Bournemouth bounced back from their 8-0 mauling at high riding Surbiton to beat South Premier League Division 1 West visitors Tulse Hill & Dulwich 3-2 – university student Hugo Creaney-Birch [pictured] scoring a late winner for the Lions, who were 2-0 down ten minutes before half-time.
Bournemouth started the game energetically and were rewarded by gaining the first of many short corners, the first of which saw Conor Moors’ neat flick denied by the quick reflexes of the Tulse Hill goalkeeper. A second set piece was also well defended. This was to become a recurring theme.
Against the run of play, Tulse Hill managed to break into the circle and gained their first corner, which Mark Forshaw converted.
Bournemouth, having lost Moors and teenager Euan Etheridge to green cards, found themselves 2-0 down ten minutes before the break – Tarn Huxford doubling the TH lead from a corner.
Bournemouth responded well as they continued to apply pressure on the Tulse Hill defensive and, as the half came to a close, the ball was intercepted in midfield and Euan Etheridge picked it up at pace playing in Matt Squires on the edge of the D. He thought about shooting but neatly played the ball to Matt Underhill to halve the Tulse Hill lead.
Bournemouth forced several unconverted short corners early in the second period but, despite being reduced to ten men when Moors was sin binned, drew level - a moment of magic from George Baugniet in the Tulse Hill circle drawing the Lions level 2-2.
The intensity remained high in the closing stages as both teams went for the winner. With five minutes left, Baugniet saw an effort cleared off the Tulse Hill goal-line.
As the game drew to a close, an opening allowed Ross Hattemore to carry the ball past several players and played it into Hugo Creaney-Birch, who successfully won another short corner and converted it with a clinical reverse stick shot for Bournemouth’s 3-2 winner.
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