AFC Bournemouth win in season opener

Scott Parker won his first competitive game as he watched his new Bournemouth side thrash MK Dons 5-0 in the Carabao Cup.

Parker brought on Christian Saydee for Solanke after 76 minutes and it did not take long for the young striker to grab a debut goal.

Junior Stanislas had earlier replaced Marcondes and after yet another mistake from Ravizzoli, the 31-year-old played a one-two with Brooks before setting up Saydee who was able to get his shot away from close range and open his account for the club.

Bournemouth kept the pressure going right up until the final whistle and found themselves 5-0 up when Brooks was able to grab his second of the game. Saydee provided the assist as he laid the ball off to the Welshman who again had broken free from the right hand side, driving his shot low into the far corner.

The Dons looked out of ideas in the second half and were outclassed by a much better Bournemouth side and will be disappointed with the result and performance.

Kilkenny was awarded the Man of the Match award for his tireless running and clever use of the ball in the middle of the park. Often breaking up play and showing off his passing range, it allowed the likes of Billing, Marcondes and Brooks to roam free ahead of him and exploit the space between the lines.

The young Irishman will certainly be giving Parker food for thought for the upcoming season and with the likes Ben Pearson, Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cook all unavailable for the foreseeable future, Kilkenny looks like a ready made replacement.


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