Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Pompey find out AFCB are a Championship side

AFCB 2 v 1 Pompey

Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 1806 (312 visitors)

There were not quite so many at Dean Court tonight as there had been just a few days ago. The fact that Real Madrid were not playing and that the opposition, albeit a nearby derby team, would be playing the Cherries again in a few days time in the Capitol One Cup just may have had something to do with that. For those, like me, who could not attend it seems we missed Mouhamed Coulibly's first goal in a Cherries shirt, and by all accounts it was a belter!

The pre-match official club tweets told us the starting lineup would include Marc Pugh who will have been a welcome sight having missed the Real Madrid game. Trialists Danny Butterfield and Charlie Losasso were included in Eddie Howe's squad for this evening's friendly. AFC Bournemouth kicked towards the Ted MacDougall stand in the first half.

Here are the tweets I picked up.

After 12 minutes there were no clear cut chances, but AFCB had been enjoying the better of the possession. On 17 minutes Charlie Daniels' low cross almost saw Johnny Ertl put past his own goalkeeper, but Phil Smith made the save. Charlie Daniels again got forward moments later to put in another dangerous cross, but Sonny Bradley got a foot to the ball.

On 28 minutes Ryan Fraser was replaced early on by Sam Matthews. Ryan has been playing a lot recently both at Woking and at the Goldsands stadium last weekend, but we were not told if he was taken off because he was injured or if it was a tactical switch. Mohamed Coulibaly moved out to the right side after this, leaving Wes Thomas as a lone striker.

Darryl Flahavan made his first real save of the game from a close-range effort by Tom Craddoc on 29 minutes. The contest really livened up though when, on 35 minutes, Mohamed Coulibaly scored his first goal for the Cherries from 25-yards. "A thunderbolt in the bottom corner," so AFCB's official tweet said. 1-0 to AFCB.

Pompey FC reported that the shot was scored from even further out. "Coulibaly's 30-yard effort arrows into the bottom corner. Coulibaly scores with a long-range effort low past Smith."

An all too familiar story happened on 36 minutes when Wes Thomas got his head on the end of Simon Francis' cross but failed to hit the target. I hope Wes improves as he is likely to be needed. Miles Addison then teed up Simon Francis' cross for Wes Thomas to try some acrobatics, but his bicycle kick fell narrowly wide. So at half time Bournemouth led by a single goal from Mohamed Coulibaly and apparently have looked comfortable throughout.

I think AFCB forgot to tweet in the second half for a while. Pompey did tell us that Moutaouakil's dangerous low cross was claimed by Jalal on 50 minutes.

Others on twitter were shouting about the stats on 55 minutes which were in favour of AFCB 8/1 and on shots target only included Coulibaly's goal. Then Pompey broke the silence informing us that Devera did well to hold off Thomas and allow Smith to clear on 60 minutes.

Things were all square on 63 minutes, when Pompey tweeted a "lovely finish from Barcham to curl the ball past Jalal from 25 yards." They got a bit excited with their scoreboard though saying: "GOAL! Bournemouth 0 Pompey 1 (Barcham 63). No, CORRECTION Pompey the score is now 1:1. Good to see they agreed moments later - "Sorry, got a bit excited with that tweet a few minutes ago. It is, of course, now 1-1!"

Wes Thomas was then replaced by Jayden Stockley and Charlie Losasso comes on for Marc Pugh on 63 minutes. Jed Wallace and David Connolly were introduced for Portsmouth. Johnny Ertl and Patrick Agyemang made way for them on 69 minutes. For AFCB, Josh Wakefield replaced Harry Arter at the same time.

Josh Wakefield curled an effort from 20-yards, but it fells the wrong side of the post with 16 minutes remaining. It was at about this time that I came a cross a live blog at the Football Courier - better late then never!

Jayden Stockley then had a diving header that hit the post from Charlie Losasso's cross on 76 minutes. Bournemouth restored their lead on 80 minutes when Harry Cornick grabbed the Cherries' second when his shot took a slight deflection to beat Phil Smith. 2-1!

Portsmouth then made a change and Ashley Harris replaced Tom Craddock. Pompey could not draw level though and the game ended 2:1 to AFCB.

Flahavan, Francis, Cook, Addison, Daniels, Arter, MacDonald, Fraser, Coulibaly, Pugh, Thomas.
Substitutes 1/2: Jalal, Elphick, Ward, Harte, Hughes, Matthews, Stockley

Smith, Moutaouakil, Bradley, Devera, Butler, Holmes, Padovani, Ertl, Barcham. Agyemang, Craddock Subs: Sullivan, East, Webster, Wallace, Connolly, Harris, Bird.

Second half: Jalal, Harte, Elphick, Ward, Butterfield, Pugh, Hughes, Arter, Matthews, Wakefield - Thomas.
Substitutes 2/2: Butterfield, Losasso, Wakefield, Cornick, Chiedozie, Cargill, Bassele, Goodship

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