FORMER Cherries duo Josh McQuoid and Stephane Zubar found the net as Weymouth came from behind to beat Poole as the Dolphins suffered their second defeat of pre-season, writes Aidan Williams.

Josh Carmichael, who signed for Poole from Weymouth this summer, handed his new side an early second-half lead at Bob Lucas Stadium.

Defender Zubar levelled up the contest before a stunning McQuoid strike swung the contest to give the hosts a 2-1 win.

The first 20 minutes proved a defensive examination for the Terras, yet one they largely passed, with few chances heading the way of the Dolphins.

Claudio Herbert had an early shot go high of the Weymouth bar, while a teasing free-kick was nodded wide of the post, but Poole did not make their possession count.

Brett Williams was proving a useful link up option for the Terras early on and had a promising attack of his own.

He burst forward on a long run before reaching the box but fired wide.

An Ollie Harfield free-kick caused problems when Poole goalkeeper Luke Cairney spilled the ball but the glovesman collected at the second attempt.

The first-half was dominated by tempers flaring in three separate incidents, which saw Ben Thomson, Williams and Poole’s Flavio Tavares receive yellow cards.

Abdulai Baggie slammed a promising cross from McQuoid against a defender, while Poole’s Herbert needed his shot from a rebounded free-kick to be put over the bar by Zubar in the best chances of the half.

The second half would not need long to get going however, as Poole soon took the lead.

Carmichael, also a former Cherries player, struck a sweet 30-yard free-kick which crashed off the post and into the net, with no subsequent celebration.

McQuoid almost replied instantly when he burst forward before lashing a shot over the bar from eight yards out.

Yet the Terras would have their equaliser, when Calvin Brooks crossed in deep, which was met by a superb header from Zubar at the near post.

Weymouth dominated the late stages of the match, and got a deserved winner through McQuoid in spectacular fashion.

Centrally from 22-yards out, he curled a brilliant effort beyond the outstretched palms of substitute goalkeeper Harry Phillips.

Poole, who also lost against a Chelsea XI at the weekend, welcome Yeovil Town to Black Gold Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

DOLPHINS: Cairney (Phillips 78), Dickson, Smeeton (Trialist 72), Jackson, Leslie-Smith, Carmichael, Tavares (House 46), Moore, Hodge (Bedford 46), M. Brooks, Herbert (Grange 46).

Subs not used: Pope, Sampson, McKay, Dyer, Turner.

Attendance: 511