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Pompey Academy got back to winning ways against Alan McLoughlin’s Swindon Town yesterday at Furze Lane to end a run of four straight defeats.
Theo Widdrington, Jez Bedford and Kyle McDowell were all sidelined through injury, whilst leading scorer Harvey Bradbury was ruled out due to suspension.
Despite the missing players, the young Blues’ demonstrated fight and determination to come from behind to win 2-1 with goals from Dan Smith following Ousman Saidy’s cross with just 12 minutes to go, before Matt Mayes stunning 30-yard last-minute strike sealed all three points.
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Pompey Academy: Hall, Chandler (Casey 58), Saidy, Wakely, Hancott, Brooks, Read, Smith, Woodward (Lethbridge 86), Scutt, Mayes
Pompey Academy return to Furze Lane on Saturday (11.30am KO) where they host Exeter City in the EFL Youth Alliance SW.
Last weekend, the Blues’ maintained their unbeaten start to the season by coming from behind to beat Yeovil 2-1 at Furze Lane.
Yeovil took the lead from the penalty spot, but Eddie Wakley made amends for conceding it before the break with a header from a cross by Tommy Scutt.
Theo Widdrington then nodded in the winner from close range in the second half to take his tally to four goals in three games.
Academy coach Mikey Harris told the club website: “We started the game really well, dominating possession and creating plenty of chances.
It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before we went ahead, but as so often happens in these situations, Yeovil caught us napping on the counter-attack.
They got down the side, their striker showed a good bit of skill to come inside and Eddie just left his leg hanging to trip him. It was a definite penalty that was slammed into the bottom corner.
Eddie atoned for his mistake with a good header after Tommy had hung a cross up at the back post and we went in level at half-time.
The lads were a bit disappointed not to be ahead, but we told them that there were still another 45 minutes.
It was more open in the second half, however, and Nick Hall made some key saves, while we also had plenty of chances at the other end.
Harvey Bradbury had a couple of headed opportunities, one hitting the post and the other going narrowly wide.
Sam Woodward was also very unlucky with a well-hit volley that was superbly saved by the Yeovil keeper.
But Theo kept his great scoring run going. He was playing centre-back at the time and came up for a long throw which ricocheted off the woodwork and sat up nicely for him.
It’s probably the easiest goal he’ll ever get, but he’s taking great delight in telling everyone that he’s currently our top scorer!
Nick then made another fine save to ensure that we took the three points and I thought it was a result we deserved.
We just need to make sure that we convert more of our chances when they present themselves and that’s something we’ll be working on.”
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Pompey: Hall; Chandler, Casey (Whiting 70), Wakley, McDowell; Widdrington, Scutt; Bedford, Smith (Mayes 61), Bradbury; Woodward (Dandy 86)
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Two matches in four days saw Pompey Academy firstly draw 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Youth Alliance SW on Saturday followed by a convincing comeback to win 4-2 in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup over Exeter City on Tuesday.
In the league, a disappointing result after the Blues’ had led 2-0 with goals from Tommy Scutt and Dan Smith, but one which coach Mikey Harris said the team would learn from. Speaking to the club website he said:
“You’re always going to be disappointed not to win when you’ve got such a commanding lead. It’s a learning curve for the boys because when you’re 2-0 up at home, you should be able to see the game out. That has given us something to work in training and hopefully we’ll be better for the experience.”
Fast forward to Tuesday and it was the turn of the Blues’ to dig deep to overcome a half-time 2-0 deficit at a hot Furze Lane against Exeter City in Round 1 of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
A sparking second-half team display saw Pompey hit four goals to sail through into Round 2.
Theo Widdrington started the comeback converting a corner at the far post, before levelling with a shot which smashed into the back of the net via the post.
With their tails up, the Blues’ sensed victory and shortly after, Matt Mayes netted from a loose ball in the box to make it 3-2.
Matt Mayes put the tie beyond doubt with a header from a Theo Widdrington free-kick to seal the win.
Post-match Academy coach Mikey Harris told the club website:
“It was a contest between two good attacking sides who were trying to score goals – a proper cup tie.
The message to the boys at the break was to build on the flashes they had shown us, relax a bit and play with more freedom.
They took that on board and we were much better in the second half – it’s amazing what a shot of confidence can do.”
You can view photos from the cup win here.
Pompey v Plymouth Argyle: Hall; Chandler, Wakley (Casey 70), Saidy, McDowell; Widdrington, Scutt; Bedford, Smith (Mayes 62), Woodward (Read 83); Bradbury
Pompey v Exeter City: Hall; Chandler, Saidy (Casey 80), Wakley, McDowell (Hancott 80); Widdrington, Scutt; Bedford, Smith (Mayes 62), Woodward (Read 62); Bradbury
Pompey Academy travel to Bristol Rovers this Saturday (27/8) in the EFL Youth Alliance SW.
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