Cray Wanderers vs. Charlton Athletic – Kent Senior Cup – 2nd Round – 14th November 2018
Cray Wanderers 1
Cummings o. g. 25
Charlton Athletic 5
Zemura 7, Carey 14, Anderson 21, 54,
Cray Wanderers were knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup at the hands of Charlton Athletic for the third time in four seasons as three early goals gave Cray a mountain to climb and despite a bit of a fightback before half time Charlton produced a high quality second half display to score two more goals and secure a Quarter Final place.
Both sides showed glimpses of the future as there were a handful of first teamers rested following the Hastings victory on Sunday with first team debuts for Lee Lewis and Kwame Poku as substitute. Charlton who won 5-1 against Cray last December in the Quarter Finals played well then but this time played even better as Jason Euell’s side started impressively. Wilberforce Ocran who scored for Cray at the weekend played for his parent club this evening.
The Addicks almost scored after two minutes when Terrique Anderson saw a shot deflected behind for a corner. Then James Gody shot wide as Charlton sought an early breakthrough.
Cray though did have a chance to score when from a Karl Dent right wing corner the ball came to Mitchell Nelson who headed over the top.
On 7 minutes, Charlton took the lead when Jordan Zemura who had a very good game exchanged passes with Anderson to charge down the right of the area and hit a sweet strike which gave Nick Blue no chance to save.
Seven minutes later it was 2-0 with a really fine team goal from Charlton as Taylor Maloney played a ball forward to Ben Dempsey who in turn found Gody who set up Luke Carey, another standout player on the night who from the right edge of the area finished impressively.
For Charlton, Jo Cummings headed wide from a corner while for Cray who looked to rally and a Jerome Federico cross was well claimed by keeper Joseph Osaghe.
Charlton seemed to be scoring in seven minute bursts and on 21 minutes scored a third when a free kick from 25 yards out to the right was swung to the back post by Maloney where Dempsey did well to flick the ball across into the area where Anderson had a tap in from two yards and it seemed the game was up.
On 25 minutes Cray pulled a goal back following an award of a free kick out on the right and Dent’s cross was whipped in to the area and Cummings got a touch before a Cray player to turn the ball into his own net.
Charlton got a little bit sloppy after that and good pressing by Freddie Parker almost led to a second goal where the Charlton defence struggled to clear and came out to Dent who shot over the bar from 12 yards.
Then a Dent corner from the left was cleared out to Zak Henry who shot wide and then a ball was played out to Federico who cut in from the right and tested Osaghe with a low shot.
Charlton though were always a threat going forward and Ocran put a left wing cross to the back post where Billy French turned the ball wide. Then Ocran was found by Carey inside the area and saw a shot pushed behind for a corner and then shot over from 18 yards. This was followed by Zemura setting up Gody who curled a shot past the right post.
The last action of a fast paced first half saw Lee Lewis ball into the area from the right was cleared out to Henry who drove a shot fractionally wide.
Half Time: 1-3
Half time came at a good time for Charlton and after that rally from the Wands for the last twenty minutes of the first half they restored their dominance early in the second.
Firstly they were awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal and from the kick, Maloney curled a shot just wide. This was followed by a Carey corner which was flicked wide of the left post by Cummings.
On 54 minutes the game was really done and dusted with Carey making a strong run down the left and putting over a cross which was volleyed into the net by Anderson for his second goal of the game.
Charlton continued to threaten and Carey made a run into the area and his ball across found Gody whose effort was smothered by Blue. For Cray, Federico saw a low cross shot saved and from a left wing cross Parker turned a shot just past the right post.
Cray battled on but Charlton were the better side and Anderson shot just wide looking for a hat-trick, then Dempsey shot just over.
The scoring was completed on 77 minutes with a clever fifth goal for Charlton from a short corner down the right, Freddy Barton’s cross was headed into the net by Karren Isiaka.
The final few minutes saw Cray looking to reduce the arrears and Kwame Poku turned and hit a shot from 25 yards which was well held by Osaghe. The keeper who had a very good game also did well to save bravely when Parker was played through and the shot was blocked.
In the end there could be no doubt that the better side had won on the night and there were some very promising young players in the Charlton side and will be hard to beat in this competition. Cray worked hard and had a few good young players as well but on this night Charlton were well worth their victory.
Cray Wanderers: Nick Blue, Lee Lewis, Archie Johnson, Marcus Evans, Mitchell Nelson (Capt.), Zak Henry, Sean Roberts (Kyrique Garvey-Williams, H/T), Karl Dent (Kwame Poku, 67), Freddie Parker, Malik Solebo, Jerome Federico (Cain Cruz, 64): Subs: Adam Bambroffe, Tiwa Fujamade
Charlton Athletic: Joseph Osaghe, Freddy Barton, Jordan Zemura, Taylor Maloney (Capt.), Jo Cummings, Billy French, Terrique Anderson (Karren Isiaka, 71), Ben Dempsey (Ryan Godding, 76), Wilberforce Ocran, James Gody (James Vennings, 61), Luke Carey: Subs: Charlie Moore, Ashley Maynard-Brewer
Referee: Peter Cruise
Assistants: Daniel Fryer & Daniel Blades
4th Official: James Black