AFC Bournemouth: Joe Roach hopes striker Joe Quigley can follow former protege Sam Vokes

PROSPECT: Joe Quigley

PROSPECT: Joe Quigley

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CHERRIES academy manager Joe Roach hopes striker Joe Quigley can build on his flying start to the season and follow in the footsteps of fellow Priestlands School graduate Sam Vokes.

Quigley, a second-year youth teamer, bagged all four second-half goals as Cherries kicked off the campaign with a 4-1 victory at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

The big frontman rounded off two well-worked team moves before completing his hat-trick with a fine solo effort.

His fourth came after collecting a pin-point pass from full-back Ollie Harfield.

Burnley striker Vokes, whose fledgling career at Cherries was guided by Roach, and former Everton poacher Paul Rideout are among the pupils from the Lymington-based school to make the grade and Dean Court's youth guru believes Quigley has the potential to do the same.

Asked whether there were any comparisons between Quigley and Vokes, Roach told the Daily Echo: “Like Sam, Joe's a big lad. He must be around six-foot-two so I think they must put them in grow bags over there!

“He's not exactly the same type of player but he is quite like Sam in terms of his technique. Joe does play with his back to goal but we're trying to change that a little bit. He uses his size well but they have to do more than that now.

“He has developed progressively and his goals were just reward for showing endeavour and listening to Carl (Fletcher, under-18s manager) about his requirements as a team player.

“Sam had to adjust to earn a professional contract and we hope Joe will continue to do exactly the same. I wouldn't say Joe lacked confidence but as a side we haven't scored that many goals since we came in because we have tried to change the style a little bit.

“They were all good team goals and all different in their own way so I was pleased for the lad. They will do his confidence the world of good.”

Meanwhile, Roach acknowledged Cherries had suffered a tough time during the first 45 minutes in Devon but was pleased to see the team adjust to secure a positive outcome.

“It was a difficult first half,” he added.

“We were not particularly cohesive and could have come in a couple of goals down.

“One or two were apprehensive as it was the first game of the season but we had a chat at half-time, reorganised ourselves and it was something of a formality from there. It was a good day all round.

During the same trip, the under-16s beat their Plymouth counterparts 1-0.

Next up for the under-18s is a Youth Alliance Cup tie at home to Luton Town on Tuesday (noon). The fixture takes place at Canford Arena.

Cherries: Stanton, Lee, Jordan, Lander, Harfield, Worthington, O'Sullivan (O'Connell, 55), Simpson (Walker, 75), Surridge, Quigley, Neale.

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