Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, January 8th, 5.45pm kick-off
Conditions: Howling wind and driving rain for the first half, but calmer and drier in the second half.
Pitch: Given the rain that had fallen on it, it performed magnificently.
Attendance: 7,818 (2,033 away supporters)
Scorers: Marcondes 19 (0-1), Marcondes 43 (0-2), Quigley 48 (1-2), Marcondes 70 (1-3)
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Yeovil Town: Gorman 3, Worthington 7, Moss 35
AFC Bournemouth: Pearson 65, Rossi 90+1, Brady 90+5
Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles, Joe Quigley
Substitutes: Charlie Wakefield (for Morgan Williams, 68), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Matt Worthington, 78), Adi Yussuf (for Joe Quigley, 78), Reuben Reid (for Dale Gorman, 85), Alex Bradley, Jack Robinson, Jaheim Headley, Toby Stephens, Max Evans.
AFC Bournemouth: Nyland, Mepham, Marcondes, Lowe, Davis, Pearson, Kilkenny, Rogers, Anthony, Ibsen-Rossi, Moriah-Welsh. Substitutes: Brady (for Anthony, 64), Saydee (for Davis, 85), Camp (for Pearson, 90), Travers, Dennis, Stacey, Kelly, Gidaree, Cook.
A hat-trick from the impressive Emiliano Marcondes was enough to end Yeovil Town‘s run in the FA Cup with a youthful AFC Bournemouth side running out comfortable winners.
The Danish midfielder put away two calm finishes in an opening 45 minutes which was controlled by the visitors who knocked the ball around confidently despite howling wind and rain which lashed Huish Park.
A mistake by Cherries’ keeper Orjan Nyland handed Joe Quigley the opportunity to pull one back for Yeovil just three minutes after the restart, but a mistake by on-loan Glovers’ keeper Dillon Barnes gifted Marcondes a third in the second half.
Ian was there to watch it and – with a couple of additional bits from Dave watching on the telly – here’s how he saw the third round fixture.
There was a big match feeling at Huish Park, and plenty of anticipation with a packed crowd of in excess of 7,000 behind the Glovers – well, presumably with the exception of the sold out away end, that is.
Despite the talk of COVID absentees, Darren Sarll welcomed back captain Luke Wilkinson and on-loan full-back Dan Moss, who missed the Torquay defeat through illness and suspension, and brought Joe Quigley up front.
We also managed to name nine substitutes, which is somewhat of a miracle considering he’d only manage four subs at points this season.
The visitors did not play a team packed with first-team regulars from their Championship table-topping side, but there were was plenty of League experience in the side in the form of midfielder Ben Pearson and forwards Jamal Lowe and Jaidon Anthony to name just three.
As the wind and rain on a miserable night battered the travelling Bournemouth supporters on the uncovered away terrace, Yeovil got off to a feisty start.
Dale Gorman picked up a booking after just three minutes for a tackle which, if it had been made at the same point in the second half, could have seen him dismissed by referee Jeremy Simpson. That said, the booking dished out for Matt Worthington four minutes later was as soft as…..Rule 1, must remember Rule 1.
An early free-kick was shot high and wide by Gorman, but Bournemouth’s quality was on show as they controlled the possession without creating much in the way of clear cut chances.
For all the tippy-tappy sideways stuff, it was a simple opener for non-stop Emiliano MARCONDES who opened the scoring. A great ball from defender Chris Mepham, a £12m signing a couple of summers ago, split the defence and Marcondes ran in between Wilkinson and Moss to slot calmly home with 19 minutes gone.
Bournemouth dominated the ball for long spells, leaving the Glovers with a lot of chasing to do and a midfield who had to be cautious given the early yellows. There was a third which looked soft – and even softer on the television replays – for Moss who got the ball. Referees giving decisions to bigger teams, whatever next, eh?
Anthony came close to doubling the Cherries’ lead after 23 minutes when his deep effort beat Barnes all ends up and came off the inside of the post and away.
It was the impressive MARCONDES, doubled his tally just before half-time after patient possession from Bournemouth. The attacking midfielder was played in my Anthony and drove a low powerful shot across Barnes into the far corner.
This might be Bournemouth’s second string but there’s not a single player in their side who could not stroll into an EFL side. #YTFC
— David Coates (@coatesieboy) January 8, 2022
Half time: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 2
The second half couldn’t have started any better for Yeovil. Cherries’ keeper Orjan Nyland dallied on the ball and was dispossessed by a fine tackle from Tom Knowles and the ball broke to Joe QUIGLEY to put the ball into an empty net and unglue the packed Thatchers’ terrace in the 47th minute.
Yeovil’s quick start seemed to take all Bournemouth’s rhythm and it took them a while find it. When they did find it, they worked a nice opportunity for Jamal Lowe which was saved well by the leg of Barnes.
However, the on-loan keeper didn’t cover himself in glory moments later. Lowe carved himself some space inside the Yeovil 18 yard box and his shot was parried by Barnes to the feet of MARCONDES who could pick his spot to complete his hat trick.
Darren Sarll rolled the dice with ten minutes left on the clock, bringing on Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Adi Yussuf before he added Reuben Reid. Ultimately, Bournemouth’s quality on the ball saw them through as they controlled proceedings keeping the Glovers at arm’s length.
Reid came close to adding a second with the final kick of the game. Barnett’s ball in saw Moss battle with Nyland and the ball broke to the substitute whose shot was blocked on the line by the body and arms of defender Brennan Camp. Reid grabbed the ball ready for the penalty, but referee Simpson blew the full-time whistle instead.
Yeovil can hold their heads high, Bournemouth are no slouches, and are likely to be playing Premier League football next season.
It was nice to see a good crowd at Huish Park – even the owner turned up!