From Vital Bournemouth:
A fine second half performance from Bournemouth saw Carlisle’s long unbeaten record finally come to an end at Dean Court.
There were three chances in the half – Carlisle had one when the lively Soko turned Smith beautifully and curled a peach of a shot that had Jalal stranded and praying for the ball to miss the far post – which it did by millimetres.
At the other end Carlisle keeper Collin pulled off a wonder save from Mcquoids drive following the familiar step over corner routine that has been entertaining home fans for years! The top scoring Irishman spurned the home side’s other chance when he blazed wastefully over from eight yards after Collin had parried Pugh’s far post header from Feeney’s cross.
The rest of the time was a mixture of stuttering football and a war of attrition. Referee Philips was happy to let a lot of the fouls go unnoticed so he really earned the irk of the crowd when he blew for Bartley’s majestic full pelt recovering tackle on Berrett. However these statements of intent from Bartley were slowly wearing Carlisle down….
The second half saw the introduction of Michael Symes for Cooper as Eddie switched to 4-4-2. The transformation could not have been more dramatic. Freed from the short square passing and unsureness that characterises our players when forced into that system all the pace and flair flooded back instantly. Carlisle would have come out expecting more of the same and by the time they had figured out they were now playing a free attacking unit they were 2-0 down.
The first came following a free flowing move started by the referee who intercepted a Carlisle through ball with his chest. Bartley pounced to release Feeney and his storming run was stopped at the byline. From the resulting corner Pugh swung the ball onto GARRY’S head and the centre half responded with a towering header that went in off a combination of the far post, man on the line and keeper’s hand. Garry celebrated in the understated manner of a chap who scores every week – very cool considering this was his second career goal!!
Bournemouth were now in top gear and cutting Carlisle apart – Feeney wasted a golden opportunity firing across goal when found by the excellent catalyst Symes – who prompted cleverly all half.
The second came when another scintillating move released Smith on the right he cut cleverly into the box and was tripped conclusively by Mcdaid prompting the ref to point to the spot. Up stepped SYMES who coolly paused and watched Collins dive right before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Symes was soon in the action again, his bullet header from Pugh’s cross fizzing just over the crossbar. Pugh had the chance to put the game beyond Carlisle’s reach moments later when Feeney’s delicious through-ball released him one on one with Collins but he uncharacteristically snatched at the chance and the ball flew wide.
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Bournemouth 2-0 Carlisle
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