Bournemouth may have a long way to go if they want to establish themselves in the Premier League but a 2-0 victory over Sunderland, a team which will surely be near them in the fight to stay up, today will go some way to helping that ambition.
The game this afternoon was arguably over before it had even begun with two goals inside the first ten minutes effectively putting to bed any chance of Sunderland winning the game.
Matt Ritchie was the cause for the second part of this early lead with a spectacular volley after Callum Wilson had put the Cherries 1-0 up after just four minutes.
On nine minutes, it was time for the 26-year-old to pounce. After a corner had been cleared away it was obvious that the ex-Swindon man was only going to do one thing.
Taking the ball down on his chest, Ritchie fired a thunderous volley from all of 25 yards, which swung inwards before curling perfectly to the left and just inside the despairing Costel Pantilimon’s post to send the Dean Court crowd into raptures.
Bournemouth held on for the remaining 80 minutes to move them up to 11th place in the table whilst Sunderland now languish in bottom place alongside north-east adversaries Newcastle United, who join the Black Cats as the only other top flight club to have amassed only two points after six games.
This comes as a huge shot in the arm for the Premier League new boys who travel to Stoke next week.
Watch Ritchie’s pinpoint volley below.
Matt Richie with one of the goals of the season so far for Bournemouth. pic.twitter.com/LEuOv3yzEG
— BPL Zone (@BPLZone) September 19, 2015
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena