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Explainer: Hampshire Senior Cup


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

You wait all season for a cup final, and then two come along at once...

The under-21s will step out for their second cup final inside seven days in the showpiece Hampshire Senior Cup occasion this evening, having lifted the Central League Cup for the second straight year at St. George's Park last Wednesday.

However, the county trophy on offer on Tuesday night is from the delayed 2019/20 competition, the Cherries beginning their route to the final fully 596 days ago.

Due to Covid-19, the 2020/21 version of the Hampshire Senior Cup was cancelled.

Here's how we got here and the details you'll need to know ahead of kick-off.

Where and when

Tonight's game kicks-off at 7.15pm at AFC Totton's Testwood Stadium, the match taking place behind closed doors.

In opposition are National League side Eastleigh, the Spitfires having knocked out Southampton in the semi-finals.

How you can follow the game

There will be full coverage across afcb.co.uk and the club's social media channels this evening, while Hampshire FA are also providing a live stream of the match on their YouTube channel.

You can access the stream by clicking here, which will take you to their external YouTube site.

How we got here

Second round – 17th Spetember 2019 – AFC Bournemouth 8-0 Basingstoke

The Cherries' cup run got started as a strong side with several senior players overpowered Basingstoke at Vitality Stadium.

Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly returned from injury to start, the hosts 3-0 up by the break thanks to two from Gavin Kilkenny and another from Jake Scrimshaw.

Scrimshaw scored his second after the restart, Kilkenny completed his hat-trick, Jaidon Anthony scored his own double and Kelly also made the scoresheet in the rout.

Third round – 17th December 2019 – Farnborough 2-3 AFC Bournemouth 

Shaun Cooper fielded a much younger side for the trip to Cherrywood Road, Harvey Bertrand's last-minute goal sealing the visitors' progress after a roller coaster second half.

Jake Scrimshaw scored just after the restart but by the 84th minute the momentum was with the home side who took the lead.

Not to be denied, Tyrell Hamilton scored in the 86th minute and Bertrand won it with a header from a corner to negate penalties and send the Cherries through.

Fourth round – 22nd January 2020 – Sholing 0-4 AFC Bournemouth 

In the final Hampshire Senior Cup match before the pandemic struck, the Cherries booked their place in the semi-finals with a comfortable win away to Sholing.

Jaidon Anthony and Alex Dobre gave their Cherries breathing room at half time, Anthony adding his second and Jordon Ibe also netting as the visitors eased home at the Mackoy Stadium.

Semi-final – 13/10/20 – Moneyfields 2-3 AFC Bournemouth

After a near nine-month break from the competition, the Cherries were victorious on the road again, this time in Portsmouth.

Jake Scrimshaw and Gavin Kilkenny pushed the side into a commanding position, but Moneyfields didn't give up and soon pulled one back.

Christian Saydee re-extended the lead in the second period, the hosts making for a nervy finale as they again scored to get within one before the under-21s saw the match out and booked their place in the final.

Facts and trivia

  • A Cherries team including Ryan Fraser reached the final in 2013 when they went down 3-2 to Alresford Town at Vitality Stadium.
  • In 2018/19, the Cherries beat Eastleigh and Horndean before being eliminated by Sholing in the quarter-finals
  • In 2017/18, the Cherries were beaten by Havant & Waterlooville in the semi-final having beaten Eastleigh, Farnborough and Newport (Isle of Wight) en route to the last four.
  • In 2016/17, the Cherries were beaten 7-6 on penalties by Basingstoke in the final at St Mary’s.
  • The Cherries last won the Hampshire Senior Cup in 1989, beating Basingstoke at Fratton Park.
  • In total, the Cherries have won the competition three times, also claiming the title in 1924 and 1959.

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