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Academy Make Winning Cup Start

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Monday October 8, 2012 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

Academy Make Winning Cup Start by Neil Weld

PHOTO: Andy Awford and Academy youngsters (taken when in Nigeria)

Pompey got their Football League Youth Alliance Cup campaign underway with a comfortable 4-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

The Blues took the lead after just eight minutes when the hosts failed to properly clear the ball and George Branford volleyed home from the edge of the box.

Bradley Tarbuck then doubled their advantage midway through the first half, converting Jack Maloney’s cut-back.

Moments later, Maloney met Tarbuck’s low cross at the far post and tapped home Pompey’s third.

Lewis Horsburgh completed the scoring just after the interval, latching onto Branford’s through ball and slotting into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Academy manager Andy Awford said: “It was the first of our group stage matches and it’s good to get off to a winning start – you don’t want to be chasing your tail.

“We were 3-0 up by half-time and in total control. We dominated and played some really pleasing football.

“Lewis then scored a fourth after the break to put it to bed and we saw out the rest of the game in an extremely professional manner.

“We’ve done a lot of defensive work in training recently and I was delighted with how solid we looked.

“To be fair, we’ve played as well as that this season, but the big difference was that on this occasion we took our chances.

“It was an all-round good performance and now I want to see us build on this result in our next few matches.”

Pompey: O’Hara; Medway, Warren (c) (Field 67), Whatmough, Triggs; Awford, Branford (Close 57); Tarbuck (Hartson 57), Kim, Maloney; Horsburgh

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