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Strong start from Women's Development Squad


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Following their promotion from the Hampshire League last season, the Women’s Development Squad have begun life in the Southern Region Women’s Football League.

Their opening two fixtures of the season saw them away to local team Bournemouth Sports FC, before travelling to Southampton Women’s Reserves last weekend.

From their two games, the Cherries have picked up four points, which see them currently lie fourth in the league behind Eastleigh and Abingdon on goal difference.  

Bournemouth Sports

The first game of the season saw the two promoted sides from the Hampshire Women’s League play one another.

The Cherries found themselves behind after just eight minutes, following a Justine Mosely goal. This formed a pattern for the opening stages, as Bournemouth Sports continued to apply early pressure, forcing the Cherries ‘keeper to make two further saves to deny Mosely.

The pressure paid off, as the striker went on to double her side’s lead in the 17th minute.

However, the Cherries got themselves back into the game just before the half hour mark, as Ayuma Asira nodded home an excellent cross from debutant Ria Hall.  

Despite both teams having plenty of opportunities, neither team would score again until the 90th minute, when AFC Bournemouth got an equaliser.

Larissa White was fouled on the edge of the area, which provided the free-kick for EJ Stephens to control her shot into the top left-hand corner of the net, securing a point for the team.

Southampton Women’s Reserves

A fantastic first half display was enough to see the Development Squad come away with a resounding 5-0 victory and their first Southern League win over Southampton Women’s Reserves.

AFC Bournemouth were straight off the mark and into their stride, with long periods of possession which tested the Southampton back-line and forced the goalkeeper into making two good saves.

Their dominance would pay off, as the Cherries opened the scored after 13 minutes, when EJ Stephens confidently smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, following some good work from Helen Corbin inside the box.

Two further goals were added inside the half hour mark, as both Emily Phillips and Grace Morgan got themselves on the scoresheet.

The goal of the game was netted by Sofia Sinaguglia, however, who intercepted a pass in her own defensive third before dribbling the whole length of the pitch and curling the ball into the side of the net.

The final goal of the game was scored by last season’s top goal scorer Helen Corbin, as she raced on to a through ball from Charlet Norman-Tasker to poke the ball into the bottom corner and secure a 5-0 victory for the Cherries.

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