Kent Youth League U18 Division North
Cray Wanderers U18s 0
Cray Wanderers U 18s B 5
The second Cray Wanderers v Cray Wanderers U18s derby game of the season ended with a fairly comfortable victory for the B side as three first half goals set them on the way to a win which included a hat-trick for Max Ash.
The U18s had gone second in the table after three straight wins in 2018 whilst the B team had been involved in some intense cup matches and so haven’t played as many league games as the U18s.
It was evident from the opening minutes that the B side meant business and looked very assured on the ball and Ash had the first shooting opportunity shooting just wide from distance.
The B team took the lead after 8 minutes when Kwame Poku played a great ball through to Akan Kasab down the right who drove a low shot into the bottom left corner giving keeper Frank Barbieri no chance to save.
Kasab saw a shot saved by Barbieri and then Ash curled a shot wide as the B team continued to dictate the pace.
In the 22nd minute the B side went two nil up when a right wing corner was floated across to the far post and with the Wands side unable to clear Ash got to the ball just before Adam Bambofree to nudge the ball into the net.
The Cray side looked to get back into it and Rio Gasal hit a shot from just outside the area which was saved by Tiwa Fujamade.
For the B side Kasab was denied by a smart save from Barbieri whist for Cray a corner from Matras to the back post found Gasal but couldn’t get a proper connection to the shot and the ball was cleared.
In the 29th minute the B side scored an excellent third goal when the ball was worked down the right and the ball was laid across to Ash who hit a cracking shot from 25 yards which crashed into the bottom left corner.
Half Time: 0-3
With the B team well ahead at the break they were able to pace themselves during the second half but still looked threatening and Poku down the left pulled a cross just across goal.
The fourth goal for the B side came six minutes after the break when Alfie Young down the left set up Kasab who hit a shot from just outside the area which Barbieri did well to push out but Ash reacted quickest to turn the ball home to complete his hat-trick.
Then Cameron Grant’s free kick was pushed out to Ben Hullet shot wide for the B team before the fifth and final goal in the 62nd minute. Again down the left Poku played the ball into the area to Ash whose shot was again saved by Barbieri but once again quick reactions from Robbie Daye who followed up to score.
Cray Wanderers kept going but didn’t really get top scorer Kwaku Gyabi Junior into the game who was well contained by the B side and the nearest they came to scoring was when Matras made a good run forward and shot wide.
For the B side Stan Hitchcock showed good poise to make a run down the left but he pulled his cross shot just across goal.
In the end the B team ran out comfortable winners but the Cray Wanderers side remain second in the table but have played more games than other teams around them and the B side have played five less games so will be playing catch up in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere the U15s Kent County Cup Quarter-Final between Dartford and Cray Wanderers was postponed due to issues with the structure which houses the 4G pitch at Princes Park (With thanks to Lee Amis for the lift to Foots Cray Rugby Club).
In the Selkent League, the U14s drew 3-3 at Petts Wood Rooks making them unbeaten in their last two games. The U12s drew 2-2 at Our Lady Youth Blue in the Selkent League Central Division. They are third in the table, one point behind leaders Eversley Rangers White.