Albion PL2 v AFC Bournemouth PL2 match report

Albion Under-23s were unlucky not to beat AFC Bournemouth Under-23s in Premier League Cup G, drawing 1-1 in a hard-fought battle at Keys Park.

The result means Albion's fate in the competition will be decided in their last group game against Burnley - with both teams having six points in the group so far.

Jaidon Anthony put the Cherries ahead, but Finn Azaz levelled for the Baggies, who were unlucky not to secure all three points after an onslaught of late pressure.

Albion went close early on, as Sam Wilding won possession in a promising position and played a pass to Jamie Soule, who poked goalwards, but Mark Travers made a good low save to keep out the Baggies.

The Cherries replied; Palmer made an excellent stop to keep Bournemouth out - but they would go ahead minutes later through Anthony, who latched onto a low cross and eased the ball into the corner of the Albion net past Palmer.

The visitors surged forwards once more, and Dinesh Gillela played through Sam Surridge, but the Cherries striker dragged his shot just wide.

Albion were up for the battle though, and Morgan Rogers slipped Soule through on goal. The young striker fired goalwards, only for his shot to be saved once more by the outstretched Travers.

The Baggies started the second-half the brighter of the two sides. Soule was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after he was brought down just outside the box.

Then, Rogers and Soule combined once more. The 16-year-old midfielder lofted a cross onto the head of Albion's striker, but Travers made another good save.

Albion would level with just over five minutes to play. Rogers played a pass into Soule, who swivelled and linked up with the oncoming Finn Azaz, who tucked home a shot into the corner.

The closing moments of the game would see Albion create, and fail to take, several late chances. Travers made a handful of good saves and the Baggies would see a strong penalty claim waved away when Max Melbourne was brought down in the box.

With little time left on the clock, Cherries defender Jack Simpson saw red for pulling down Stanley Asomugha, but it didn't help the Baggies - who were unfortunate not to end the night with all three points.

ALBION: Palmer; Gardner-Hickman, Ferguson, Melbourne, Healy (Brown 81), Harmon; Wilding, Azaz, Rogers; Asomugha, Soule.

Subsitutions: Gilbert, Pierce, Taylor, Martinez.