Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - 7:45pm - Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
Venue: Mackoy Stadium
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv Mclean (Owen Roundell 46), Owen Royl, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Brad Targett, Byron Mason ©, Dan Mason (Josh Carey 84), Stu Green (Joe Smith 82), Jake Hoole. Unused sub : Lee Wort
AFC Bournemouth: Will Dennis, Dinesh Gillela, Jordan Zemura ©, Zeno Rossi, Sam Sherring, Gavin Kilkenny, Matt Butcher, Alex Dobre, Jordon Ibe, Jaidon Anthony. Subs: Keelan O'Connell, Billy Terrell, Tyrell Hamilton, Euan Pollock, Matt Burgess
Referee: Alex Blake Assistants: Robert Walczak & Sam Hunt
Sholing were defeated in the Hampshire Cup by a stronger than expected AFC Bournemouth side, who included Jordon Ibe in their line-up. Some clinical finishing and good ball retention was expected from a team full of professionals, but Sholing played their part, never backed down and deserved to get on the scoresheet.
Team News: Marv McLean returned after injury, with Brad Targett replacing Lee Wort up front as Diapes rotated as much as player availability allowed. All the pre-match attention was on the AFC Bournemouth line-up, which included former Liverpool & England U21 winger, Jordon Ibe. He had cost the Cherries £15m when he moved south, and I'd be surprised if any player with that market valuation has featured in a local cup match against a Step 4 Non League side, ever before. Elsewhere, the Bournemouth side had several players who have been part of the Cherries first team squad in League Cup or FA Cup ties.
It was the 3rd time in 5 seasons that the two clubs have faced each other in this competition and the rising standard & physical size of the AFC Bournemouth side, probably does reflect how their academy has rapidly improved in that time. The visitors had a team support & media staff of around 20 people, to further highlight the vast gulf in money between the top of the game and where Sholing have to beg and work hard for every penny we can get.
Probably the last thing the Boatmen wanted to do was gift the visitors an early goal, but sadly that was the case in the 2nd minute as from a Sholing corner, dwelling on the ball and then giving it away, allowed the Cherries to speed forward in superior numbers with Dobre skillfully rounding Gosney before squaring to Jaidon Anthony for the tap in.
Boatmen were looking dangerous down the right flank and when space opened up in the channel, Brad Targett sped between two players and into the box before smacking a rasping shot that cannoned off the post. AFC Bournemouth doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Ibe dropped a shoulder and got into the box to set up Alex Dobre to sweep the ball past Gos and into the corner.
Sholing had a good period of pressure, which contained some nice passing football, seeing Dan Mason hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that just cleared the crossbar, before he looked to finish off a fantastic one touch move down the right flank with an angled shot inside the box that forced Will Dennis into a terrific save. HT 0-2
Stu Green hooked a shot wide after the restart, but the visitors made the game safe by going 3-0 up in the 48th minute. Zemura was tripped in the box and Jordon Ibe scored the resultant penalty. It became an even harder game for the Sholing lads as the Cherries were able to keep possession on an energy sapping pitch and it took a brilliant goal-line clearance from Jake Hoole to keep them from scoring again. Gosney also made a couple of good saves as it was one-way traffic for a while.
It was no surprise when AFC Bournemouth got their 4th goal with more incisive play as Dobre fed Jaidon Anthony to pass the ball into the net. To their credit, Sholing never let their heads drop and worked hard to the final whistle and went close to a consolation when Stu Green fired just over the bar. Owen Royl put in a great block to deny a 5th goal that would have been harsh on the Boatmen. All things considered, a good performance by Sholing with everyone putting in a shift against a talented professional opposition, who operate on a level so far above where we are on and off the pitch. FT 0-4
Next Game : Cirencester Town v Sholing - Southern League - Saturday 3pm