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Capital gains as Cherries win the cup


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth lifted the Betway Cup following an entertaining 5-3 victory over hosts West Ham United at the London Stadium today.

Jason Tindall’s team became the fifth recipients of the trophy joining the Hammers (2018), Werder Bremen (2015 and 2017), Juventus (2016) and Athletic Bilbao (2019).

The Cherries raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to well-crafted goals by Arnaut Danjuma and Dominic Solanke inside the opening 17 minutes.

But the Hammers roared back as Jarrod Bowen’s quickfire double towards the end of the first half left the clash all-square at the break.

However, three goals in nine second-half minutes – through Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Jaidon Anthony – turned the tide emphatically in the Cherries’ favour.

Felipe Anderson completed the scoring late on but nothing could take the gloss off an impressive attacking performance from Tindall’s team.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer was named in the Cherries starting line-up having joined the club on trial following his release by Fulham at the end of last season.

And defender Chris Mepham was handed his first taste of pre-season action having sat out the 2-1 defeat by Benfica six days ago.

Archer’s superb clearance and quick thinking created the first scoring opportunity for the visitors inside the third minute.

But after his huge kick had been flicked on by Solanke, Danjuma was unable to find his strike partner with a cut-back, allowing West Ham to clear the danger.

However, there was no reprieve for the Hammers when Danjuma showed his class by drawing first blood with a stunning individual strike in the fifth minute.

The Dutchman left two opponents trailing in his wake with some nifty footwork before embarking on a darting run into the six-yard box.

And after outwitting Angelo Ogbonna, Danjuma clipped a right-foot shot past David Martin from close range to register his second goal of pre-season.

Although West Ham saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages, the Cherries were well organised at the back and protected Archer.

Tindall’s team deservedly doubled their lead through Solanke after 17 minutes following good work between him and Adam Smith.

Solanke’s incisive pass set Smith free down the right wing before he raced into the penalty area to get on the end of his team-mate’s cross, his assured finish giving Martin no chance.

As the Hammers looked for a quick response, a brave block by Mepham prevented Pablo Fornals’s effort from troubling Archer in the 19th minute.

Hammers’ young defender Ben Johnson escaped punishment after hauling down Diego Rico but received a yellow card for scything down Smith in the 24th minute.

And Johnson was then replaced by Ryan Fredericks as David Moyes made the first substitution of the contest after 26 minutes.

Moyes was forced into another change just five minutes later when Manuel Lanzini pulled up injured and he was replaced by Josh Cullen.

Fredericks’s vital interception prevented Danjuma from making it 3-0 after Junior Stanislas had crossed having been found on the right flank by Lewis Cook’s pinpoint pass.

There was more than a hint of offside as the hosts halved the deficit through Bowen six minutes before half-time.

Picked out by Cullen’s pass through the centre, Bowen lifted the ball over the advancing Archer, with Cherries protests falling on deaf ears.

And just two minutes later, Bowen glanced Cullen’s deep cross past Archer to restore parity, with the Cherries defence again looking straight at the linesman to see if he had raised his flag.

As an eventful first half drew to a close, Archer got down smartly to smother Michail Antonio’s effort from a tight angle.

Phil Billing and Dan Gosling replaced Danjuma and Jefferson Lerma at the break before Sebastian Haller blazed a presentable opportunity over the crossbar early in the second period.

Martin appeared to be in some trouble after Solanke had got in behind the Hammers defence but the goalkeeper eventually forced the striker wide and the danger was gone.

Gosling’s effort from just inside the 18-yard box was deflected for a corner with fellow substitute Billing setting up the chance in the 53rd minute.

The Cherries regained the lead in the 58th minute when Gosling’s thunderous drive from the edge of the box fizzed into the top corner.

It came following a passage of play which saw both Solanke and Billing closed down by the West Ham defence having got into goalscoring positions.

Another equally-emphatic strike from captain Smith made it 4-2 to the visitors just four minutes later, his rasping effort from 20 yards squirming under Martin.

Substitute Anthony, on as a 59th-minute replacement for Solanke, beat Martin all ends up with a sublime right-foot shot as the visitors made it three goals in nine second-half minutes.

Former Cherries favourite Marc Pugh, who has been training with the club recently, came on to replace Smith after 64 minutes.

Felipe Anderson came off the bench to head home following a corner in the 84th minute to complete the scoring.

Cherries: Archer, Stacey, Simpson, Mepham (Ofoborh, 59), Rico (Jordan, 77), Smith (Pugh, 64), Stanislas (Zemura, 77), Lerma (Gosling, h-t), L Cook (Kilkenny, 77), Danjuma (Billing, h-t), Solanke (Anthony, 59). Unused sub: Dennis.

Hammers: Martin, Johnson (Fredericks, 26), Ogbonna (Balbuena, 62), Diop, Cresswell, Noble (Wilshere, 62), Fornals (Silva, 82), Bowen (Masuaku, 62) Antonio (Anderson, 62), Lanzini (Cullen, 32), Haller (Snodgrass, 82) Unused sub: Coventry.

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