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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

20 August 2022 Venue Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

AFC Bournemouth
2 - 2
(Pens 4 - 3)
Northampton Town
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EFL Youth Alliance Cup action

20 August 2022

Northampton Town Under 18s began the 2022-23 season with a 4-3 penalty shoot out defeat after a 2-2 draw away to AFC Bournemouth in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup southern section first round on Saturday.

The young Cobblers came from two goals down to take the tie to spot-kicks.

The hosts made a strong start with Michael Dacosta Gonzalez, Max Kinsey-Wellings and Baylin Johnson all having early chances.

But Northampton survived the opening exchanges and created their first opportunity 11 minutes in, Kai O’Keeffe turning on the edge of the area and firing a low effort just wide.

Bournemouth threatened again on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, James Dadge saving from both Jonny Stuttle and Dacosta Gonzalez during a goalmouth scramble.

The hosts’ pressure finally told seven minutes before the break when Toure Williams drove forward and slipped in Stuttle, who finished from a tight angle.

Johnson doubled the advantage four minutes later, cutting inside and finding the bottom corner with a low strike.

The Cobblers had work to do in the second half, and the response began on the hour when Fin Amidi played O’Keeffe in down the left and the forward forced Ollie Camis into a low diving save at his near post.

Within a few minutes Reuben Wyatt had scuffed wide from a promising position and Jacob Scott had been denied by the woodwork as the visitors continued to push for an avenue back into the game.

It arose with little over 20 minutes left on the clock, when substitute Kiantay Liqorish-Mullings’ long throw was cleared to the edge of the box and Wyatt unleashed a powerful drive which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

And Northampton were deservedly back on level terms with eight minutes remaining, Liqorish-Mullings heading home after Brad Smith-Howes’ free-kick was blocked by the wall.

The contest went to penalties, and Camis saved from Reece Irwin to send his side through to the next round.

The youth team’s EFL Youth Alliance League South East campaign gets underway when they host Leyton Orient next week.

Cobblers: James Dadge, Brad Smith-Howes, Josh Tomlinson, Tom Cartwright, Ayo Lekuti, Josh Rayfield, Jacob Scott, Dylan Hill, Reuben Wyatt, Kai O’Keeffe, Fin Amidi
Substitutes: Marcus Bald, Reece Irwin, Kiantay Liqorish-Mullings, Jamari Hart, Rico Duggan

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