CHERRIES kicked-off their pre-season fixtures with a 2-1 victory over Estoril, using no fewer than 23 players.

Second-half efforts from Jordon Ibe and Max Gradel, either side of a sweet strike from Estoril's Eduardo, ended Cherries' training camp in Marbella on a positive note.

Manager Eddie Howe handed starts to summer signings Nathan Ake and Connor Mahoney, while Ryan Fraser filled in at right-back.

The early exchanges had the feel of an opening pre-season game, with neither side taking control.

Artur Boruc was called into action on a couple of occasions, but chances were largely at a premium.

At half-time, a changed 11 took the field for Cherries as players built up their match fitness.

The changes paid off as Howe's side opened the scoring within 10 minutes of the second half.

Gradel collected possession in midfield before sliding the ball through to Ibe, who ran clear of the defence and prodded home with the outside of his right foot.

The Portuguese club were level just after the hour-mark, with Eduardo curling a left-footed free-kick beyond the diving Adam Federici after the Australian international had committed a handball 25 yards from goal.

Following the goal, Joshua King was substituted for Sam Surridge, as last season's top scorer continued his return from injury.

Surridge was immediately involved as Cherries restored their lead, this time with Gradel the scorer.

A threaded pass by Surridge gave the winger time to pick his spot and he calmly finished from the left of the goal.

Federici was called into action minutes later to deny Estoril a second goal, but the Premier League side, who had grown into the game as it progressed, hung on to their one-goal lead.

The match marked the end of the squad's training camp on the Costa del Sol.

They now return to their Kings Park training ground before travelling to Portsmouth on Saturday (3pm), while the under 21s play Hamworthy Recreation on Tuesday (6.30pm kick off).

Cherries first half (4-4-2): Artur Boruc; Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels; Connor Mahoney, Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh; Lys Mousset, Benik Afobe

Cherries second half (4-4-2): Adam Federici; Matt Worthington, Simon Francis, Baily Cargill, Tyrone Mings; Jordon Ibe, Dan Gosling, Harry Arter, Kyle Taylor; Max Gradel, Joshua King (Sam Surridge, 65).