FA Youth Cup: Brooks rues Hereford heartache as AFC Bournemouth pay the penalty

Bournemouth Echo: YOUTH BOSSES: AFC Bournemouth's Paul Groves (left) and Shaun Brooks YOUTH BOSSES: AFC Bournemouth's Paul Groves (left) and Shaun Brooks

HEAD of youth Shaun Brooks admitted Cherries’ youngsters had frozen on their big occasion after tonight’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Hereford United in the FA Youth Cup.

Cherries played out a tepid 1-1 draw at Dean Court before slipping out of the competition 4-3 on spot-kicks as Matt Butcher and Jack Simpson saw their efforts from 12 yards saved by visiting keeper Kyle Moore.

The result brought back painful memories of Cherries’ 11-10 penalty defeat against AFC Totton 12 months ago as a high-profile trip to Manchester City in the fourth round went begging for Dean Court’s under-18 side.

Brooks told the Daily Echo: “We were disappointed by the result but equally so in the performance.

“As a team we didn’t get going until midway through the second half and there was no question the occasion got to the players.

“There was no point where we had control over the game. In the second half we had the better possession but they had the better chances.

“We never truly imposed ourselves on the game like we wanted to but we still have to look at the bigger picture.

“At the end, we sat the lads down and told them their careers wouldn’t hinge on this game. They have had a terrific first half to the season and we have had some very good results.

“The goal is to try and get the players to the stage where they can play at the best level possible.”

There was little to choose between Cherries and their Football League Youth Alliance South & West rivals despite the Dean Court outfit sitting five places above Hereford in the league table ahead of the clash.

After a scrappy opening where moments of quality in the final third were few and far between, United went closest to breaking the deadlock when Cherries’ midfielder Mason Walsh cleared Jamie Gregory’s far post header off the line.

However, after 27 minutes Bulls did open the scoring when Jarrod Bowen darted onto a lofted ball before lobbing over the advancing Jordan Holmes.

Cory Williams could have doubled United’s lead seven minutes before the break after he caught Walsh in possession but drove high and wide following his direct run from deep.

Team manager Paul Groves introduced Luke Holmes at half-time to try and inject some urgency into his side but the match continued to lack any punch.

Jordan Holmes kept Cherries in the game when he smothered Williams’s point-blank finish from Bowen’s fizzing cross six minutes after the interval.

However, the hosts worked their way back into contention and equalised with 11 minutes to play when Butcher nodded down a left-wing cross which Luke Holmes thumped home on the half volley.

Bowen hit the woodwork for Hereford with extra-time looming and while Cherries enjoyed a brief spell of pressure during the additional 30 minutes, United could have nicked it at the death when Ben Miller struck the post following keeper Holmes’s rash moment.

Captain Josh Kaye and Anthony Harris netted in the shoot-out for Cherries before Butcher’s effort was blocked by Moore.

Hereford scored their first four penalties before Jordan Holmes handed Cherries a lifeline by saving with his feet from Cory Saunders.

But with the tie resting on his young shoulders, Simpson’s effort was comfortably saved with Cherries left to rue another near miss.

Cherries: J Holmes, Lee, Buckley (Worthington, 101), Kaye, Randall, Harris, Butcher, Simpson, Quigley (L Holmes, h-t), Roberts (Surridge, 104), Walsh. Unused subs: Fountain, Stanton.

Hereford: Moore, Burgess, Saunders, Murphy, Gregory, Kontic, Bowen (Brock, 108), James (Haines, 99), Williams, Bonella, Miller. Unused subs: Fletcher, Evans.

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10:27pm Thu 19 Dec 13

pokesdown1 says...

Strange
Strange pokesdown1

12:09am Fri 20 Dec 13

Geoffzzzzzz says...

Any chance of groves & brooks being sacked on the morning?

Second year running we've been eliminated from the FA youth cup, at home, by non league opposition

Nowhere close to being good enough

Brooks out!
Groves out!
Any chance of groves & brooks being sacked on the morning? Second year running we've been eliminated from the FA youth cup, at home, by non league opposition Nowhere close to being good enough Brooks out! Groves out! Geoffzzzzzz

3:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Dumb & Dumber must go
Dumb & Dumber must go STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road

8:14am Fri 20 Dec 13

mark.s says...

It's about time this pair left the club properly, rather than just being shuffled out the way as they were. Our youth used to be a source of immense pride for our club with Roach at the helm. Cherrio.
It's about time this pair left the club properly, rather than just being shuffled out the way as they were. Our youth used to be a source of immense pride for our club with Roach at the helm. Cherrio. mark.s

10:22am Fri 20 Dec 13

a real supporter says...

Unbelievable result and as for the comments from Brookes! You can't prepare a Championship youth team to beat a non-league youth team and you place the blame on the occasion!! How come non-league Hereford playing away from home did not seem troubled by the occasion. To think these two once managed the first team. Obviously, both signed by Mitchell on long-term contracts and paid at the family rates. Therefore, cheaper to keep them on then to get rid and have to pay compensation. Regrettably this means the youth team is suffering under Dumb & Dumber. Parents will be aware of what is happening at the club at youth level, which does not bold well for future signings. The real embarrassment is that they both know they are not good enough but won’t resign for the sake of the club and more importantly the youngsters. Greedy B***ards springs to mind. Brookes, I thought you were better than this especially as the club stood by you through your numerous injuries.
Unbelievable result and as for the comments from Brookes! You can't prepare a Championship youth team to beat a non-league youth team and you place the blame on the occasion!! How come non-league Hereford playing away from home did not seem troubled by the occasion. To think these two once managed the first team. Obviously, both signed by Mitchell on long-term contracts and paid at the family rates. Therefore, cheaper to keep them on then to get rid and have to pay compensation. Regrettably this means the youth team is suffering under Dumb & Dumber. Parents will be aware of what is happening at the club at youth level, which does not bold well for future signings. The real embarrassment is that they both know they are not good enough but won’t resign for the sake of the club and more importantly the youngsters. Greedy B***ards springs to mind. Brookes, I thought you were better than this especially as the club stood by you through your numerous injuries. a real supporter

10:49am Fri 20 Dec 13

devon fan says...

I cannot be certain but I would not be surprised if a number of players who might be eligible are out on loan
I cannot be certain but I would not be surprised if a number of players who might be eligible are out on loan devon fan

1:52pm Fri 20 Dec 13

meonboy says...

devon fan wrote:
I cannot be certain but I would not be surprised if a number of players who might be eligible are out on loan
Any "eligible" youth players would be on what they call "work experience" rather than a "loan" as in the case of senior players so are able to play if selected. A loan s official and has to be sanctioned by theleague/FA, work experience requires just a letter from the parent club sanctioning the move and the player can flit between clubs effectively.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: I cannot be certain but I would not be surprised if a number of players who might be eligible are out on loan[/p][/quote]Any "eligible" youth players would be on what they call "work experience" rather than a "loan" as in the case of senior players so are able to play if selected. A loan s official and has to be sanctioned by theleague/FA, work experience requires just a letter from the parent club sanctioning the move and the player can flit between clubs effectively. meonboy

2:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

susi.m says...

Get rid of this negative pair before they ruin our young and up and coming player completely.
Its a disgrace that they are still on the payroll.
Get rid of this negative pair before they ruin our young and up and coming player completely. Its a disgrace that they are still on the payroll. susi.m

10:41am Sat 21 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

mark.s wrote:
It's about time this pair left the club properly, rather than just being shuffled out the way as they were. Our youth used to be a source of immense pride for our club with Roach at the helm. Cherrio.
Be patient they will be at Poole town very soon, along with 15 other family members
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: It's about time this pair left the club properly, rather than just being shuffled out the way as they were. Our youth used to be a source of immense pride for our club with Roach at the helm. Cherrio.[/p][/quote]Be patient they will be at Poole town very soon, along with 15 other family members cheeriedriteup

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