 2-0. However, debutants Eric and Jude scored their first goals in the second half to level the game up, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as two late Hamble goals were scored and the side lost 4-2.

Playing Fawley Falcons next, Laurence and Eric worked hard in defence and Alex made some excellent saves. However, it wasn’t enough as Fawley won the game 5-0. 

The last game of the day, the Cherries were determined to get back to playing some good attacking football and, despite conceding a couple of early goals, some good play through the midfield saw Jude played in and he went through to score. 

Under-16s 

The Reds’ first game ended in a draw as Alfie’s goal was cancelled out by their Fawley opposition.

Their second game saw them play Hamble and in total eight goals were scored. The game ended 5-3 in favour to AFC Bournemouth, with Brendan and Mason both scoring twice, and Josiah netting once.

The Blacks got their league campaign off to a convincing start, with an unbeaten first day. Their opening result was a convincing 5-0 win over Eastleigh, where they played some top-quality football, with Brad and Ethan both scoring twice, and Grant scoring once.

In their second fixture, the AFC Bournemouth side played Fawley Falcons, where they won 3-0, before the final game of the day was won with a single goal by debutant Joe. 

Powerchair 

After picking up three points in the first round of fixtures just weeks ago, the powerchair team were back in action this weekend.

The first fixture of the day saw the Cherries play Sevenoaks and narrowly miss out on the points as the opposition scored twice.

From the start, Sevenoaks were applying lots of pressure on the AFC Bournemouth goal and after ten minutes they were rewarded for their efforts as they took the lead.

Despite having opportunities to level the score, the Cherries’ players couldn’t convert their chances, and it wasn’t long before Sevenoaks doubled their lead and won the game.

The second game of the day saw AFC Bournemouth pitched against last year’s third place finishers, Muscle Warriors.

Similar to their first game, the Bournemouth side did not make a good start, which forced goalkeeper Sophie Pritchett into making some excellent saves.

The Cherries were rewarded for their hard work in the opening stages as Mathew Adams finished off a lovely team move to ensure the score-line was level at half time.

AFC Bournemouth found themselves trailing again shortly after the break, as a Muscle Warriors player scored from close range, but the Dorset outfit were soon back level after Adams netted for a second time.  

The winning goal was scored with just two minutes remaining, as Ryan netted for the Cherries to win the game 3-2.

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