Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gosling nets his first Cherries goal as AFCB progress in Cup

AFCB have not had particularly great runs in the cup competitions of late so I hoped that the game against Exeter in the first round of the Capital One Cup may see a change in fortune. Apparently the Cherries had not won away in the capital One Cup in their last seven attempts!

The Cherries made a complete team change from their last game against Huddersfield and with full competitive match first team debuts for Baily Cagill and Dan Gosling it promised to be an exciting night with many players who have played for the first team in the Cherries line up. It was particularly pleasing to see Darryl Flahavan back on the pitch along with Elliott Ward who was captaining the side, but I was also amazed to see the quality that was on the bench of the Cherries needed it.

Sadly, as an Exile I could not tune into local radio and have not signed up to player this season so it was watching out for tweets, AFCB blog and news over the Internet as the match progressed. 

Brief Match Summary
AFCB dominated the first half with Stanislas, Pitman and Freaser looking very likely to score, but they could not get a lead. Pym made some excellent saves while Junior stanislas hit the post and Elliott Ward had a header cleared off the line. At the other end Baily Cargill and Darryl Flahavan had little to do in the first half as Exeter did not manage a recorded shot and did not win a corner. At half time AFCB had controlled 68 per cent of the play, according to the BBC and had 11 shots but only 2 on target. 

It took until 54 minutes before the Cherries got the break through. A cross from Stanislas was converted into his own net by Scott Bennett. Midway through the second half Dan Gosling got his first Cherries goal and doubled the lead. While Exeter came more into the game in the second half they could not beat Darryl Flahavan in goal and the Cherries were able to see out the game 0-2. Junior Stanislas was man of the match by all accounts as he was involved in both the goals. Baily Cargill also received lots of plaudits on his competitive debut.

Match commentary interspersed with AFCB official tweets:
Attendance 2648 (including 735 away supporters).
AFCB started kicking away from their supporters in the first half.

01: Brett Pitman & Tokelo Rantie kick-off to get #afcb's @CapitalOne_Cup campaign underway. http://

Dan Gosling gave away the first free kick for a challenge on Matt Grimes, but it came to nothing. Stanislas put an early ball across Exeter's box but nobody managed to get on the end of it.

06: Stanislas takes on his marker & puts in a dangerous cross, but Pitman can't get the finishing touch on it. bit.ly/ecfcvafcb #afcb

Macca tries to play Pitman in but it's deflected for the first corner of the game. Pitman hits the ball on the volley but it's well over.
10: Harte picks out Pitman from the corner, but he can't keep his volley down. #ecfc 0-0 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Fraser has a shot from outside the box but it's blocked. Fraser wins a foul as Pat Baldwin fouls him in the Bournemouth half. Exeter then get a free kick on half way - Dan Gosling on David Wheeler. Cargill and Harte clear for the Cherries. Then Tisdale narrowly avoids being booted by the ball.

17: #afcb enjoying plenty of possession early on, but it's still goalless at St James Park

Junior Stanislas' cross is beaten away and Exeter break. Fraser takes a pass from Pitman and shoots but Pym makes the save. It was a right footed shot and on the edge of the six yard box, but right at the centre of goal.

21: Some great play around the box from #afcb to play in Fraser, who see his shot well saved by Pym. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

22: MacDonald tries his luck from distance, only to see the effort fly over the bar. #ecfc 0-0 #afcb .bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Junior Stanislas is fouled by Scott Bennett on the right wing. Rantie plays in Junior and stanislas beats his man before Pym makes a great save. that was close!

26: Stanislas hits the post! Lovely one-two with Rantie and the winger then strikes the woodwork. So close. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb 

Macca right side of the box, shot is saved. Fraser turns inside and plays in Pitman but Brett's shot is saved. Heroics from the Grecian's keeper is all that is keeping the Cherries out.

29: #afcb are piling on the pressure now. Fraser sees the run of Pitman, who smashes the ball at Pym. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

32: Visitors firmly in control half an hour in, with Pitman the latest to send in a strike. #ecfc 0-0 #afcb http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Fraser is bundeled over and AFCB have a kick in a dangerous position. An Ian Harte special coming up? No, Stanislas takes, 25-yards out, but it and it's wide.

Smith now wins a free kick.Corner to the Cherries. Harte puts it in and Ward heads it but it's cleared off the line. TK wins another corner.

37: Off the line this time! Ward rises highest to meet Harte's corner, but it's hacked away. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Ryan Fraser has a shot blocked. Gosling free kick is cleared in Exeter's box. Bennett now concedes a corner. Rantie has a shot blocked and Pitman just shoots over.

45: Pym was rooted to the spot as he watched Pitman's drive fly narrowly over the woodwork. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

45: There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Half-time: #ecfc 0-0

Second Half
Matt Oakley comes on for Aaron Davies in the second half for Exeter. Smith is fouled. Grimes has a chance now. He hits it first time but wide. 

49: Grimes wastes Exeter's first real chance of the match as he sends a half volley wide. #ecfc 0-0 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

51: Exeter enjoying their best spell of the tie, with Wheeler flashing a shot across the face of goal. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb #afcb

Rantie wins a free kick but the ball is soon cleared. Ryan Fraser makes a break and wins a corner. Fraser's volley after a headed clearance lands in Pym's arms.

The Cherries take the lead with an own goal. Stanislas crosses and it's off the Scot Bennett's legs and in the back of the net.

GOAL! #afcb take the lead! http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

54: Stanislas put the ball in & Bennett turns it into his own net! #ecfc 0-1 #afcb http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Harte to take another AFCB corner. Cargill makes an attempt but it's cleared. Stanislas plays a great ball into Rantie but he can't get his shot away. Exeter make a sub as Woodman comes off for Conor Riley-Lowe.

Fraser fouled in Exeter half. it's the yellow card for Bennett, not his night. Tillson gives away a corner.

65: Stanislas has gone close since taking the lead, but it's still #ecfc 0-1 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Stanislas now fouls Grimes. Nicholls has a shot from outside the box but it misses top left. david Wheeler is next to have a go but misses to the right of goal. Flahavan then has to save Matt Grimes shot in the centre of the goal with 70 minutes gone. Fraser and Rantie on the break but the keeper comes out to collect.

That's sealed it surely. GOAL! #afcb double the lead. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb 
73: It's a goal for Gosling on his first start! The midfielder taps in from close range

Stanislas had put the cross in and Gosling snapped up the rebound for his first Cherries goal.

Subs, Aaron Dawson replaces David Wheeler and Rantie comes off for Callum Wilson. Harry Arter also replaces Ryan Fraser.

Oakley wins a free kick, but it's soon back down the other end. Corner to AFCB. Wilson fouls Bennett. Wilson actually wanted a penalty, but ref gives kick the other way. Adam Smith stops what looked like a certain goal for Exeter City.

80: Wilson has caused plenty of problems already & has just had a penalty appeal turned down. #ecfc 0-2 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb
Arter is booked for a foul on Oakley.

84: Substitute Arter goes into the book for a late challenge. #ecfc 0-2 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Jimmy Keohanne misses with a shot outside the box to the right of goal. Stanislas is replaced by Matt Ritchie.

89: Ritchie comes on for Stanislas in #afcb's third & final change. #ecfc 0-2 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

89: Stanislas receives a generous round of applause from the away end. Played a part in #afcb's two goals. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

90: There will be four minutes of added on time. #ecfc 0-2 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Ritchie to take corner.

90+3: Ritchie makes his mark on the game, curling a shot just wide of the far post. #ecfc 0-2 #afcb. http://bit.ly/ecfcvafcb

Flahavan, Smith, Cargill, Ward, Harte, Stanislas (Ritchie 89), MacDonald, Gosling, Fraser (Arter 76), Rantie (Wilson 76), Pitman.

Buchel, Ritchie, Kermorgant, Arter, McCarthy, Francis, Wilson.

Exeter City
Pym, Wheeler (Dawson 75), Tillson, Bennett, Baldwin, Woodman (Riley-Lowe 59), Davies (Oakley 45), Grimes, Butterfield, Keohane, Nichols.

Exeter Subs
Hamon, Oakley, Dawson, Riley-Lowe, Jay, Pope, Watkins.

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