Rovers lose out to AFC Bournemouth in Development game
Bristol Rovers 0
AFC Bournemouth 2
Our Development squad were beaten 2-0 by AFC Bournemouth in a highly entertaining game at the Friends Life Training Ground this afternoon.
Charlie Losasso opened the scoring with an amazing left foot volley in the first half, while Jayden Stockley added a second goal early in the second half.
A young Bournemouth side were the better side before the break, but Rovers hit back strongly in the second half and were close to reducing the arrears on a number of occasions.
On the positive side, Matt Harrold and Jordan Goddard completed an hour of the game with no ill effects, while Matt Gill and Garry Kenneth played the entire ninety minutes.
Ellis Harrison had seen an early effort saved by the Bournemouth keeper before Losasso’s goal, which arrived in the ninth minute. The youngster’s volley, from the edge of the penalty area, gave Gough no chance of saving.
The visitors hit the post in their next attack and Gough pulled off a good save to deny them a second goal.
At the other end Goddard was foiled by the visiting keeper, but Bournemouth continued to pile on the pressure and forced Gough into making another fine save before another effort rattled the crossbar.
Rovers did finish the half well and Matt Harrold, Mitch Harding and Goddard all went close to equalising.
Stockley’s goal was scored one minute after the restart, when he had the simple job of converting a right wing cross from close range.
The goal appeared to galvanise Rovers and they set about trying to reduce the arrears. Harrison saw one effort saved and then struck the upright with a stunning volley.
Pat Keary headed just wide and Shaquille Hunter’s free kick produced an outstanding save from the Cherries' goalkeeper, who also kept out another Harding effort before the end of the game.
Rovers: Conor Gough, Josh Southway, Garry Kenneth, Pat Keary, Jake Green, Ellis Harrison, Matt Gill, Jordan Goddard (George Rigg, 60), Shaquille Hunter (Danny Greenslade, 75), Matt Harrold (Jamie Lucas, 60), Mitch Harding