Coach Shaun Cooper praised his AFC Bournemouth under-21s for an impressive showing in their 4-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in a friendly yesterday.
Goals from Emerson Hyndman, Jake Scrimshaw, Jordan Zemura and a Tyrrell Hamilton penalty saw the Cherries overcome the Canadians at Canford Arena.
Hyndman and Scrimshaw were on target during a dominant first-half display before Hamilton deservedly extended their lead from the spot after the break.
Although the Whitecaps reduced the arrears to 3-2 after Jaidon Anthony had missed a penalty, trialist Zemura completed the scoring to cap an excellent all-round performance.
Cooper told afcb.co.uk: “We dominated the game for 75 minutes and there were some really good passages of play. A lot of the lads had their own individual targets and met them.
“There was some really nice play from us at times, some good combinations, we moved the ball well and we were energetic in our performance. It was pleasing for the first 75 minutes and we should have been out of sight.
“I just felt we dropped off ever so slightly with our intensity towards the end and allowed them back into the game.
“We missed a penalty to go 4-0 up and that gave them a bit of momentum. They scored twice and we were hanging on a little but we broke away and scored a fourth.”
Cooper added: “Vancouver were very energetic, they were a fit team and had really nice ideas. They were well set up in possession so our boys did well to cope with that and I just felt we took the sting out of their energy when we moved the ball well.
“Once we allowed our quality to drop just a little towards the end, it gave them a lift and they scored a couple of goals. But our boys did well to recover and saw out the game after we had scored the fourth.”
The Cherries, who face Notts County in the final of the Central League Cup at Meadow Lane on April 24th, will host English Universities at Canford Arena on Wednesday 10th April.
AFC Bournemouth: Dennis, Nippard, Hobson, Ibsen Rossi (Dinsmore, h-t), Zemura, Anthony, Hyndman (Hanfrey, 80) Boote, Kilkenny, Scrimshaw (Cope, 65), Hamilton. Unused subs: Genesini, Pardoe.