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Under-21s

Kilkenny - I took it upon myself to make something happen

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Gavin Kilkenny was delighted to make a telling contribution as his wonderful solo goal secured victory in an end-to-end 4-3 win over Southend United.

The midfielder described how the desire “not to lose the game” contributed to his stunning winner as the Cherries began life in the Central League Cup with a good result.

After the game he told afcb.co.uk: “I took it upon myself to try and make something happen and I saw the space, drove forward and just smacked it with my left foot. Thankfully it went kind of near the top corner!”

The 21-year-old discussed the importance of the team’s response having been pegged back from a 3-1 lead before his decisive contribution.

“We made it hard for ourselves. We went 3-1 up and probably took our foot off the pedal a little bit to let them back into it but a win’s a win at the end of the day.

“The manager said it at the end, the way they played pressed us really high and put us under a lot of pressure.

“It was about making the right decisions and deciding when was the right time to play. Obviously, we were brave to play and that might have got us into trouble at times but that’s what we have to do.

“It’s easier to shell it and play long but I think we were brave and stuck to our principles and we were rewarded with the win.”

The midfielder reserved special praise for team-mates Jaidon Anthony and Jordan Zemura, who proved a constant menace down the left wing, despite the latter insisting that he’d scored the best goal of the match.

“They were superb," said Kilkenny. "The first place I probably look is out to them, they have quality and their link up is very impressive.

“The second goal showed their quality, alongside that of Christian Saydee, as it was down our end and then ten seconds later it was in the back of the net."

Kilkenny spent 55 minutes playing alongside George Hunt in midfield, who is continuing his comeback from a difficult period of injury troubles.

“I’m delighted for George," he said. "He’s had a really tough spell out and he’s came in and looked like he’s never been gone so great for him, I’ve loved playing alongside him so far.”

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