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Watch: Kenni Thompson’s message for fans after crucial goal in Bournemouth win

Bournemouth’s players race to Kenni Thomposn after she scores crucial third goal (photograph courtesy of AFC Bournemouth women)

Kenni Thompson netted her sixth goal of the season as Bournemouth came away with a massive 4-2 win over National League Division One South rivals Bridgwater United at Cygnet Health Care Stadium on Sunday.

The Bermudian striker scored her side’s third goal three minutes from the end of regulation time as Bournemouth struck twice late to preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

Chloe Gilroy, Molly Barron-Clark, Libby Gimson and Lucy Cooper also got on the scoresheet for the Cherries, who were twice denied by the woodwork.

“It was an up-and-down game that really tested our character as individuals and as a team,” Thompson told TheRoyal Gazette.

“We ha a lot of chances just not going in and it took a lot for us to keep going, so it was definitely a relief when the goal went in.

“We kept fighting like we always do, got our reward today and we will keep doing that until the end of the season.”

The Cherries’ hard fought win came at a cost as goalkeeper Daniela Kosinska was carried off on a stretcher after suffering an injury in the 26th minute, with midfielder Katie James replacing her between the posts.

Steve Cuss’s team trail league leaders Exeter City, who are also yet to suffer defeat this season, by eight points.

“There were times where it looked like it was drifting away from us, but we showed a huge amount of belief to keep going and score the goals late in the game to win it,” Cuss said on his club’s website.

“I said to the players that they could have got their heads down and thought it wasn’t going to be their day, but they found that strength and there was some real ability there to go and create that final chance we needed.

“Fair play to the players, I felt they deserved all the credit for sticking at it and getting the win.”

The Cherries have won 15 of their 17 league matches and drawn two so far this season.

“There were real ups and downs,” Cuss added.

“I thought we were good at times and impressive. Obviously, the injury to Dani has marred it.

“It was really tough with KJ in goal but I thought she was excellent, she controlled it and was able to pass out from the back as well.

“She was a little bit unfortunate with the goals that went in but it was a strong performance from the team.”

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Published April 07, 2024 at 3:14 pm (Updated April 07, 2024 at 3:14 pm)

Watch: Kenni Thompson’s message for fans after crucial goal in Bournemouth win

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