Match report

Craig McAllister led the line in a 3-1 win.
Photo: Tom Coffey

Eastleigh progressed to the 4th round of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth Poppies thanks to a comeback spearheaded by Cavaghn Miley.

The visitors took a first half lead through striker Edder Batista’s low drive past Ross Flitney inside the half hour.

But two goals from Miley lead a spirited second-half comeback from the Spits, Miley’s first a beautiful chip over the goalkeeper and the second a fierce first-time shot on the edge of the box.

With the away side sucker punched by two goals in as many minutes, Bournemouth began to sit back and Paul McCallum punished them with a fine finish inside the area in the 75th minute.

Eastleigh will go into the draw for the next round and have a needed win behind them to go into the weekends match at home to Bromley.

The visitors started brightly in the game with an early chance coming from Edder Batista’s low free kick.

The ball bounced in and around the six-yard box and eventually landed just wide of the Eastleigh goal.

Eastleigh then went close themselves, Ayo Obileye rising high to meet Bradley Hudson-Odoi’s cross and his header struck the upright leaving the keeper helpless.

Obileye then tried fired a powerful drive from 25 yards which was well held by goal-keeper Jake Poynter. The ‘keeper’s hands were then not so safe when he almost spilled Miley’s long range effort into his own goal.

Bournmouth took the lead in the 27th minute thanks to a low strike from Batista after finding space in the Eastleigh box.

Hudson-Odoi was looking Eastleigh’s best chance for a goal, after having a fine strike ruled out for offside the striker then brought down the ball in the box, turned and shot wide of the near post.

The start of the second half provided little action until the Spits pulled themselves level on 66 minutes.

A long ball over the top was controlled by Miley who chipped the ball over Poynter and despite the best efforts of the Bournemouth defenders, were unable to clear it off the line.

It then became the Cavaghn Miley show as the midfielder fired in his second of the night to give Eastleigh the lead just two minutes later.

The ball fell to Miley just outside the area and his fierce low drive found its way through the bodies and past the ‘keeper.

The Spits were then in full swing, McAllister’s flicked header played in McCallum and the substitute struck a low shot past Poynter and into the bottom corner.

With the game won Eastleigh began to play some nice football, McCallum came close to a second but they were unable to add to the lead running out 3-1 winners.

Season Stats

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