Match report

A spirited Eastleigh bowed out of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 0-2 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

After reaching the quarter-finals the Spits faced tricky opposition in Bournemouth and were restricted to few opportunities in the match.

Headers from James Constable and Oliver Dennett were the closest the Boys in Blue came to causing an upset.

Goals from Kyle Taylor and Keelan O’Connell ensured it was the Cherries who progressed to the semi-finals.

In a hard fought first half, Eastleigh struggled to get going on a very wet pitch and were lucky to not concede an early penalty.

A coming-together in the box between Tom Bearwish and O’Connell left the referee with a difficult decision after the forward had darted into the box but the Eastleigh defender avoided punishment.

Bournemouth soon after fired just over, Frank Vincent trying his luck from 20 yards saw his effort whistle over the bar.

Another chance for the away side came five minutes later where some good play down the right wing between Jordan Lee and Ndjoli almost led to an own goal with the whipped cross deflecting just wide.

After waiting 35 minutes for their first real opportunity Eastleigh could have led – Dennett’s near post header was brilliantly kept out by the Bournemouth keeper.

But the Cherries responded in devastating fashion. Taylor cut in from the left from a corner routine onto his right foot before smashing home the opening goal past Mark Childs.

Trying to avoid going in behind the Spits began to move the ball quickly and fashioned themselves a corner – this time James Constable testing the keeper at the near post.

The second-half offered little action despite the free scoring Ayo Obileye being introduced for the hosts.

The away side doubled their lead on 64 minutes – Ndjoli winning the ball from an Eastleigh error before playing in O’Connell to slam the ball low into the far corner.

Constable and Ryan Cresswell were sent up top to try and rescue the game but were unable to break a stern Bournemouth defence.

It could have been three if not for a goal-saving tackle by Lewis Harvey to prevent Ndjoli from close range.

Eastleigh will look to continue their fine league form on Saturday when they travel to Fylde in search of a fifth consecutive win.

Season Stats

Top Scorers
Ben Williamson 9
Paul McCallum 5
Cavaghn Miley 5
Mark Yeates4
Chris Zebroski4