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Cooper reflects on memorable cup win


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AFC Bournemouth Under-21s manager Shaun Cooper has spoken of his pride at winning the Central League Cup with a young Cherries side on Wednesday.

AFC Bournemouth went to the final in Nottingham following victories in the competition over Portsmouth, Southend and Shrewsbury.

The Cherries produced a mature display, with striker Tyrell Hamilton scoring a goal in either half to get the 2-0 win against Notts County under-21s.

Following the match, afcb.co.uk spoke to under-21s manager Shaun Cooper to get his view.

“I’m delighted and very pleased for the boys. They thoroughly deserved the result from the start of the competition until now.

“We’ve lost a lot of players to loan moves so we had a very young team in the final and they all acquitted themselves very well.

“We’d prepared a game-plan based on the way we thought Notts County would play, but given the change in personnel from their last game in the competition, that also changed their approach.

“Our lads figured that out quite quickly. Notts County had a big lad up front who was a bit of a handful as they were quite direct, but I thought we defended well and coped with it.

“Tyrell Hamilton’s work rate deserved two goals. He ran his socks off, as did everybody. All over the pitch, everybody contributed with their work rate, so I was really pleased for him that he scored two.

“I’m pleased for the boys and very proud of them.”

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