Cray Wanderers Women vs Danson Sports – Southern Counties East Women’s League – Kent Division One Wes

Cray Wanderers                                        3

Jackson 45+1, 90+3, Kulishko 52

Danson Sports                                          0

Cray Wanderers continued their 100% winning start to the league season with victory against Danson Sports in the first ever home game for the Women’s team.

Cray generally were on top for most of the game against a very young Danson Sports side and went ahead with the last kick of the first half when Katie Jackson scored her second league goal of the season.

The Wands added a second seven minutes into the second half when Hrystyna Kulishko looked to get the final touch to a defensive clearance played into the area to also score her second goal of the campaign.  The scoring was completed deep into second half injury time when Jackson scored her second and the Wands third to complete a professional performance.

Danson looked to get off to a fast start and Ruby Skinner who had a very good game throughout fired just over in the opening minute of the match.

Cray though looked like getting an early breakthrough as Dean Jarman’s side had a purple patch of ten minutes and Okasia Brown sent a shot just wide of the left post.  Then Chelsea Santos set up Katie Jackson down the right of the area and her near post shot was pushed out well by Lucie Hemsley. 

In the 7th minute Cray were awarded a penalty when Jackson was tripped down the right of the area but from the spot Millie Main’s shot was well pushed out by Hemsley who did well to block the rebound.

Then a ball was played across into the area from the left to Olivia Gregory whose effort was saved by Hemsley’s legs and then as the ball came back out to Brown her strike thudded back off the left post.  Finally from this spell of pressure, Main hooked wide from a corner kick.

From here the game became more even as Danson Sports look to get a foothold into the game and there were no real chances until the last ten minutes of the half.

Firstly for Danson, Skinner fired a shot into the side netting down the left and then in perhaps their best chance of the game from a cross from the right Chelsea Box sidefooted wide from seven yards.

It was Cray though just on half time who made the breakthrough when down the left Jackson cut into the area and placed a well struck shot wide of Hemsley and into the net.

HT:  1-0


The second half began with Cray again in the ascendancy with Jackson and Gregory combining to set up Main for a shot from outside the area which was well held by Hemsley.

In the 52nd minute Cray extended their lead when a ball across was deflected back into the six yard box by a Danson defender and looking to follow up Hrystyna Kulishko looked to get a nick onto the ball but may also have come off a defender into the net.

The match became a bit more stretched after that and Box shot wide for Danson Sports and then cut inside from the left and hit a well struck shot which Sam Sharp did well to get down to make a smothering save.

Then at the other end, Hannah Atkins was put through on goal but Hemsley once again did well to save a shot hit with real power.  Then Kulishko shot wide fad crom outside the area.

The game was just starting to drift towards the latter stages but Danson didn’t give up and won a couple of free kicks outside the area and from the second of these Florence Pearson curled the ball round the wall and was saved by Sharp.

Cray came close to a third when Jackson down the right of the area saw her goalbound shot pushed round the post by Hemsley for a corner.  From the corner from the left from Chelsea Santos was headed wide by Alice Wilcox.

The Wands though had the final word three minutes into injury time when from a throw in down the left was helped across the area and Jackson was on hand for a smart finish from nine yards.

Cray had done more than enough to win the game and although remaining in 3rd place in the league table are one of four teams with nine points but the only side with a 100% winning record.  The Wands next head to Crawley to face league leaders Oakwood on Sunday 1st October which will be a good test but so far in what is a historic season for Cray Wanderers the team are playing well and moving in the right direction. 

Cray Wanderers: Sam Sharp, Grace Dodds, Vittoria D’Urso, Claire Goldsmith, Danielle Smith, Millie Main, Hrystyna Kulishko, Olivia Gregory, Katie Jackson, Chelsea Santos, Okasia Brown:  Subs:  Alice Wilcox, Danielle De Souza, Chloe Ashdown, Hannah Atkins

Danson Sports: Lucie Hemsley, Kara Penwarden-Bland, Florence Pearson, Ella Venables, Coco Cardona, Nazareth Godspower, Ngema Muzawazi, Cassidy Burns, Ruby Skinner, Chelsea Box, Lilly Beaney:  Juste Petvoicute, Alice Hill, Cerys Baldwin, Eden Downes

Referee:  Amari Taylor