Sunday, 6 September 2020

Bournemouth blows West Ham away 3-5 to win Betway Cup

Jason Tindall has won his first match as AFCB's manager and he has picked up the Betway Cup in a sparkling game at the London Stadium that saw eight goals. What was good to see about this Bournemouth performance was that everyone wanted the ball. I just wonder that with some of the big names not playing for the Cherries anymore, perhaps there is a better team spirit now? It feels like the cobb webs of last season have finally been cut away and a fresher looking Cherries are emerging, battled scared but ready to put right some of the wrongs of last season.

Bournemouth sharpens its shooting at the London Stadium

Bournemouth picked quite an experimental team for this Betway Cup match. Jordan Archer won his first appearance for the first team in goal having trained with the team in midweek. It was very exciting to see Danjuma also given free rein to play up next to Solanke, which gave him plenty of opportunities to stretch his legs. Stanislas too looked menacing on the right, while the left side was bolstered by Adam Smith and Diego Rico.

AFCB: Archer, Stacey, Simpson, Mepham (Anthony 59), Rico (Zemura 77), Stanislas (Kilkenny 77), Lerma (Billing 45), L Cook (Jodan 77), A Smith (Pugh 63), Danjuma (Gosling 45), Solanke (Ofoborh).

Subs: Dennis, Jordan, Zemura, Ofoborh, Billing, Gosling, Kilkenny, Pugh, Anthony.

West Ham: Martn, Johnson, Diopp, Ogbonna (Wilshere 63), Noble (Balbuena 63), Fornals (Snodgrass 82), Lanzini, Bowen (Masuaka), Antonio, (Anderson 62) Haller (Silva 82)
Subs: Trott, Balbuena, Fredericks, Masuaku, Wilshere, Snodgrass, Anderson, Coventry, Silva, Cullen


Match Description
Danjuma beats two on halfway and has Ogbonna to get past on the left. He cuts inside and firest into the far corner Bournemouth 0-1 up in just five minutes. Adam Smith breaks and Solanke makes it 0-2 from the six-yard box on 17 minutes. Bournemouth is playing with confidence and poise that was absent during the last six months of last season. 

Rico was excellent at bringing the ball out of defence. Mepham and Simpson were assured at the back and it was a partnership that would perhaps only be back-up when the league got going but it looked really strong.

Johnson was subbed by Fredericks on 25 minutes. West Ham was winning the odd free kick but had not players looking to get on the end of balls into the box.

Lanzini is subbed for Josh Cullen on 32 minutes. Great ball in from Stanislas on the right and it falls just behind Danjuma after the defender missed it. That could have been 0-3, so unlucky.


A blocked shot bounced up for Bowen who pulls a goal back for West Ham on 32 minutes 1-2.

Antonio gets in behind but can't find a West Ham shirt the ball is out on the left and comes back in. Bowen has found space and heads in to make it 2-2 on 40 minutes. Bournemouth's defence was asleep there.

Danjuma has a pop from distance, but Martin has it covered. Antonio hits a shot on the turn and Archer is down to his left to save.

Lerma loses possession to Bowen, but the pass is overhit and Bournemouth has a goal kick. Danjuma has given it away. 

Second half
Philip Billing is on for Lerma. Simpson's header drops for Haller, but he volleys high and over. Gosling is also on for Danjuma. Gosling plays a ball in for Slanke but it's too strong.

Gosling in for Solanke with Martin committed, but Solanke can't find a pass with the keeper out of his goal. Stanislas is playing upfront now with Solanke.

Smith puts a deep cross in but Solanke can't make anything of it. Simpson has to get across to stop a Hammers breakaway. Billing cuts it back Square, Stanislas dummies and Gosling hits the shot which is deflected for a corner. Great move from Bournemouth.

Both teams are pitting the tackles in. Billing and Solanke run through Solanke beats the keeper but can't find a shot. He shoots now and hits the post. It's back out to Billing, his shot is blocked. Gosling now comes in and blasts the ball off the top of the crossbar and into the net on 57 minutes 2-3. Bournemouth has the lead back.

Antonio is fouled by Gosling, Mepham is subbed and Solanke. Anthony is on and Ofoborh. I am not sure where all this precise finishing is coming from but Bournemouth looks sharp in front of the goal.

Anthony down the left and Adam Smith takes over rifling a shot into the bottom right corner on 62 minutes. It's 2-4 now.

Anderson on from Antonio. Ogbonna is replaced by Wilshere on 63 minutes. Noble is also replied by Balbuena and Bowen is off for Mauwaku.

Marc Pugh is on for Adam Smith. Gosling and Jayden Anton makes room fr a shot and picks out the top corner of the net 5-2. An absolute rocket!

Pugh tests the West Ham defence with a good cross. Gosling wins a free kick in a good position - Stanislas will take it. The shot is blocked for a corner. Billing back to Stanislas and Lewis Cook shoots wide

Kilkenny and Jordan come on for Stanislas and Lewis Cook on 77 minutes Rico is off too and Zemura replaces him.


Gosling has won another free kick. Fornals is subbed for Snodgrass. Haller is replaced by Silva as well on 82 minutes.

West Ham has a corner. Felipe Anderson gets a near-post header in that beats Archer to make the score 3-5. Ofoborgh on the overlap with Anthony can't find a green shirt.

Stacey concedes a free kick. Balbuena can only hit a weak shot at Archer. Anthony is offside. There are just three minutes of added time to go.

Anderson is caught offside. Bournemouth wins their first trophy since winning the Championship in 2015.

Adam Smith goes to collect the Betway Cup
It was great to see a controlled performance from a Bournemouth side. JT has won his first match as a Bournemouth manager and picks up the Betway Cup to boot. There were plenty of positives about the way Bournemouth played so freely and their finishing was spot on for most of the 90 minutes. The pick of the goals was provably Gosling and Anthony's, but King and Wilson weren't really missed. Marc Pugh made a return to a Bournemouth team and many new players from the U21s looked like they could step up this coming season. 

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