Saturday, 30 July 2016

Jordan Ibe thrills Dean Court - AFCB 1 v 0 Cardiff City

Jordan Ibe stole the show at Dean Court with an early 11th minute goal that had everybody nodding at what £15m buys you these days. Ibe will endear himself to the Bournemouth fans with his willingness to get forward and have a pop at goal and Cardiff struggled to contain him and Ryan Fraser who made a pleasing home return. Liverpool's loss is AFCB's gain and with Brad Smith also playing his first game in red and black, the new look AFCB is taking shape.
Jordan Ibe is already setting a high standard at AFCB.
The team news was most welcome from AFCB as back from injury came Adam Smith, Steve Cook and Benik Afobe, as well as Ryan Fraser. Brad Smith made his debut at left back, while Corey Jordan also made his senior debut in the first team at centre-back.

Hitting the target is still an annoyance that will only get better with more practise, but there is much to admire about AFC Bournemouth even when they don't put the game out of sight. Afobe and Grabban were guilt of missing chances, while AFCB will be closely monitoring Harry Arter and Adam Smith who both came off early.

Official Match Tweets from AFC Bournemouth

08: Grabban’s tame header is saved by Marshall - #afcb are on top in the early stages here.

09: Another chances for #afcb as Afobe then sees a left-footed shot from inside the area go wide.

11: GGOOOAALLLL to #afcb! Ibe gives the Cherries the he lead with a stunning strike.

11: Ibe picks the ball up in the #ccfc half, runs at the defence and curls a shot into the far corner. 1-0 to #afcb!

22: Good chance! Afobe beats his man on the right and squares to Grabban who takes a touch, before blazing over in the box! #afcb

31: A good move from #afcb sees Afobe lay off Fraser in the area, but his curling effort is blocked. Cherries dominating at the moment.

33: Close! Ibe smashes a left footed effort from outside the box at an angle and it flies narrowly over. Still 1-0 here. #afcb

37: Arter goes down and receives treatment. He walks off the pitch, he'll be replaced. #afcb

43: 1st sub for #afcb, Arter makes his way off injured, youngster Ben Whitfield comes on. #afcb

44: Whitfield instantly involved - he threaded a lovely ball for Afobe and his dangerous cross is just cleared from Fraser's path! #afcb

HALF-TIME: #afcb 1-0 #ccfc - @IbeJordon's wonderful goal separates the two sides at the break.

SUB: One change for #afcb at the break, Jordan Lee comes on for Adam Smith.

51: Close! Afobe latches onto a poor clearance, gets in the box and slams a right footed effort just

wide of the left post! #afcb

57: #afcb break through Afobe and he found Ibe, whose cross from the right narrowly whizzes past the post via a deflection!

60 - Double #CardiffCity change: Richards and Gounongbe replaced by John and Zohore. (1-0)

62: #ccfc go close. The ball gets cleared and Ralls sidefoots a precise effort towards the bottom corner, it whizzed an inch wide

65: 3rd sub for #afcb - Afobe makes way after an energetic display to be replaced by Lys Mousset.

ATTENDANCE: 4306 with 259 travelling Cardiff fans. Thank you for your support! #afcb

74: 4th change for #afcb sees goalscorer Ibe replaced by youngster Jordan Green.
74: Another #afcb sub sees Sam Matthews come on for Grabban.

79 - Four change for #CardiffCity: Whittingham, Ralls, Peltier and Pilkington replaced by Noone, O'Keefe, Gunnarsson and Ajayi. (1-0)

80: Another #afcb sub, Callum Buckley comes on for Fraser.

82: Great chance for #ccfc. Noone put in a wicked cross and Immers nods wide at the back post from four yards. #afcb

86: Sub for #afcb, Ollie Harfield comes on for debutant Brad Smith.
FULL TIME: #afcb 1-0 #ccfc - Cherries remain unbeaten in pre-season as @IbeJordon scores brilliant solo goal.

Federici, A.Smith, Jordan, S.Cook, B.Smith, Ibe, Surman, Arter, Fraser, Grabban, Afobe.

Stanton, Lee, Butcher, McCarthy, Matthews, Green, Mousset.

Cardiff City

Marshall; Fabio, Peltier, Morrison, Connolly, Richards, Ralls, Whittingham, Pilkington, Immers, Gounongbe.

Cardiff Subs 
Wilson, Manga, Ajayi, Gunnarsson, O’Keefe, John, Noone, Zohore.

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