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Under-21s

Saydee double sinks Oxford

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AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Two goals from Christian Saydee ensured Shaun Cooper’s side were victorious in their latest friendly, which took place away at Oxford.

A strike in each half was the difference in the 2-0 win at the Yellows’ training ground, with Will Dennis keeping a clean sheet at the other end.

Shaun Cooper had an experienced side at his disposal, with Jaidon Anthony, Jordan Zemura and Gavin Kilkenny all featuring.

The first chance of the game fell to Saydee, who caused problems all afternoon. His shot from inside the area took a big deflection and was comfortable for the Oxford ‘keeper in the end.

Moments later and the striker was brought down in a dangerous area, with free-kick responsibility left in the hands of Zemura. The Zimbabwe international stepped up, but saw his effort fly over the bar.

The left-back was then involved again after he was played through one-on-one, but the Oxford ‘keeper reacted well and was out to clear the danger.

With the half-hour mark approaching, it was then over to Anthony to try his luck with a dead ball, but his free-kick from a similar position, after O’Connell was brought down, went straight into the wall.

Fresh from international duty, Nathan Moriah-Welsh was soon provided with an opportunity to test the ‘keeper, his shot from the middle of the park parried away, with Zemura just beaten to the rebound.

However, just before the break, the deadlock was broken and it was Saydee who put the Cherries ahead. A fine turn and shot in the box couldn’t be stopped and Cooper’s side had a deserved lead.

The pressure continued and O’Connell thought he was in just minutes after, as Saydee fed the ball through neatly, but the ‘keeper was alert and came to collect.

The visitors were presented with a scare seconds before the whistle, as Oxford’s striker looked to have beaten Dennis one-on-one, but his shot from just inside the area was cleared off the line superbly by Corey Jordan.

As the second period got underway, Saydee was almost on the end of a brilliant team move. Some good link up play from O’Connell and substitute Brooklyn Genesini saw the latter play it into the box, Anthony step over it and the goalscorer ready to pounce again but the ‘keeper did well to save with his legs.

Moriah-Welsh then looked to double the Cherries lead just after, following a neat set-back from Saydee, but the first-time shot from 25 yards went millimetres over the bar.

On the hour mark, substitute Ryan Glover almost made an immediate impact after pouncing on the rebound of Zemura’s shot. The winger’s effort bounced off one post, onto the other, and then came out to Nippard, who saw his powerful strike saved.

Glover once again got himself into a good position and linked up well with fellow substitute George Hunt for what looked like a certain second, but his shot was pulled wide of the left-hand post and didn’t cause any problems for the Yellows’ defence.

Nevertheless, an inevitable second soon followed and it was Saydee again who did the damage, beating two men on the right before rifling a shot into the bottom corner.

There was still one more chance as the clock ticked down and it fell to 19-year-old Moriah-Welsh, who went on a menacing run through the midfield and saw his shot come back off the crossbar.

The win is the second in the space of a week for Cooper’s side, who defeated Bristol Rovers at Canford seven days ago. They’re next in action in two weeks, as Portsmouth make the trip to Dorset for a friendly.

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