Defoe earns 1st win for Bournemouth in Premier League

Sports Sep 15, 2017

BOURNEMOUTH, England — Jermain Defoe scored the first goal of his second spell at Bournemouth to clinch a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Friday, ending his team's four-match losing run to open the season.

The 34-year-old England striker showcased his enduring prowess in front of goal by finding space in the penalty area from Jordon Ibe's deft pass and lashing a low finish into the corner in the 73rd minute.

Ibe made as significant a contribution as Defoe on a wet evening on the south coast, the winger coming off the bench to also set up Bournemouth's 67th-minute equalizer — scored by midfielder Andrew Surman — with an impudent back-heel.

Ibe has struggled to make an impact at Bournemouth since joining from Liverpool in July 2016 for 15 million pounds (now $20.4 million), which was then a club-record fee.

"We see it with him every day in training, beating players in tight spaces," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said of Ibe. "I hope that's the confidence-booster, the kick-start, he needs."

Bournemouth was on course to become only the fourth team to start a Premier League season with five straight losses when winger Solly March headed in the opening goal for Brighton in the 55th minute.

Defoe spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham, scoring in 10 straight league games in one hot spell. He sealed a return to Bournemouth in the off-season, triggering a clause in his contract at Sunderland allowing him to leave on a free transfer following its relegation from the Premier League.

"5,977 days since my last Bournemouth goal," Defoe tweeted, "and it feels just as good."

This was a first ever top-flight meeting between the two seaside clubs, who were playing each other in the second tier only two years ago.

By The Associated Press

Defoe earns 1st win for Bournemouth in Premier League

Sports Sep 15, 2017

BOURNEMOUTH, England — Jermain Defoe scored the first goal of his second spell at Bournemouth to clinch a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Friday, ending his team's four-match losing run to open the season.

The 34-year-old England striker showcased his enduring prowess in front of goal by finding space in the penalty area from Jordon Ibe's deft pass and lashing a low finish into the corner in the 73rd minute.

Ibe made as significant a contribution as Defoe on a wet evening on the south coast, the winger coming off the bench to also set up Bournemouth's 67th-minute equalizer — scored by midfielder Andrew Surman — with an impudent back-heel.

Ibe has struggled to make an impact at Bournemouth since joining from Liverpool in July 2016 for 15 million pounds (now $20.4 million), which was then a club-record fee.

"We see it with him every day in training, beating players in tight spaces," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said of Ibe. "I hope that's the confidence-booster, the kick-start, he needs."

Bournemouth was on course to become only the fourth team to start a Premier League season with five straight losses when winger Solly March headed in the opening goal for Brighton in the 55th minute.

Defoe spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham, scoring in 10 straight league games in one hot spell. He sealed a return to Bournemouth in the off-season, triggering a clause in his contract at Sunderland allowing him to leave on a free transfer following its relegation from the Premier League.

"5,977 days since my last Bournemouth goal," Defoe tweeted, "and it feels just as good."

This was a first ever top-flight meeting between the two seaside clubs, who were playing each other in the second tier only two years ago.

By The Associated Press

Defoe earns 1st win for Bournemouth in Premier League

Sports Sep 15, 2017

BOURNEMOUTH, England — Jermain Defoe scored the first goal of his second spell at Bournemouth to clinch a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Friday, ending his team's four-match losing run to open the season.

The 34-year-old England striker showcased his enduring prowess in front of goal by finding space in the penalty area from Jordon Ibe's deft pass and lashing a low finish into the corner in the 73rd minute.

Ibe made as significant a contribution as Defoe on a wet evening on the south coast, the winger coming off the bench to also set up Bournemouth's 67th-minute equalizer — scored by midfielder Andrew Surman — with an impudent back-heel.

Ibe has struggled to make an impact at Bournemouth since joining from Liverpool in July 2016 for 15 million pounds (now $20.4 million), which was then a club-record fee.

"We see it with him every day in training, beating players in tight spaces," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said of Ibe. "I hope that's the confidence-booster, the kick-start, he needs."

Bournemouth was on course to become only the fourth team to start a Premier League season with five straight losses when winger Solly March headed in the opening goal for Brighton in the 55th minute.

Defoe spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham, scoring in 10 straight league games in one hot spell. He sealed a return to Bournemouth in the off-season, triggering a clause in his contract at Sunderland allowing him to leave on a free transfer following its relegation from the Premier League.

"5,977 days since my last Bournemouth goal," Defoe tweeted, "and it feels just as good."

This was a first ever top-flight meeting between the two seaside clubs, who were playing each other in the second tier only two years ago.

By The Associated Press