Thursday, 19 April 2018

Man Utd rattle two past the Cherries with no reply

Match Report
AFCB 0 v 2 Man Utd
18 April 2018
Attendance 10,952
AFCB fans walk away disappointed form Den Court.
Bournemouth found a bit more of they style against United, but left the gate open after a United corner to go one-nil down before the half hour. In a close first half the Cherries only managed one shot on target, but were well in the game despite Jesse Lingard finding a way to get behind AFCB and give Chris Smalling a simple task to take the lead. But the game suing right away from Bournemouth when Lukaku put things beyond doubt with a well taken run across AFCB's back line and a sharp finish. Earlier, Luke Shaw was a lucky man not to have been seen fouling Wilson in the box, but United had the edge all evening despite a strong game by AFCB.

Bournemouth made two changes bringing in Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson to the starting kine up and moving Dan Gosling and Jermain Defoe to the bench. Harry Arter was also back on the subs bench.

Meanwhile, Man Utd made seven changes after their defeat to WBA out went Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku and in came Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian.

Match Descrption
AFCB lined up in red and black while Man Utd kicked off in an off white, grey shirt and white shorts. Bournemouth began well in possession and King won an early free kick. Fraser and Daniels stood over the ball 25 yards out, but it was touched to Francis and his shot was blocked.

Martial drifted down the AFCB right wing and Steve Cook had to concede the first corner, which Begovic punched away.

Fellaini beat Surman with ease in midfield, but Rashford was soon caught offside. Ibe battles through a couple of challenges before Steve Cook fouls Rashford.

Daniels and Fraser work well down the left forcing Herrera to clear hurriedly in front of Wilson. Martial is looking to be Man Utd's liveliest player, but Fellaini is offside.

Wilson almost out runs Phil Jones, but just loses out having run on from a ball through from Jordan Ibe on 10 minutes. Daniels finds Wilson up the left and he pulls it back to Ibe who pulls his shot wide for a goal kick!

Daniels just does enough to prevent a corner to Man Utd. Aké makes a good interception from Lingard's pass to Rashford. Man Utd win a corner, but nothing comes of it.

Luke Shaw tries to get a cross in but is blocked. Francis now gets flagged offside. Man Utd on the attack get a deep cross in to Fellaini but is kept out.

Bournemouth have a corner and Daniels is kept out on the short corner. AFCB are working the ball will but Aké's slip lets Rashford's shot is saved by Begovic and from the corner Lingard gets round the back and Smalling has an easy tap in on 27 minutes - 0-1 to United.

Ibe puts in a string cross but De Gea catches it well. Lewis Cook makes a forward run and Fraser gets a weak shot off. Ibe now wins a free-kick, but Aké can't make contact in the box. Pogba puts Martial through but he's offside.

Lewis Cook fouls Paul Pogba on 36 minutes. Surman heads the kick out for a corner. Man Utd are just keeping possession now. United are truing to stop AFCB playing out. Wilson wins a free kick to relieve some pressure.

Lingard plays Martial in but he's held back. AFCB now come forward but King can't find a team mate. The game is opening up. Wilson runs into Fellaini and Aké makes a run, now Ibe shoots and its parried out by De Gea. Steve Cook has to do some covering.

AFCB on the attack towards the end of the half. A long throw from Steve Cook as we go into a minute of added time and Francis' shot wins a corner. Francis wins the header, but it runs out wide until Ibe puts a cross back in which is cleared. Half time 0-1 to Utd.
My son Stephen waves his flags and was picked out by the BBC.
Second Half
Aké makes a mistake that is almost costly but Lingard does not make the most of it. Lewis Cook is carded for taking Lingard out from behind.

Lingard puts in Rashford but Aké holds him up for a goal kick. It's a positive start by United this half.

Wilson stretches his legs and picks up a corner for the Cherries on 50 minutes.

It's short but Surman's cross is cleared. Rashford's pull back is intercepted by Francis. Lewis Cook stops Pogba.

Daniels finds Ibe but Wilson does not read his pass. Francis deals with Martial. Fraser finds King and the cross to Wilson should go in, but Wilson does not make contact and Shaw holds him back - should be a penalty!

Mouseset has replaced Ibe on 56 minutes and AFCB have gone to a back three. Mousset gets a cross blocked and Daniels has his shot deflect for a corner. Lewis Cook has a free kick now on the right. Francis puts the cross in but Wilson knocks it out for a goal kick.

Wilson and Smalling are having a rough and tumble, interlocking arms. AFCB have the free kick and Smalling is carded. Aké. heads but does not get an AFCb player. Steve Cook gets a yellow for fouling Pogba on the break.

Lingard is replaced by Lukaku in 63 minutes. Martial's chip is claimed by Begovic. Lewis Cook on a run finds Wilson, but Jones gets back for a corner. King tries to get a shot in but it does not break for him with Jones hindering him. Fraser's cross is cleared.

Rashford is picked out on the edge of the Cherries box but his shot is deflected for a corner. Pigba is give an free kick right on the edge of the box after Surman has minimal contact with him. Lukaku hits the wall.

Surman is now carded for being late on Herrera. Rashford shoots and Begovic is down quickly to save on 69 minutes. Wilson is fouled by Darmian on half way.

King is away. Wilson loses the ball though. Pogba finds Lukaku and it's 0-2 to United on 70 minutes. AFCB were done on the break. Lukaku finishes with his left foot. King is now right wing and Mousset on the left of a front three for AFCB.

Lewis Cook comes away with the ball well. Dan Gosling replaces Surman on 74 minutes. Pogba plays in Martial who fouls Fraser.

Steve Cook finds trouble and AFCB have to make rash clearances in their box. AFCb having to fight hard to win the ball.

Fraser on the right but Smailling beats Wilson in the air. AFCB have a corner, Fellaini clears. Pogba is subbed for Blind on 80 minutes. Daniels cross is too high.

Mousset lets fly on the right side but hits it just over the angle. Defoe comes on for King on 82 minutes.

Wilson goes down in the box and nothing is given. Jones chopped across Wilson and Smalling got the ball back to De Gea. Fraser and Gosling come forward. Fraser's shot is blocked.

Martial dummies for Blind who air kicks the ball!Fraser puts in a great cross that Darmian puts out for  corner. Gosling shoots well over.

Martial pulls back a great chipped cross beating Francis but it's too high for Pogba. Wilson does well to recover the ball and AFCB have a corner from Darmian's header.

Four minutes of added time. Jermain Defoe handballs.  Wilson does a turn but can't keep the ball.

Francis has just to much to do. Fraser puts in a great cross. That's it full time 0-2 to United.

An unfortunate night for the Cherries, AFCB deserved a penalty for the pull back by Shaw on Callum Wilson but you don't always get them - in fact, Graham Scott didn't want to give hardly anything to the Cherries. The Cherries fought well and troubled United at times, but Mourinho's side were powerful enough to really hold AFCB off at arms length. The change of formation for AFCB in the second half gave them a much better ability to get forward, but United's goals were clinical and two goals to the good.

AFCB's starting line up
AFCB Subs: BorucArter, Simpson, Gosling, Pugh, Mousset, Defoe
AFCB Ratings
Begovic 6, Francis 6, S Cook 6, Aké 6, Daniels 5, Ibe 5, Surman 5, L Cook 8, Fraser 7, King 6, Wilson 6

MoM: Lewis Cook 8/10

Man Utd
De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba (Blind 80), Lingard (Lukaku 63), Rashford, Martial 

Man Utd Subs
Bailly, Sánchez, R Lukaku, Blindm Young, Matic, Castro Pereira

Referee Watch Graham Scott: 1/10 - shocking oversight for missed penalty and fell foul of giving as much as he could to the big named team.

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