CHERRIES SHOT DOWN IN LOCAL(ish) DERBY| A perfectly-placed free-kick and a cheeky back heel cancelled out Brett Pitman’s penalty and 14th League goal of the season.
The home side started brightly and looked keen to make a quick impression and quieten down the raucous away crowd. Jalal was called into action early on as he beat away a goal bound shot. However, he was powerless to stop a sweetly struck free-kick on 20 minutes, given for a very soft tackle from Garry. The home side pushed forward looking for a second but the Cherries very slowly started to come back into the game. Nonetheless, the home side could have been in front as they sent a header wide when it looked easier to score.
HALF TIME 0-1.
The second half saw a very different Cherries side who looked lively from the start. Pitman had a shot saved early on and a period of sustained pressure led to a number of corners but the Cherries couldn’t captalise. Just past the hour mark the referee spotted a subtle nudge in the back on Fletcher and Pitman stepped up to neatly dispatch the ball into the bottom right corner. The hosts should have gone back into the lead when Charles managed to put his header over the bar. Shots striker Morgan contrived to miss after creating space but it looked all wrapped up for the home side before Shots Straker had his point blank shot saved superbly by Jalal. Minutes later Straker got the winner with a cheeky back heel. With game coming to a close all hell broke loose as Shots sub keeper threw the ball in Cummings face who angrily volleyed the ball into the Shots dugout, both were sent off.
MAN OF THE MATCH
SHWAN JALAL | Made a series of saves that keep the Cherries in the match
GOALS: Pitman 61