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Development Squad

Biggest win caps fine first season in PDL


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth rounded off their first season in the Professional Development League with a 6-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

The Cherries’ biggest win of the season saw them finish a creditable third in Group South following their inaugural campaign with category two academy status.

Alan Connell’s team reached the break leading 6-0 thanks to doubles from Kian Tydeman and Michael Dacosta Gonzalez and goals from Max Kinsey and Dan Adu-Adjei.

And despite fashioning a host of chances after the break, the Cherries were unable to add to their tally as a youthful Crewe team defended well.

Adu-Adjei nodded Lewis Brown’s corner over the crossbar in the first minute before the striker just failed to make contact with Ben Greenwood’s dangerous centre.

Greenwood headed Finn Tonks’ deep cross into the side netting before the Cherries drew first blood through Tydeman after nine minutes.

The frontman turned sharply in the box and rifled a left-foot shot into the back of the net after Dacosta Gonzalez had cushioned Greenwood’s cross into his path.

Dacosta Gonzalez doubled their lead with a stunning individual goal after 12 minutes, the frontman working his way into the 18-yard box and curling a delightful shot past Crewe goalkeeper Mikolaj Lenarcik.

Lenarcik raced off his line to beat Adu-Adjei to a through ball before Cherries goalkeeper Cal McKenna dived to his left to keep out Lucas Sant’s 20-yard volley.

Kinsey added the Cherries’ third goal on 23 minutes, the skipper powering a bullet header into the back of the net after meeting Brown’s corner.

Dominic Sadi, teed up by Dacosta Gonzalez, saw his thunderous 25-yard drive fingertipped over the crossbar by Lenarcik as the Cherries scented more goals.

Sadi showed some great close control which took him into the danger zone and, although he went to ground following a challenge with Will Perry, referee Steven Hughes waved away the Cherries’ penalty claims.

Dacosta Gonzalez made it 4-0 three minutes before the break when his ferocious left-foot strike from the edge of the box gave Lenarcik no chance as it whistled past him and into the back of the net.

And after Sadi had fired narrowly wide, Adu-Adjei was credited with the final touch at the near post, the striker turning Brown’s corner home for a fifth in first-half stoppage time.

There was still time for Connell’s team to make it 6-0, Tydeman arrowing a shot into the bottom corner following good work by Greenwood and Adu-Adjei.

Greenwood and Adu-Adjei both had chances to add the Cherries’ lead at the start of the second half before an effort from Dacosta Gonzalez was deflected for a corner.

Tydeman clipped a shot over the crossbar as the Cherries continued to probe before McKenna saved comfortably from Luca Moore’s far-post header.

A superb move started by Sadi’s nifty footwork ended with Adu-Adjei, who also displayed great skills to turn in the box, rattling the underside of the crossbar midway through the second half.

Sadi, picked out by Toure Williams, tried his luck from the edge of the box, his strike clipping the top of the crossbar after 73 minutes. 

AFC Bournemouth: McKenna, Tonks, Greenwood, Brown (Trialist, 73), Kinsey, Harris (Stuttle, 73), Williams, Sadi (Wadham, 73), Adu-Adjei, Dacosta Gonzalez, Tydeman (Landa, 63). Unused sub: Allan (g/k).

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