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Bournemouth hit for six by AFC Portchester

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Bournemouth Poppies were on the end of a thrashing, as AFC Portchester easily won 6-1.

In a fairly close first half the Royals took a 2-0 lead, through a Nathan Paxton strike and a Steve Ramsey penalty.

Portchester then extended their lead early in the second half after a Mike Turvey strike, before Karol Rog reduced the deficit shortly after.

However, any chance of a comeback was quickly extinguished as Portchy added a further three goals to their tally, with Ramsey, Turvey and Paxton completing their braces.

Manager Leonardo Cabeleira made just one change from Bournemouth’s 1-0 home defeat to AFC Stoneham last week, as Edgar Zanin replaced Rafael Santos.

AFC Portchester had the first meaningful chance of the game, as a cross was headed back to Paxton, but his close range header was saved by James Mayo in the Bournemouth goal.

Poppies then went close to scoring themselves as a decent piece of passing play set Karol Rog up to shoot in the penalty area, but he blasted his effort over.

In the 16th minute Bournemouth had their best chance of the half, as a cross from Lewis Coulson hit a defender before ricocheting off the post and out for a corner.

The Royals then punished Bournemouth for their lack of efforts on goal by taking the lead.

A defence-splitting pass left Paxton completely through on goal. He then rounded Mayo to slot in.

Paxton then somehow didn’t double his tally a few minutes later, as he skied over from a few yards after a low cross found him.

However, the midfielder then won a penalty in the 39th minute, which Ramsey duly dispatched.

The Poppies had a lot to do in the second half, and didn’t make their task any easier by conceding a third in the 49th minute.

A flicked pass set Turvey through on goal, and he had plenty of time to pick his spot past Mayo.

Just ten minutes later though and Bournemouth had a glimmer of hope. Rog found shooting space on the left-hand side, and curled the ball around Portchester goalkeeper Snelling at his near post.

However, Ramsey placed an effort beyond Mayo a few moments later to end any chance of Bournemouth getting a point.

Bournemouth tried to add to their tally with Jake Harvey shooting wide and Rog firing straight at Portchester goalkeeper Snelling, but it was to no avail.

The attacking play from the Poppies kept breaking down at vital moments, with many key passes going astray.

The Royals concluded their scoring with a Turvey strike that Mayo got a hand to but couldn’t prevent going in, and a Paxton strike across goal.

In the end it was a disappointing display, and one that will need to be rectified next week at home to Hamble Club.

Cuffie “This is how far we’ve come”

Poppies manager Michael Cuffie reflected on the progress of his side after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Gosport Borough.

Despite trailing to the Southern Premier side until the final three minutes, Poppies capped off another Hampshire Senior Cup comeback to triumph emphatically on spot-kicks.

The second-round clash looked set to end in the visitors’ favour, before a last-gasp Poppies equaliser sparked scenes of jubilation at Victoria Park. Fawzi Saadi then smashed home the decisive penalty to send the Winton-based outfit into the third round.

Cuffie admitted that he was confident about his side’s chances heading into the clash: “What a game. What a result. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty confident before the game. I was also confident during the game, we played some really nice stuff.”

The manager also emphasised the improvement among his ranks, as Poppies ensured another late victory to surge forward in another cup competition. But this is how far we’ve come. Two leagues above, and they were hanging on at 2-1. We scored in the last three minutes to take it to penalties – job done!

It’s nice. All our hard work, all the work behind the scenes, everything we’re putting together, it’s all working very well. It’s about enjoying it when you win.” also said with enthusiasm.

Gosport twice edged into the lead during a relentless showing at a windy Victoria Park. On 15 minutes, a corner whipped into the Poppies’ penalty area was headed beyond Sam Jones.

Manny Ohameje then cropped up at the far post to prod home the leveller, before the visitors retook the lead after Jones’ superb parry was slotted into the empty net from close range.

Cuffie revealed what he said to his players during the interval: We were 2-1 down, and I told them at half-time how pleased I was. They were sitting with their heads down because they don’t have the losing mentality.

We’re not used to losing, and that’s what keeps them going. Fair play to them, they got what they deserved because they deserved to win the game.” admitted Cuffie. 

Déjà vu

A tightly-contested second half saw Poppies squander several fine openings, with  Fawzi Saadi, Mickey Finch and Ali Zintany all forcing the Gosport goalkeeper into a string of fine saves But on the stroke of 90 minutes, chaos in the visiting penalty area ensued and a red and white shirt was on hand to smash home and send the tie to penalties.

Similar to the first-round drama at Bashley, a last-gasp goal was capped off with five unerring spot kicks. A plunging stop from Jones down to his left sealed Poppies’ spot in the next round.

After his heroics, including a breath-taking stop as Gosport searched for a winner in additional time, goalkeeper Jones admitted he was ‘ecstatic’.

I’m feeling great. I had a feeling he was going to place his penalty, and as soon as it came off his foot I knew I’d save it. It feels brilliant to be in the next round.