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Bournemouth U18
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Newport County U18
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ACADEMY PREVIEW| The Young Exiles travel to Bournemouth in last match of the calendar year

18 December 2017

This Tuesday, the Young Exiles travel to Bournemouth after having their fixture against Cheltenham postponed last weekend; with Byron Anthony’s team aiming to end 2017 with a win against Alan Connell’s side.

We preview the Cherries’ last five matches, previous fixtures between the two sides and a lowdown on the backroom staff ahead of our vital fixture against Alan Connell’s Bournemouth.


Past Matches

The Young Exiles have already played Bournemouth at Twice this season, losing 3-1 in the Youth Alliance Cup last month with Owen Taylor scoring the only goal for County in the sides first encounter.

Our most recent encounter was a 2-0 loss to the Cherries at Lliswerry School, with a 77th minute goal from Jake Scrimshaw and Gavin Kilkenny’s first-half strike handing the Young Exiles their 2nd defeat of the season at home in the league.

County’s first game of 2017 was against The Cherries - which resulted in a 2-0 loss at home on January 7th.

However, the Young Exiles did register a win against the South-Coast side in the 16/17 season, with one goal enough for all three points in a narrow 1-0 win.


Backroom Staff

Alan Connell 

Bournemouth are currently managed by Alan Connell, after he was given the role in July having previously worked within the academy last season.

The 34-year-old is a former professional footballer - Connell’s former sides include Bournemouth, Brentford and Bradford City after a 15-year career as a well-traveled forward.

Alan Connell achieved promotions with Bradford, Swindon and his current employers, Bournemouth. During his spell at Bradford, he was a part of the side which made it to the League Cup final and gained promotion from League Two in 2013 after winning the play-off final.

Joe Roach

Joe Roach is Bournemouth’s Head of Academy, with his association with the club spanning over 13 years.  Roach has held many roles over the years, with the former head of youth also performing as caretaker for the first-team on two separate occasions.

Steve Manning

Steve Manning is the Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach, who joined the club in 2015, after being at Portsmouth as Head of Academy Goalkeeping.


Last Five Fixtures

The Cherries currently sit 2nd in the league table, but were pacesetters at the beginning of the season before postponements allowed Exeter City to climb into 1st.

Bournemouth have lost two games from their last five, with a narrow 3-2 defeat condemning them to their second league defeat of the season and a loss in the Youth Alliance cup to Exeter ruining any chances of regaining the trophy they won last season.

Emphatic wins against Hull, Forest Green Rovers and Oxford mean that Alan Connell’s cherries head into the clash unbeaten in three matches.


Match Details

The match will take place at Canford Park Training Ground, Magna Road, Wimborne, BH21 3AP – with the fixture set to kick-off at 12:00. (Midday)


Follow Along

You can follow match updates on the official academy Twitter @Youth_County, which will keep you updated with live updates from Bournemouth as the Young Exiles look to pick-up their first win over the south-coast side this season.

Good Luck, Boys!

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Match Reports

ACADEMY REPORT| Lewis Collins double not enough for the Young Exiles to overcome an in-form Bournemouth side

20 December 2017

Our U18 side fell to a 4-2 defeat at Canford Park Training ground, with a double from Ashley Pope and goals from Jake Scrimshaw and Luke Nippard leading Alan Connell’s Bournemouth side to their fourth win in a row.

County started the game well with Modou Touray making an instant impact in his first game for Byron Anthony’s side since his loan spell at Merthyr Town.  The forward put a brilliant ball into the box, which found the head of Liam Bishop, who couldn’t quite direct his attempt on target from close range with three minutes played.

Only a minute later, Captain Jay Foulston almost caught out Cherries ‘keeper Calum Ward with a powerful low-strike strike, after being set-up from a free-kick.  Ward only just managed to keep the shot out.

Modou Touray continued to make an impact on the game and in the 5th minute he had a chance to head the ball past Ward, but couldn’t put the Young Exiles ahead, dragging his header wide.

Despite County enjoying a spell of dominance, they were handed a reminder of why Bournemouth were unbeaten in their last three matches. Forward Ashley Pope capitalized on poor defensive play from the visitors, scoring his second goal in as many games after smashing home a volley from close-range in the 9th minute.

With 19 minutes played, Josh Williams, who had scored three goals in his previous four games coming into the match, unleashed a powerful volley from outside the box, but his attempt narrowly went over the crossbar.

Soon enough, the Young Exiles were level; Touray picked the ball up on the edge of the Bournemouth half, managing to keep the ball in play, and then produced a brilliant ball to put Lewis Collins through on goal. Collins beat two players, before he kept his composure to finish past Ward in the 20th minute.

It took Bournemouth just four minutes to respond to Lewis Collins’ equaliser, with Jake Scrimshaw putting Bournemouth back in front, finishing past Matt Mayor from close-range after capitalising on a mistake. 

Scrimshaw also scored in the previous meeting between the two sides, sealing a 2-0 win at Lliswerry School.

Lewis Collins looked to draw County level against the hosts, but his shot drifted just wide of the post with 26 minutes played at Canford Park.

Bournemouth were put under pressure yet again, after Modou Touray was fouled from 30 yards-out. Evan Press stepped up to take the set-piece, and his delivery was superb, but nobody could get on the end of the free-kick which allowed the Cherries to clear.

The hosts went close to doubling their lead through Charlie Seaman, but his long-ranged effort didn’t trouble Mayor with it going over the bar.

Byron Anthony’s side went into the break 2-1 down, after Jake Scrimshaw capitalized on a mistake, putting Bournemouth back ahead, arguably against the run of play.

Midfielder Josh Williams picked up an injury at half-time, which meant Owen Taylor replaced him at the start of the second-half. Josh was brought off for precautionary measures and isn’t expected to miss any fixtures.

Bournemouth started the half strongly, but it would be County who managed to find a goal and draw the scores level. Tom Hillman made a tricky run on the right, before passing the ball back to Owen Taylor, who made a brilliant run before hitting a cross into the box, Collins managed to control the cross before placing his shot into the bottom-left corner in the 53rd minute.

The Wales U17 international then found himself with a golden chance, only three minutes later. Evan Press delivered another brilliant free-kick, which eventually found its way to Ward, and he parried to ball Lewis Collins, but he could only hit the post from a tight angle.

County were left to rue their missed chance, as Luke Nippard caught Matt Mayor off-guard, as his shot took a massive deflection, leaving the Mayor caught out and helpless to prevent the 61st minute goal.

Jake Scrimshaw made way for Connal Morrison with 62 minutes played as Alan Connell looked to hold onto his side’s lead.

In an attempt to find an all-important goal, with 68 minutes gone, Byron Anthony made his second and third substitutions of the afternoon, with Michael Cook and Owura Edwards coming on for Tom Hillman and Liam Bishop.

Defender Tom Savigar picked up a free-kick, which set Jay Foulston up to hit a shot from 30 yards-out, but his attempt went out for a goal kick in the 73rd minute.

Only two minutes later, Tom Pope found himself through on goal, Mayor tried to stop the forward from getting on the end of the pass, but he could only parry the ball. Meaning that Pope finished into an open goal to make it 4-2 to Bournemouth and double his goal tally for the afternoon.

Bournemouth made one final change, with Clements making way for Zeno-Ibsen-Rossi with only seven minutes remaining.

Byron Anthony’s side had one final chance, with Joe Hunt having a volley saved from close-range at the death, meaning the Young Exiles fell to their second league defeat against Bournemouth, despite giving a good account of themselves against the south-coast side.


County Starting XI: Mayor, Savigar, Hunt, Josh Williams (Owen Taylor 45’), Beckett, Foulston (c), Collins, Press, Touray, Bishop (Michael Cook 68’), Hillman (Owura Edwards 68’).

Subs Not Used: Lucas Murray, Liam Warman.

Bournemouth Starting XI: Ward, Seaman, Hanfrey, Dinsmore, Camp, Sherring (c), Scrimshaw (Connal Morrison 62’), Nippard, Pope, Clements (Zeno Ibsen-Rossi 83’), Glover.

Subs Not Used: Tom Parker-Trott, Brooklyn Genes Zeno Ibsen-Rossi.


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