Sky Bet League 2, 16/08/2014, Fratton Park

Just over 16,500 fans packed into Fratton Park to watch a thrilling 2-1 victory for promotion favourites Pompey.

The game started with chances for either side. Wallace tried to chip the Cambridge ‘keeper Dunn but his effort was tipped over, then Donaldson went down the other end and struck a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards.

The first real point of note was when James Dunne appeared to pull back Harrison Dunk on the edge of the Pompey box. Yet it was 19 year old Adam Webster who ended up in the referee’s book. A decision that would later prove costly for Pompey. In the meantime Portsmouth started to turn the screws. Loanee Miles Storey hit the cross bar and Ryan Taylor had an effort go close. Pompey didn’t have it all their own way though, and on 30 minutes Blue’s keeper Paul Jones had to make a good save from The U’s Greg Taylor. The pressure from Portsmouth mounted and on 34 minutes Shorey threaded a through ball in for Storey who crossed it into the box for Ryan Taylor to nod into the opposite corner of the net. 1-0. Two minutes from the break Webster needlessly lunged in on Dunk and recieved his second yellow and was sent off. Joe Devera came on for Nigel Atangana to strengthen the defence.

Ryan Donaldson had Cambridge’s best effort after 54 minutes when his decent strike crashed onto the crossbar and away to safety. Pompey doubled their advantage on 66 minutes. In true Sunday League fashion, Liam Hughes smashed his clearance from a Dunn save off Tom Bonner into the net. It took less than two minutes for Cambridge to reply though, Kwesi Appiah nodded home from a corner to give the travelling 1180 U’s fans hope. Cambridge used their one man advantage and pressed for an equaliser, but Jones in Pompey’s goal was outstanding and made sure he would only concede the one.

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Portsmouth

 Paul Jones. Solid and composed. 8.0
 Adam Webster. Rash challenge wasn’t costly. 5.0
 Paul Robinson. Strong performance 7.0
Jack Whatmough. Crucial block. 7.0
 Nicky Shorey. Calm and composed 7.0
 James Dunne. Tough tackles and ran hard. 7.0
 Danny Hollands. Clever use of the ball. 7.0
 Jed Wallace. Caused problems on the wing. 7.0
 Nigel Atangana. Strong on the ball. 7.0
 Miles Storey. Pace to burn, real handful 8.5
 Ryan Taylor. Good in the air. Nice finish. 7.0

Substitutions

 Ricky Holmes. Plenty of running and defensive work 7.0
 Ryan Bird. Not much impact. 6.0
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 Cambridge United

 Chris Dunn. Should have dealt with second goal 6.5
 Richard Tait. Subbed at half time. Did ok 6.0
 Greg Taylor. Few moments to shine 7.0
 Tom Bonner. Wrong place wrong time 6.0
 Josh Coulson. Solid enough. 6.0
 Ryan Donaldson. Real handful. Unlucky on goal. 7.5
 Tom Champion. Worked hard. 7.0
Liam Hughes. Calamitous clearance 6.5
 Harrison Dunk. Caused plenty of problems 7.0
Tom Elliott. Good in the air. 7.0
 Kwesi Appiah. Nice finish 7.0

Substitutions

 Robbin Simpson. Did his job well 7.0
 Adam Cunnington. Kept quiet. 6.0
 Luke Chadwick. Not much time to impress 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Miles Storey  Never stopped running. Assist for first goal and involved heavily in second. 8.5


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