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Memorable FA Youth Cup run ended by Spurs


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AFC Bournemouth’s FA Youth Cup run was ended by Premier League 2 leaders Tottenham Hotspur at AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday.

The Cherries, in their first season with category two academy status, set up a date with Spurs after recording a memorable 5-0 win in the fourth round against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

James Lowy’s team also saw off category one opposition in the shape of West Brom in the third round but were beaten 6-2 by a clinical Tottenham outfit.

The Cherries, who handed a debut to new goalkeeper Callan McKenna, netted through Remy Rees-Dottin 11 minutes into the second half and substitute Jonny Day a minute from time.

Lowy’s team fell behind after just 92 seconds when McKenna was closed down as he tried to deal with Ollie Morgan’s backpass, the goalkeeper’s pass to Harold William prodded into the path of Callum Olusesi who drove it into the back of the net from around 12 yards.

And Tottenham doubled their lead through Mikey Moore in the seventh minute, the highly-rated frontman seizing on McKenna’s clearance and jinking his way into the box before rifling into the roof of the net.

Ollie Eagle nodded Ellis Lehane’s header away for a corner after he had met Damola Ajayi’s cross before Jonny Stuttle stretched but could not quite reach Karl Gregory’s free-kick.

Moore’s angled drive was blocked by Harold William before McKenna smothered at the feet of Lehane after he had seized on a stray pass.

Tottenham extended their lead through Oliver Irow’s clinical finish after Tyrese Hall and Moore had combined to create the opportunity in the 26th minute.

Moore made it 4-0 in the 33rd minute when he turned sharply inside the box and fired past McKenna from close range.

As the Cherries looked to reduce the arrears, Ryan Carroll’s shot was blocked before Stuttle was foiled by a top-drawer reaction save from Carey Bloedorn after he had met Jack Holman’s cross.

Remy Rees-Dottin fastened on to a delightful pass from Gregory before cutting inside and letting fly with his left foot, his effort parried by Bloedorn.

Dangerman Moore fashioned another opening in first-half stoppage time, his fierce drive crashing back off the crossbar.

McKenna made a smart save after Hall had weaved his way through, the goalkeeper standing tall and blocking with his legs at the start of the second half.

Stuttle fired narrowly wide following a superb turn inside the box, the striker’s shot flashing past the despairing dive of Bloedorn and the upright.

Rees-Dottin reduced the deficit for the Cherries when he climbed at the far post to nod home Josh Salmon’s deep cross in the 56th minute.

But Spurs restored their four-goal lead just a minute later when Ajayi burst through before sweeping a left-foot shot past McKenna from just inside the 18-yard box.

Rees-Dottin’s pass teed up Stuttle but his shot was blocked by Maeson King, the Cherries enjoying more possession and chances in the second half.

Irow made it 6-1 in the 86th minute, poking the ball home at the far post after McKenna had made a superb one-handed save to keep out Ajayi’s thunderous strike.

Day, an 80th-minute replacement for Rees-Dottin, arrived to meet Holman's free-kick, the substitute powering a header past Bloedorn to complete the scoring a minute from time.

Josh Salmon was denied by a fine save from Bloedorn in added time.

Tottenham Hotspur: Bloedorn, Black, Akhamrich (Logan, 68), King (Wilhoft-King, 83) Chaplin, Hall, Ajayi, Olusesi, Lehane (Adewole, 68), Moore, Irow.

Unused subs: Archer (g/k), Aganese-McDermott, Egan-Riley, K Morgan.

AFC Bournemouth: McKenna, Holman, O Morgan (Parkes, 70), Gregory, William, Eagle (Williams, h/t), Salmon, Osborne, Stuttle, Carroll, Rees-Dottin (Day, 80).

Unused subs: Crisp (g/k), Sills, Ogunleye, Stevens.

Referee: Morgan Conn.

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