Bostik Development League South – 15/4/19
Cray Wanderers U23s 3 Lewis 5, Parker 10, Carty 22
Molesey U23s 1 Hervi 17 pen
Cray Wanderers U23s moved up to third place in the Bostik Development South league table as they completed their home fixtures with victory against Molesey on a chilly night at Hayes Lane. This was Cray’s first home game for a couple of months but went into the match unbeaten in three league games and looked to end the season on a high with one more league match at Burgess Hill on 25th April to play.
The Wands with Barney Williams getting a run out for an hour got off to an electric start against Molesey with two excellent goals in the first ten minutes with a stunning strike from 25 yards from Lee Lewis followed by a crisp, well taken goal from Freddie Parker. Molesey pulled a goal back from the penalty spot through Darius Hervi before five minutes later Deshon Carty scored from close range to restore the two goal advantage.
The game began at a cracking pace and both sides could have scored early on but were denied by good saves. Firstly after 30 seconds Cray came close when Malik Solebo found space down the right of the penalty area but his shot was saved well by the feet of keeper Kit Fletcher. Then up the other end a skimming shot from Keshaun McCalla from 20 yards was pushed round the right post by Tiwa Fujimade.
On five minutes Cray took the lead with a breathtaking strike from Lee Lewis who picked the ball up between 25-30 yards from goal and hit a rasping shot which flew into the top right hand corner of the net.
Cray were playing with great confidence and the ball was worked down the left of the penalty area and Deshon Carty saw a near post shot pushed behind by Fletcher for a corner. From the corner, Donnell Anderson shot over the top.
On ten minutes Cray increased their lead with a classy, well worked goal when Carty did well to cushion the ball inside the area and switched the ball out to Charles Etumnu down the right whose ball into the area found Freddie Parker who hit a first time shot from 15 yards which hit the back of the net and Cray were off and running for the evening.
Molesey though weren’t playing badly and from a corner down the left, the ball was swung into the area and Fujimade punched the ball away, and the ball fell to Darius Hervi just inside the area who was nudged in the back by Ronnie Payne and a penalty kick was awarded. Hervi stepped up on 17 minutes to score from the spot.
On 22 minutes Cray restored their two goal advantage with a touch of good fortune as Solebo made a run down the right of the area and a defender looking to clear sliced the ball across the area into the path of Carty who made no mistake to score from six yards.
An exciting first half continued in the same vein as from a free kick down the right, Lewis’s ball to the near post was met by Joe Barber but was denied by a fine save by Fletcher pushing the ball round the post. At the other end, Alec Sykes shot just over the bar.
Cray continued to look threatening and Solebo shot over the bar, another free kick from Lewis on the right was met by Payne inside the area and gathered on the line by Fletcher.
Then on 36 minutes, Parker set up Lewis for a shot which was well saved by Fletcher and as the ball came loose Parker was flagged offside. A minute later, Parker came close again with a shot from just outside the area which crashed off the top of the crossbar.
Finally before half time a Solebo cross came to Etumnu whose shot was held on the line by Fletcher.
Half Time: 3-1
The second half temperature seemed to drop as did the intensity of the game and there was more of an end of season feel to the proceedings.
There were a few opportunities with Fujimade called into action early on to make saves from a Tom Dean header from a corner and then following a ball over the top, Hervi hit a low shot which was well held. For Cray, a shot from 25 yards from Parker was deflected and went through to Fletcher.
From a free kick out on the right of the area, Parker clipped over a shot which came off the angle of post and crossbar and over.
For the visitors a shot from Sayaum Parks curled wide of goal while for Cray a cross from the right from Carty just skimmed off the head of Payne inside the area and off target.
Going into the last ten minutes the game picked up a bit of pace and Anderson shot over the bar from distance for Cray and a Parker cross must missed the onrushing Payne inside the area.
At the other end, a cross shot from the right by James Meechan was heading for the top corner and Fujimade did well to turn the ball aside. Then from a corner, Dean saw a shot blocked and Fujimade claimed the ball from the rebound.
Towards the end, Payne cut inside from the left to fire in a shot which was gathered by Fletcher and then Parker down the right, worked his way just inside the area and fired a shot which went just past the left post. The final action saw a snap volley from Parks go wide for Molesey but the game was to all intents and purposes won in the first quarter of the game and Cray picked up another three points putting them on 39 points for the season.
There are some really excellent young players in Mark Dacey’s side, hopefully many of which will become Cray Wanderers first team players in the coming years and the future is extremely bright.
Cray: Tiwa Fujamade, Barney Williams (Ben Hullet, 60), Donnell Anderson, Joe Barber (Capt.), Ben Newman, Charles Etumnu (Alfie Young, 77), Malik Solebo, Lee Lewis (Akan Kasab, 60), Deshon Carty, Ronnie Payne, Freddie Parker: Subs: Robbie Daye, David Showemimo
Molesey: Kit Fletcher, Jamie Meechan, Arnold Kanajagin (Dallas Smith-Russell H/T), Alf Smith, Matthew David, Tom Dean (Capt.), Alec Sykes (Seyoum Parks, 57), Harry Boxall, Keshaun McCalla, Darius Hervi, Doukori Mamadu
Referee: Ian Bentley
Assistants: Adam Peters, Ben Perryman