Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cherries ring the changes at Eastleigh and score 4

AFCB got off to a great start against Eastleigh FC in their second pre-season friendly. The team saw a few changes from the FC Copenhagen game with Yann Kermorgant, Ian Harte, Dan Gosling, Harry Arter and Matt Ritchie among those on the bench and Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas notable absentees. But some of the new additions were regulars like Simon Francis, Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Eunan O'Kane, Brett Pitman and Josh McQuoid. Whereas Cargill was a young recruit bought into the side at Vulkanlandarena in Austria, it was Sam Matthews turn this time to start.

The goals came think and fast in the game with Brett Pitman and Simon Francis opening their pre-season accounts before half time. The second half saw the introduction of Shaun MacDonald for Ryan Fraser and within a few minutes Marc Pugh had made it 3-0 to the Cherries. An avalanche of  9 subs for AFCB came on after the hour mark with some familiar names back in the side. It was good to hear that Macca managed to get on the score sheet as well to make it 0-4 with 12 minutes to go.

AFCB Starting XI: Buchel; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Matthews, O'Kane, Pugh; Pitman, McQuoid.

AFCB Subs: Harte, McCarthy, Cargill, Smith, MacDonald, Arter, Gosling, Ritchie, Kermorgant, Rantie. 

AFCB official Match tweets follow:
0: Josh McQuoid and Brett Pitman kick-off and we're underway here at The Silverlake Stadium. #afcb

6: Eunan O'Kane has a powerful drive from 25-yards turned round the post by Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney. #afcb

15: Charlie Daniels plays a low ball into Brett Pitman from a wide free-kick but the striker hits it narrowly wide. #afcb

17: GOAL! Brett Pitman slides in to get a touch on the end of Ryan Fraser's cross. #afcb 1-0 @eastleighfc23: GOAL! Simon Francis doubles Cherries' lead after under-lapping Ryan Fraser and being played in by the Scotsman. #afcb 2-0 @eastleighfc
Pitman was among the scorers for AFCB against Eastleigh FC.
37: Jai Reason puts the ball in the net for the hosts but a sharp offside trap from Cherries' defence sees his effort disallowed. #afcb

40: Brett Pitman nicks the ball on the halfway line and plays through Josh McQuoid but his fierce shot is touched wide. #afcb

45: Referee Dean Treleaven blows for half-time. Cherries lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Brett Pitman and Simon Francis. #afcb

Second half
45: One change for Cherries at half-time. Shaun MacDonald replaces Sam Matthews. @eastleighfc will get us underway. #afcb

48: GOAL! Marc Pugh plays a neat one-two with Josh McQuoid before calmly rounding the goalkeeper to tap home. #afcb 3-0 @eastleighfc

59: Brett Pitman almost snaps the woodwork in half as he rifles an effort from 20-yards against the crossbar. #afcb

60: Cherries make a number of substitutions resulting in the following XI... (1/2) #afcb
Buchel, Harte, McCarthy, Cargill, Smith, MacDonald, Arter, Gosling, Ritchie, Kermorgant, Rantie. #afcb (2/2)

78: GOAL! Shaun MacDonald and Tokelo Rantie exchange passes before the midfielder curls one just inside the post. #afcb 4-0 @eastleighfc

79: Tokelo Rantie is almost rewarded for his work setting up the goal with a chance straight after. Goalkeeper pulls off a great save. #afcb

82: Yann Kermorgant is denied from close range as Cherries go in search of a fifth. #afcb

90: Full-time. Goals from Brett Pitman, Simon Francis, Marc Pugh and Shaun MacDonald see #afcb run out 4-0 winners against @eastleighfc.

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