Thamesmead Town U21s v Cray Wanderers U21s
Ryman U21 Development League North: 11/4/17
Thamesmead Town U21s 6
Efe 4, 23, 53, Koroma 78, Odukoya 83 pen,
Cray Wanderers U21s 1
The Cray Wanderers U21s final away game of the season ended in defeat as they were put to the sword by a rampant Thamesmead Town side.
The match got off to a fast start and the home side took the lead after just four minutes. A an excellent ball forward sprung the offside trap and Jeremiah Efe strode on to tuck home an impressive finish from fifteen yards.
Ex Cray forward Joel Massamba pulled a shot wide for the home side whilst Cray came close when Cain Cruz found Ralique Lawrence down the right who drove a shot wide from nine yards.
Cray hadn’t started the game badly and almost got back on level terms when in a goalmouth scramble Tyrone Guthrie saw a shot blocked by a combination of goalkeeper and defender.
Thamesmead though were very strong up front and went two nil up in the 23rd minute. From a free kick out on the right, Gary Mulgrew’s ball into the box was swept home in emphatic style again by Efe.
The match then got rather scrappy with quite a few stoppages with Thamesmead generally dominating the remainder of the half.
The second half had more flow to the game and Cray looked to get back into it when from a right wing corner the ball came to Tyrece Scott-Riley whose snap shot was deflected through to the goalkeeper.
The game though was effectively ended in the 53rd minute with a third Thamesmead goal. A neat passing build up saw Dayo Santana set up Efe for a clinical strike from twelve yards to complete his hat-trick.
Cray almost got back into the game on the hour when Tyrelle David played the ball through to Lawrence whose goal bound shot was blocked by the foot of Thamesmead keeper, Max Ovenden.
Then Scott-Riley set up Guthrie for a shot which went just wide from twenty yards. This was followed by David playing in Guthrie again who this time shot wide of the left post. Then Connor Phelps ball into the box was met by the head of Lawrence but couldn’t direct his header on goal.
The Wands seemed to tire a bit in the last fifteen minutes and Thamesmead scored a fourth goal in the 78th minute. A very neat passing move from the home side saw the ball come to Samuel Koroma who found space and coolly slotted the ball wide of Sean Law and into the net.
Thamesmead almost scored again when Ayo Odukoya fired wide before they were awarded a penalty seven minutes from time when Koroma was played through and was pushed in the back by Zak Henry. Odokoya slotted home the penalty to make it 5-0.
Cray had kept going and deserved to get a goal through their endeavour and notched a consolation goal in the 89th minute when David did well down the right to play in Lawrence who scored with a neat finish for a goal his performance deserved.
The Wands evening though was complete when straight from the kick off James Walkinshaw launched the ball from just over the half way line which caught Law a bit stranded and landed into the net cue much delirium on the Thamesmead bench.
In the end you couldn’t really argue that Thamesmead had been the better side and were very clinical with their finishing. The Wands worked hard but it wasn’t their night.
They now finish off the season with home games and take on Tilbury at Oakley Road on Tuesday, 18th April.
Cray: Sean Law, Connor Phelps, Matt Hall, Abdul Wahab, Zak Henry (Capt.), Steven Hollis, Ralique Lawrence, Charlie Horbacki, Cain Cruz (Tyrece Scott-Riley, 33), Tyrone Guthrie, Tyrelle David: Sub: John Paul Collier
Thamesmead Town: Max Ovenden, Harvey Brand, Gary Mulgrew (Capt.), Sharn Quinn, James Walkinshaw, Jake Lovell, Dayo Santana (Akinwale Akisami, 78), Richard Edwardes, Joel Massamba, Jeremiah Efe (Ayo Odokoya, 61), Jordan Williams (Samuel Koroma, 66)
Referee: Silvester Aina
Assistants: Dave Buck, Matthew Chappell