Under-21s secure cup victory
AFC Bournemouth under-21s started their Central League Cup campaign with a 4-1 win over Portsmouth at Canford Park Arena.
The Cherries side featured Diego Rico, Marc Pugh and Lys Mousset who all completed 90 minutes as three second-half strikes secured the victory against a Pompey side featuring four first team players.
After an even opening to the game, a superb passage of play yielded the opening goal for Shaun Cooper's men after 13 minutes.
Some brave play from the back involving Matt Butcher, Jack Simpson and Corey Jordan led to Alex Dobre steaming through on goal, with his raw pace taking him well clear into the area and calmly finishing into the corner.
But the visitors were immediately level when Bradley Lethbridge cut the ball back for Adam May to divert in from close range.
Dobre forced a good save and Jack Simpson hit the post as the first-half rounded off to a close with the hosts not at their fluent best.
As a result of that, at half-time the Cherries diverted away from their 3-5-2 formation to a more orthodox 4-4-1-1 and it led to instant results with a goal seconds after the restart.
Rico, urged to get forward at every opportunity by the coaching staff, drove on after combining with Dobre and Mousset, with the full-back drilling a low effort across the face of goal and Kyle Taylor was the sharpest to react to divert it into the corner.
From then on, Cooper's side were in the asendency and they had a third with 12 minutes left to play.
It was some strike too from skipper Nnamdi Oforborh, a flowing move saw the Nigeria under-20 international pick the ball up 25-yards out. Players left and right were calling for the ball, but the midfielder smashed an unstoppable effort right into the top corner.
And two minutes later it was four, with a strike of equal class and quality from Matt Butcher.
Back from a long-term injury, Butcher didn't miss a step all game and crowned his performance with a fabulous strike, a lethal 20-yard effort which arrowed directly into the top corner.
Both strikes gave the 'keeper no chance and secured a first Central League Cup win in the first CLC fixture of the campaign.