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Final Third Development League digest

2 October 2014

We round-up the recent action in the Final Third Development League.

Final Third Development League South Division

Bournemouth thumped Peterborough United 7-1 in the only Final Third Development League match of the week in a dominant display.

The club's record signing Tokelo Rantie bagged two goals in the opening 10 minutes before Ben Whitfield and Harrison Gilkes extended their lead to 4-0 before the half-hour mark.

The Cherries were relentless in their pursuit of goals throughout the game and were coasting at 7-0, with Rantie scoring another two, before Kenny McEvoy pulled one back for Posh late on.

Final Third Development League Cup - South Group A

Milton Keynes Dons and Luton Town also triumphed with big scorelines on Tuesday afternoon, when they kicked-off their Final Third Development League Cup campaigns against Cambridge United and Gillingham respectively.

The Dons raced into an early two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Tom Hitchcock and Kabongo Tshimanga, before Cambridge pulled one back from a free-kick. Mark Randall scored a penalty and another strike from Tshimanga sealed a convincing 4-1 win.

Luton were comfortable in their defeat of Gillingham at Kenilworth Road, as braces from Charlie Walker and Paul Benson, alongside a Jonathan Smith strike, secured a 5-2 success.

Final Third Development League Cup - South Group B

Portsmouth proved too strong for Cheltenham Town in the only fixture of the South Group B, with Pompey overcoming the Robins 3-1.

Ryan Taylor opened the scoring after three minutes but Cheltenham were soon level through Zack Kotwica. Taylor was on hand again to restore Portsmouth's lead before Conor Chaplin added gloss to the scoreline.

Final Third Development League Cup - North Group A

Port Vale followed up their league win over Walsall last week with a convincing 3-0 victory against Shrewsbury Town in the North Group A.

Ben Williamson bagged an early goal for Vale, before Colin Daniel’s cross deflected in off Shrews defender Ryan Hickman. Daniel was then on target himself to round of the scoring.

Elsewhere, Walsall conceded in second-half stoppage time to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

Liam Kinsella had opened the scoring for the Saddlers with a sweet strike from distance but a goal from Stoke’s Tomi Adeloye in the sixth minute of added time stole a draw for City.

Final Third Development League Cup - North Group B

Derby County made light work of Mansfield Town in the North Group B, strolling to an impressive 5-1 victory on Wednesday evening.

Two goals from England Under-20 forward Kwame Thomas, as well as strikes from Omar Mascarell, Jeff Hendrick and Max Lowe saw the Rams run out comfortable winners.

Final Third Development League Cup - North Group D

First-half goals from Matty Hughes and Stewart Murdoch sent Fleetwood Town on their way to a 3-0 victory over Morecambe in North Group D.

Jeff Hughes’ emphatic volley later sealed the win for the Cod Army, whose second string have now bagged seven goals in their last two matches.

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