Relive the action on our live blog as AFC Bournemouth Under 21s squandered a 3-0 half time lead but recovered to seal a 5-4 victory over Plymouth Argyle Under 21s.
Mikael Ndjoli’s brace and goals from Jaiden Anthony, Emmerson Hyndman and Frank Vincent help secure the win despite a spirited and highly commendable second half come back from the Pilgrims.
Eddie Howe was in attendance to watch the side and most definitely had his eye on Ryan Fraser, who was making his first appearance after suffering injury recently. The ‘Weeman’ got the best part of 80 minutes under his belt but was unable to make a significant impact on the game.
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FULL TIME: AFC Bournemouth U21s 5-4 Plymouth Argyle U21s
It was touch and go for the large part of the second half and I certainly never thought I would be saying that we had a nine goal thriller on our hands at half time but there you have it, the Cherries win!
Ndjoli certainly impressed, as well as Anthony, Hyndman and Vincent, unfortunately Fraser didn’t quite live up the billing.
Argyle were excellent in the second half and can head home with their heads held high but is the Cherries day on this occasion and Carl Fletcher will be a very relieved man.
86 MINS: Argyle hit the bar twice! Fletcher smacks the crossbar with a volley in his attempts to bag a hat trick! On the follow up Sarcevic has a great effort from outside the box which also hits the bar! Full credit to Argyle for still fighting.
83 MINS: GOAL! Frank Vincent puts the Cherries back in front with a great strike which finds the bottom corner!
81 MINS: RED CARD Sokolik picks up a second yellow. That could be a game changer.
79 MINS: SUBSTITUTION
ON: Antonio Diaz
Fraser’s time is up today, shame we didn’t get to see his Premier League quality on show this afternoon.
77 MINS: Fraser goes close again! It would be great to see the ‘Weeman’ get on the scoresheet but his latest effort had flashed narrowly over the bar. Finally a bit of positive action to report for the Cherries in this second half.
72 MINS: Argyle remain on top and have gone close once again. Ciftci tried a shot from range and forced a save from Holmes.
Still left wondering how the Cherries have let this one slip away and how defeat can even be a contemplation…
71 MINS: SUBSTITUTION
OFF: Goode (TRIALIST)
ON: Nnamdi Ofoborh
66 MINS: GOAL Plymouth have equalised as Fletcher bags his second of the afternoon. From 3-0 down at half time, four goals in just 20 minutes have turned this game on his head! All signs point towards the visitors going and completing the seemingly unthinkable turnaround at this point!
61 MINS: SUBSTITUTION
OFF: Anthony, Hyndman
ON: Keelan O’Connell, Kyle Taylor
Great performances from Anthony and Hyndman, goals from both. They will certainly have caught Howe’s eye today.
57 MINS: GOAL. Unbelievable. Argyle are right back in this match now. What a crazy opening 12 minutes in the second half! Scorer of the visitors second goal Wylde puts in a great cross to find Fletcher, whose towering header beat Holmes at her near post.
53 MINS: An absolutely crazy start to the second half here, with three goals going in the space of three minutes!
What a complete contrast to the first half, Argyle looking a real threat and are dominating proceedings here at the Bournemouth Training Ground.
49 MINS: GOAL Argyle pull another one back courtesy of an emphatic strike from Wylde.0
47 MINS: GOAL! The Cherries respond straight away and Emmerson Hyndman finally has his deserved goal! The American midfielder was played in by Anthony, whose pass was superb.
46 MINS: GOAL Poor start to the half from the Cherries and Plymouth are back in the game thanks to a goal from Lameiras.
Half Time Talk: So who is Mikael Ndjoli?
Some of you may be wondering who is this young attacker and why you haven’t heard of him. After that first half performance it’s hard to forget the young English forward.
Mikael joined the Cherries at the beginning of the 2016/17 season after impressing for Millwall. Having also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Brentford, the forward scored 20 goals in 24 appearance at various youth level for the England national side.
Boasting that record, it is easy to know why the Cherries signed him on a on-year deal, which has since been extended. Ndjoli is certainly knocking on the door for a first team call-up but with five strikers above him in the pecking order breaking through is not going to be easy.
HALF TIME: AFC Bournemouth U21s 3-0 Plymouth Argyle U21s
A top performance from Carl Fletcher’s side in the first half, Ndjoli will have certainly made an impression and no doubt Howe will be pondering giving him a first team call up in the future if he keeps this form up in this game and those to come!
39 MINS: GOAL! Ndjoli grabs another goal! The striker will certainly be stealing the headlines today and what a time to do it to with Eddie Howe in attendance! A mistake and loose pass from Argyle gave the ball to Frank Vincent, who in turn fed the ball through to Ndjoli. In behind the defence once again, the striker had no trouble rounding the keeper and slotting home.
34 MINS: GOAL! Jaidan Anthony has doubled the Cherries lead! Once again Ndjoli is causing the defence nightmares. He uses his blistering pace to get in one on one and chips the keeper but his shot comes back of the post. Anthony was on hand to smash in the rebound, 2-0!
30 MINS: Hyndman has had another decent effort after combining well with Fraser and Anthony, but the American’s shot goes just past the post.
25 MINS: Plymouth are definitely not out of this game yet despite not creating many chances of note. Holmes has been forced into making another decent save, closing down the striker well.
22 MINS: The Cherries go close again! Hyndman, who has already made a few first team appearances this season, eyes up a free kick from around 25 yards out. The midfielder makes great connection with the strike, only for the ball to fizz just past the post! Still 1-0.
14 MINS: Fraser goes close! The first team star, ‘Weeman’ as he is often known, strikes a fierce shot which is well palmed away by the Plymouth goalkeeper.
12 MINS: GOAL! Mikael Ndjoli puts the home side in front! Emmerson Hyndman played a lovely ball to send Ndjoli through on goal and the striker cheekily dunked the ball over the keeper to open the scoring here at Canford Park Arena!
10 MINS: Not too many chances of note in the opening exchanges. Cherries goalkeeper Jordan Holmes made a smart stop on 8 minutes following a shot from the edge of the area.
1 MIN: Kick off!
Headlines Ahead Of Kick Off
The headline news ahead of this Central League clash is that Ryan Fraser starts for Carl Fletcher’s side as he makes his return from injury. Meanwhile for Argyle, first team regular Ryan Taylor is making. comeback from injury and is named among the substitutes.
Plymouth Argyle Team News
Cooper; Miller, Sokolik, Bentley, Aaron Taylor, Lameiras, Sarcevic, Wylde, Ciftci, Blissett, Fletcher
Substitutes: Garside, Randall, Goulty, Ryan Taylor, Max Childs
AFC Bournemouth Team News
Jordan Holmes, TRIALIST, Shaun Hobson, Sam Sherring, Tyler Cordner, Connal Morrison, Frank Vincent, Emerson Hyndman, Ryan Fraser, Jaidon Anthony, Mikael Ndjoli
Substitutes: Gareth Stewart, Charlie Seaman, Antonio Diaz, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Kyle Taylor, Keelan O’Connell