Thursday, 3 August 2017

Afobe grabs a brace as Yeovil are sunk 1-3

Match Report
Yeovil 1 v 3 AFCB
2nd August 2017
Attendance 3473 (with 1013 AFCB fans)
Pugh and Afobe combined for AFCB's third goal.
The Cherries had to come from behind against Division Two Yeovil Town and by half time they had turned a deficit by Keston Davies into a 1-2 scoreline, with Lys Mousset and Benik Afobe again on the score sheet. There was plenty of breeze and inclement weather at Huish Park, as both teams gave the keepers work to do, but by the end of the first half Bournemouth were firmly in control. The lead was extended further when Afobe finished off a pull back from Pugh, after a super ball in from Surman to Pugh behind Yeovil's back line. 1-3 was perhaps favourable on Yeovil who were run ragged at times, but the Cherries have some wonderful options for the new season looking at this performance.

The team choice was fairly predictable with Federici getting a start again and Afobe having overcome his ill health getting his starting boots on. Brad Smith and Baily Cargill also gained more minutes from the start.

Andrew Surman was the guiding light to AFCB's first half play, directing play and setting up moves for the attackers. Although Bournemouth fell behind to a header from Keston Davies, they kept up the pressure on the Yeovil goal and were rewarded with a superb pass from Ryan Fraser to put Lys Musset through on goal and he finished with great skill around the half hour mark. Having got level it didn't take any time for the Cherries to slip another goal in and Benik Afobe had a simple job to finish off a header from Aké to make it 1-2 by half time.

Yeovil started the second half with more intent and Adam Smith was first to feel a heavy foul. Aké is just so calm and controlled on the ball that Arter wanted to give the ball to the centre-back all the time. Surman almost put Afobe in with a clever reverse ball, but Benik was offside.

Surman then picked out Pugh beautifully and the cross from Pugh was met by Afobe running in!! 1-3 - easy as you like, Afobe extends the lead. Mousset then went for a long range effort that is miles over - bit of a waste really!

Arter gave away a cynical foul, pulling back the Yeovil winger, after a signature Cruijff turn from Pugh. Bournemouth's players were looking much more comfortable on the ball in this game to previous summer matches, they had time to pick their passes. Yeovil look a bit bedazzled by the Bournemouth play. It's one surge after another for Bournemouth and a keeper change for Yeovil finally breaks things up.

There is no rest bite, Afobe and Brad Smith use scintillating footwork to keep a move going. This is like torture for Yeovil players. Even when they get the ball, they can't break on the Cherries who swarm all over them.

AFCB make some subs with Ramsdale, Worthington and Butcher coming on for Federici, Brad Smith and Adam Smith. Surman with a delightful ball through to Mousset sees the Frenchman set his sights on goal, but his shot os blocked and Arter is fouled.

AFCB are just too strong for Yeovil, better teams would have struggled against the Cherries tonight. Yeovil get a corner off of Arter. Ramsdale is liking the short goal kicks but there is no margin for error.

Yeovil are getting chased in their own half. That's it 1-3.

A tantalising taste if just how good AFCB can be. All the players came off that pitch with great endeavour being shown and excellent quality. It was slick and purposeful football and Yeovil had no answer to it. The Cherries will be tough to beat this season if they can keep this kind of standard up. Surman was in his element - a fantastic game from AFCB's vice captain.

Official AFCB Tweets
05: Plenty of early possession. A Smith and Fraser looking lively down the right. No chances so far.
06: Close! Pugh finds space before letting fly from 25 yards. It forces a smart save from the 'keeper.
09: Cross or shot? Brad Smith fires in from the left forcing Krysiak into another smart save.
12: Mousset escapes in the right channel before seeing a shot well saved. All us at the moment!
15: Goal. Yeovil lead, as Keston Davies nods home from a corner kick.
19: Super cross-field pass from Surman finds Pugh, who then tees up Brad Smith. He shoots over.
27: Great pass from Surman. He clips a ball over the defence and into Afobe, who loses his footing.
28: And now Surman strikes first time from distance to force Krysiak in to another clever save!
GOAL! Fraser's clever reverse ball to Mousset, who dinks over the onrushing goalkeeper!
GOAL! Make that two! Ake's header from a corner is fumbled, with Afobe on hand to turn home!35: Fraser sends in corner and Ake rises highest to meet it. The keeper gets down well but Afobe is there to poke home the loose ball.
44: So close again for Mousset! He shrugs off a couple of defenders before smashing against the
Lovely little L1 + circle finish from Lys Mousset
38: It's one-way traffic, with Surman again striking from range. His shot is well saved.
43: Mousset takes on his man and is the only one forward so tries his luck from the edge of the box!
The result? A rebound straight off Krysiak's post!
HALF TIME: YTFC 1-2 afcb. Mousset and Afobe on target in positive first half showing.

Second half
46: We're back underway. Simpson has replaced Cargill at the break.
GOAL! Great team move and it's three! Afobe coverts from Pugh's pull back after an incisive through ball from Surman!
53: A quiet start to this second half but the first action brings a goal with it. A great team move sees Afobe grabs his second of the game after latching on to Pugh's pullback.
55: Mousset takes a shot from range with no-one closing him in but it's fired high over the bar.
65: Artur Krysiak has had a good game between the sticks for Yeovil but he is replaced along with the goalscorer Keston Davies.
66: Great vision Fraser, as he plays in Adam Smith down the right. He fires across the face of goal.
71: It's all us at the moment. Yeovil seeing very little of the ball. Surman and Arter controlling.
72: Federici, Adam Smith and Brad Smith are replaced by Ramsdale, Butcher and Worthington.
73: Afobe nearly has his hat-trick! Yeovil mess up at the back and the striker can latch on to a wayward header. However, the conditions make it difficult to strike well and it's straight at the Glovers' 'keeper. 76: Ok, ok ... we have another contender for pass of the day. Surman plays a delightful 30-yard ball through to Mousset but the defender keeps pace with him and nothing comes of the move. A fantastic piece of play from the midfielder nonetheless.
77: Mousset skips around a couple of challenges before seeing a shot blocked.
81: Another good save from Krysiak, this time denying Fraser from the right channel!
Full time! A dominant performance from the Cherries, with Afobe (2) and Mousset on target. It ends 1-3.

Yeovil Town
Krysiak, Alfei, Davies, N. Smith, Dickson, Gray, Bailey, C. Smith, Khan, Zoko, Olomola.

Yeovil Subs
Maddison, James, Sowunmi, Gyebi, Santos, Browne, Booty, Trialists x4.

Federici (Ramsdale), A Smith (Worthington), Cargill, Ake, B Smith (Butcher), Fraser, Arter, Surman, Pugh, Mousset, Afobe

Ramsdale, Simpson, Worthington, Butcher, Dobre, Whitfield, Cornick, Taylor, Surridge

AFCB Ratings
Federici 6 (Ramsdale 5), A Smith 6 (Worthington 5), Cargill 6, Ake 8, B Smith 7 (Butcher 5), Fraser 6, Arter 6, Surman 9, Pugh 7, Mousset 7, Afobe 7

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