After booking their place in the Hampshire Women’s Invitation Cup final, AFC Bournemouth’s Development Squad returned to County League action with back-to-back home fixtures against Horndean Ladies and QK Southampton.
Collecting six points from the fixtures, the Cherries scored a total of eleven goals across the two games, to retain their position at the top of the league.
The first fixture against Horndean Ladies was held at 0-0 until the Cherries broke the deadlock in the 65th minute.
It was to be EJ Stephens who had a big hand to play in the opening goal, as her free-kick from the right side of the penalty area was expertly placed, with Lexi Tryon in the right place to poke the ball home.
The home side took great confidence from getting the breakthrough and produced a dazzling performance for the remainder of the second half, scoring a further five goals.
A key player, after her introduction in the 55th minute, was Roza Bailey and she created two goals for Helen Corbin within ten minutes of the opening goal. Demonstrating excellent close control and dribbling skills, Bailey danced through the Horndean midfield before slipping in Corbin behind the defence and on both occasions, the striker dispatching the ball with confidence.
Corbin was to complete her hat-trick in the 80th minute and Ayuma Asira was to add the fifth goal of the game before Bailey was to top her performance off by scoring the final goal of the game.
The following weekend, hosting QK Southampton, the young AFC Bournemouth side handed senior debuts to two under-16 players, Lois Murphy and Olivia Pepperell.
The Cherries flew out of the traps and Corbin opened the scoring on 11 minutes after being slipped through on goal from Bailey’s excellent pass from midfield.
The early goal boosted the home side and, exactly 11 minutes after the opening goal, Corbin was on hand again to add to the lead, this time converting Stephens’ rebound from close range.
The lead was extended in the 28th minute when Bailey, producing one of her trademark dribbles from midfield, found space on the edge of the box and shot low into the bottom right corner.
It was to be Sofia Sinaguglia who then added the fourth goal of the game, after running onto a through ball from inside her own half before placing her shot well under pressure past the goalkeeper.
With the clock ticking down, Corbin was not to be denied her eighth hat-trick of the season when she once again raced onto a Bailey through ball, where there was only going to be one outcome, confirming a 5-0 victory.
The Development Squad are home again this weekend, as they look forward to hosting Bursledon Ladies at Canford 3G on Sunday.