Last weekend saw the start of the Hampshire Girls Youth League, with three of the AFC Bournemouth teams in action.
The under-10s kicked off their campaign away from home to Pace Youth, whilst the under-12s and under-14s hosted Winchester and Oakwood Youth respectively.
The under-16s, who now play their football in the Junior Premier League, kicked off the week before, with an away fixture against London Bees.
In their first league outing, the under-10 girls made a fantastic start to their season putting together what they had focused on in training. They passed the ball around well and were making some excellent runs off the ball to create lots of chances throughout.
In total, there were five different AFC Bournemouth goal scorers in this game, with Lucy, Jazmine and Isabella all bagging on their league debuts.
Despite taking a first half lead, the Cherries were unable to hold off their Winchester opposition on Saturday as they went on to lose their opening game of the season 2-1.
Winchester started the game well and forced a goal-line clearance from Faye as well as a number of good saves from Pearl in goal early on.
Regardless of the slow start, the Cherries grew into the game, which allowed Amelia to put the team ahead with a good solo goal just before half time.
Winchester responded well in the second half and scored the equaliser after a period of high pressing. Not long after, following a great run from deep in midfield past a number of Cherries players, Winchester were able to extend their lead and take the three points.
The under-14s got their season underway at home to travelling Oakwood Youth.
The game started positively for AFC Bournemouth, who were able to take the lead inside the opening five minutes through last season’s top scorer Lucy, who took a pass from Talulla before passing the ball into the back of the net.
Oakwood defended well and made it difficult for the Cherries to extend their lead, that was until the 32nd minute when Anisha scored on her competitive debut to see the home-side 2-0 up at the break.
The second half was filled with AFC Bournemouth goals, as Lucy and Emily scored five between them. The pick of these came 26 minutes into the half when Aimee C. took the ball into a wide area, drove inside of the full-back and laid the ball off to Emily on the edge of the box, who lifted the ball into the top corner of the net.
It was a very positive display from the under-14s ahead of next weekend’s Hampshire Girls Cup fixture against Havant and Waterlooville.
AFC Bournemouth’s under-16 girls kicked off the new season in the Junior Premier League with an away fixture to London Bees.
During the opening stages of the game, the Cherries struggled to settle in their usual style of football, pleasingly the defence and goalkeeper Mollie kept the hosts at bay with some good interceptions.
As the side settled into the game, chances arrived for Be-be and Hannah H. but neither were able to convert, which left the scoreline level at halftime.
Moving into the second half, a slow start allowed London Bees to take the upper hand and on 50 minutes played a ball over the top for their striker to convert.
A mere four minutes later, the Cherries conceded their second as some indecision and missed tackles allowed for the hosts to convert for their second goal.
With ten minutes remaining, the team pulled a goal back following a foul outside the box, with Faith converting a free-kick into the roof the net.
During the closing stages of the game, the team continued to press and create further chances however they could not score an equaliser, leaving them with a 2-1 defeat in their first league fixture.
Next up is an away trip to QPR this Sunday.