AFC Bournemouth U21s lost last night’s Hampshire Senior Cup Final in a penalty shootout following a goaless draw at Southampton’s St Marys Stadium.
Mark Molesley’s side could not find a way round the Basingstoke defence, and the Dragons were a threat on the break. The match finished 0-0 after 90 minutes and the final went straight to a penalty shootout.
Both sides had a penalty each saved as the shootout went to sudden death. At 7-6, Antonio Diaz missed the decisive penalty.
Mark Molesley said afterwards that he felt the Cherries got what they deserved.
‘We were disappointing and it was a shame on such a big stage. We were disappointed with ourselves but you have to give credit to Basingstoke as well’ He told Daily Echo.
“They were good on the break, they had some dangerous players and they stifled us. We didn`t quite get going so it was a big learning curve for our players – In the cold light of day, I think they probably learned a lot.
“They probably learned a lot more in defeat than perhaps they would have from winning. It`s about the development pathway for them, it is not all about medals and trophies at this stage of their careers’
AFC Bournemouth team: Stanton, Seaman, Harfield, McCarthy (Quigley, 45′), Simpson, Cargill, Ndjoli (Diaz, 86′), Worthington, Surridge, Taylor, Dobre. Other substitutes not used: Hobson, Neale, Dennis.
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