Match Details: 01/09/2009
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town
LDV Vans Trophy 1st Round
Yeovil Goals: Jonathan Obika (87)
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Stefan Stam, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. George O'Callaghan, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 23. Danny Hutchins, 28. Nathan Smith,
Subs: 5. Steven Caulker, 18. Andy Lindegaard, 26. Jonathan Obika, 32. Andre McCollin, 33. Ben Roberts
Substitutes Used: Jonathan Obika for Gavin Tomlin (45 mins), Andre McCollin for Andy Welsh (76 mins), Andy Lindegaard for Scott Murray (80 mins)
Bookings: Sam Williams (Foul, 51), Keiran Murtagh (Foul, 57), Nathan Smith (Foul, 75), George O'Callaghan (Foul, 83)
Yeovil Town went out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this evening as their dismal record in the competition continued at Dean Court. The Glovers were beaten by AFC Bournemouth thanks to a corner in each half, with Brett Pitman and Alan Connell doing the damage from the set plays. Substitute Jonathan Obika set up a possible late comeback when he netted with three minutes to go, but the League Two side deserved to go through and again it was too little too late from the Glovers.
The Glovers went into the game making seven changes to their Saturday line-up with only Terrell Forbes, Nathan Smith, Keiran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin retained from the trip to Huddersfield Town as manager Terry skiverton attempted to rotate his squad as far as he possibly could within the rules of the competition.
A long range attempt from Scott Murray flew wide of the target during the early exchanges, but largely Bournemouth held the upper hand with Richard Martin forced into a couple of early saves. Bournemouth even had the ball in the back of the net after 32 minutes through a Brett Pitman header, but with both teams assuming that the goal had been scored, referee David Phillips perhaps kindly ruled the attempt out due to Pitman leaning on Danny Hutchins as he aimed to force his header home.
Five minutes later, Sam Williams put in a cross from the left and a header from Gavin Tomlin was flicked across goal and onto the post, with home keeper Shwan Jalal just getting a hand on the ball to divert the ball onto the woodwork. It was undoubtedly Yeovil's best chance of a half where too many individuals weren't quite on song.
Just as the game looked to be heading into the break, Bournemouth broke the deadlock. A corner from Warren Cummings was dummied in the box by Sammy Igoe, and Brett Pitman finally got the goal he thought he deserved 15 minutes earlier. 1-0 at the break and Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by Gavin Tomlin limping off during injury time with the Glovers not even waiting until the half time interval to make the decision to replace him with Jonathan Obika.
The second half opened up in a fractious manner with both sides sticking the boot in and some random decisions from referee David Phillips not helping the situation, with both sides taking it out on each other as they argued over the referee's decisions. Sam Williams and Keiran Murtagh landed in the book, whilst George O'Callaghan was fortunate not to land in there after an altercation with Marvin Bartley.
Sam Williams went close to giving Yeovil an equaliser when he beat goalkeeper Jalal to a near post header, but Scott Guyett was mopping up behind to deal with any potential damage. But on the hour mark George O'Callaghan's header from a Scott Murray cross came off the inside of the post and straight back into the grateful arms of the Bournemouth keeper for a massive let-off for the Cherries.
But manager Terry Skiverton has persistently talked about being ruthless with their chances, and hitting the post twice in a game counts for nothing when the opposition were being more clinical. Another Bournemouth corner saw the home side double their lead, with Alan Connell left with way too much free space from just six yards out to plant the ball home.
Andy Lindegaard got his first taste of Glovers football since his return to the club and he almost lobbed keeper Shwan Jalal who looked to be suffering badly with an injury. But with three minutes left, the Glovers got a lifeline when Sam Williams and Jonathan Obika exchanged passes and set Obika through on goal, and as the crocked Jalal advanced, the Spurs striker made it look very simple when he passed the ball left-footed into the corner of the net. 2-1 and three actual minutes and five additional injury time minutes left to save the game.
But it was Liam Feeney who got the best pair of chances as the seconds ticked out, predictably from breakaways, as first he forced Richard Martin into a strong save, and then seconds later he clipped the top of the crossbar. Five minutes into the injury time, George O'Callaghan had a great chance for a last gasp improbable equaliser, but when he received the ball from Obika, he shot wide of the target and that was the end of that, with Yeovil's role in another cup competition ended for another year. Once again there was a late rally from the Glovers, but tonight two set pieces proved to be their undoing and Yeovil's inability to keep a clean sheet needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.
Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Brett Pitman (1-0, 45 mins), Alan Connell (2-0, 66 mins), Jonathan Obika (2-1, 87 mins)
AFC Bournemouth: (4-4-2)
1. Shwan Jalal
8. Anton Robinson 2. Scott Guyett 3. Ryan Garry 28. Warren Cummings
11. Liam Feeney 7. Sammy Igoe 6. Marvin Bartley 23. Lee Bradbury
9. Brett Pitman 10. Alan Connell
30. Dan Thomas (GK) 24. George Webb (90 mins for Marvin Bartley) 20. Mark Molesley (60 mins for Anton Robinson) 31. Jason Tindall (85 mins for Brett Pitman)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
15. Richard Martin
23. Danny Hutchins 4. Stefan Stam 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin
5. Steven Caulker 18. Andy Lindegaard (80 mins for Scott Murray) 26. Jonathan Obika (45 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 32. Andre McCollin (76 mins for Andrew Welsh) 33. Ben Roberts (GK)
Bournemouth Bookings: Anton Robinson (42 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (51 mins, foul), Keiran Murtagh (57 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (75 mins, foul), George O'Callaghan (83 mins, foul)
Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Lee Collins (Surrey) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 2,655 (including approx 150 Yeovil fans).