CHERRIES have been fined for their part in a melee which took place towards the end of their stormy EFL Youth Alliance Cup clash at Leyton Orient in February.
Both clubs were charged by the FA with allegedly failing “to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour”.
Although Cherries denied the case against them, they were subsequently found guilty and ordered to pay £750, while Orient admitted the charge and were hit with a £650 fine.
First-half goals from Gavin Kilkenny and Antonio Diaz gave Cherries a 2-0 interval lead in the southern area semi-final at the Whitbread’s Sports Ground in Woodford Green.
Ruel Sotiriou pulled one back for the Londoners late on before they were reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Henry Ocheing and Tristan Abrahams.
A report on the official Leyton Orient website said “the game ended on a sour note for the O’s with both Henry Ocheing and (Tristan) Abrahams being shown their marching orders after a coming together between both sides”.
Cherries’ 2-1 victory set up a date with Luton Town in the area final, with a 2-1 win at Vitality Stadium in March earning them a place in the national final.
And Carl Fletcher’s young guns were crowned champions after triumphing 4-2 against the Latics at the DW Stadium nine days ago.