Wanderers U18's 4
Bournemouth U18's 3
FA Youth Cup Second Round
Thursday 24th November 2005
The FA Youth Cup
First half effort from Wycombe that hit the post Wanderers Under 18's made it through to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup in sensational fashion having come back from 3-0 down against Bournemouth. The Cherries look to be cruising to victory on the hour mark after Brett Pitman completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot following a foul by Ryan Tackley. But Wycombe scored three times in the final 20 minutes to force the game into extra-time and Peitro Giambrone grabbed the winner eight minutes into the extra-time period when he swivelled in the box to shot home following a low ball in from the right.
Youth boss Ian Culverhouse made three changes to the side that had beaten Gravesend & Northfleet in the previous round. In goal schoolboy Alex McCarthy was favoured ahead of second year Dean Thornton, while Scott Shulton replaced Stuart Cattell at the back and Lloyd Boateng was added to the forward line, with Douglas Wesley missing through injury.
Pitman proved to be the dangerman to Wycombe from the off. He angled a shot just wide of the post in the 10th minute but Wycombe created chances of their own before his first half brace. In the 26th minute visiting 'keeper James Rae dropped a free-kick from the right channel and Boateng struck the loose ball against the post before it appeared to hit the arm of a defender. The loud appeals for penalty from Wycombe were ignored by the officials.
Ten minutes before the break Giambrone saw an effort from 12 yards tipped wide by Rae but from the next Bournemouth attack the visitors were ahead. Pitman got past Tom Cadmore on the edge of the Wycombe box before turning to shoot past McCarthy. It was then 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when Pitman slotted home from the left of the penalty area after being given too much space again by the Wycombe defence.
Andy Savage - tireless running against BournemouthJames Faulkner was introduced at the start of the second-half as Wycombe went all out to salvage the tie with a three up front formation. And it was Faulkner who had a great chance to reduce the deficit on 56 minutes when left with only Rae to beat from the left channel but the Cherries 'keeper blocked with his legs. When Pitman converted his penalty on the hour mark it looked curtains for Wycombe. Even the push on Faulkner in the 70th minute that gave Wycombe a penalty of their own that Andy Savage converted, looked at the time to be merely a consolation. However, with eight minutes of normal time remaining Giambrone popped up with a close range header to make the score 3-2 and three minutes later Ikechi Anya sprinted in from the left channel following a long punt by Gary Bunting and knocked the ball into the net as the Cherries 'keeper slipped. Wanderers were now the dominant side and grabbed their remarkable winner when Giambrone got his second of the night. The visitors pushed for an equaliser in the dyeing moments and had the ball in the net with a couple of minutes remaining only for it to be ruled out for a push on Wanderers' 'keeper Alex McCarthy. The final whistle was greeted by scenes of celebration from the Wycombe bench while the Cherries players sunk to their knees wondering how they had thrown the tie away. The reward for the Wanderers is a home Third Round match against Blackpool or Tranmere Rovers in a tie to be played before Saturday 17th December.
Final Score Wycombe 4 Bournemouth 3 (after extra-time)
Wycombe: Alex McCarthy, Scott Shulton (sub HT James Faulkner[sub 100 Daryll Ellams]), Gary Bunting, Roberts Rice, Tom Cadmore, Ryan Tackley, Ikechi Anya, Andy Savage, Lloyd Boateng, Pietro Giambrone, Sam Tucknott - subs not used: Dean Thornton, Stuart Cattell
Bournemouth: James Rae, Liam Winzar, Liam Crook, Jack Cleverley, Jamie Whisken, Aiden Sainsbury, Joshua McQuoid (sub 60 Sam Vokes[sub 104 Adam Mills]), Liam Moseley, Curtis Allen, Brett Pitman, James Screen - subs not used: Ryan Pryce, Tom Smith, Billy Franks
Referee: Mr M Thompson Att: 263
Yellow Cards: Wycombe: Tucknott, Faulkner - Bournemouth: Allen, Pitman

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