U13s KYL Friendly match
Cray Wanderers U13s 6
Glebe U13s 2
The Cray Wanderers Kent Youth League U13s took advantage of a fixture postponement today to arrange a friendly against Glebe U13s at the Queen Mary University ground in Chislehurst. With the Wands top of the table clash at Kent Football United a victim of the weather and with Glebe without a game then the two sides got together to produce a high quality and entertaining encounter played at breakneck speed and with barely a break in play.
Andy McPherson & Scott Butler’s Cray side have been on a tremendous run of form since December and are currently 2nd in the KYL Central Division after Whyteleafe’s win put them back on top of the table.
In cold and windy conditions occasionally brightened up by the sun but also with drizzly rain, conditions weren’t easy but two good sides, Glebe are 2nd in the KYL North Division coped with the weather well.
Cray sprung out of the traps very quickly and on 3 minutes took the lead when Charlie McPherson found Frankie Macioca who played a superb pass from midfield through to Harmony Okwumo who bore down on goal and calmly slotted the ball into the net.
Glebe came close when the no 4 shot wide from outside the box while for Jameel Buhari shot wide as the game went from end to end.
On the quarter of an hour mark Cray scored a second when from a corner down the right, the ball was played towards goal by Ruari Woodcock and crept in at the near post.
Glebe had a little spell where they threatened a comeback and from a free kick out on the left of the area the no 11 played the ball towards goal and Connor Cooper did very well to get down to save and the ball was cleared.
Then the no 11 made a strong run forward from midfield and played the ball through to the no 8 inside the area who seemed certain to score but his shot was turned over the bar brilliantly by Cooper for a corner.
The rest of the half saw Okwumo shoot wide on a couple of occasions as did Macioca and then Ashley Koroma set up Romario Williams who curled a shot just over.
Just before half time it was 3-0 to Cray when Tommy Brown made a great run down the right and put over a cross to Khemani Aiyanyo who controlled the ball and turned the ball into the net under the keeper to give Cray a good lead at the break.
Half Time: 3-0
The second half began the same as the first with Cray on the attack and Jordan Adeje down the left sent over a fine ball to the far post to Brown who shot over the top.
Five minutes into the half though Glebe pulled a goal back when the ball came to the no 8 who found space and curled a shot over Cooper into the net to make it 3-1.
Still the game went from end to end and Adeje tested the Glebe keeper with a shot inside the area and Macioca and Henry Phillips shot wide.
Twelve minutes into the second half it was 4-1 to Cray with another good piece of finishing when Macioca put Brown in on goal and his shot was well blocked by the keeper and following up Aiyanyo rifled home his second goal of the game.
Still Glebe weren’t finished and two minutes pulled another goal back when the no 14 took advantage of a deflected pass to turn and shoot into the net.
Cray continued to attack went 5-2 up when Woodcock found Macioca down the right of the area and his calmly clipped the ball into the bottom left corner.
Glebe almost pulled another goal back when from a corner the ball came to the no 19 and his shot was well held by Cooper.
The final Cray goal arrived when Riley Butler down the right played Woodcock through into the area and took the ball round the keeper and laid the ball to Koroma who finished well to make it 6-2.
Towards the end Woodcock curled a shot over and Aiyanyo saw a deflected behind but there was so much good football to look back on and both teams deserve enormous credit for such a great game on a cold day.
The Wands are a real joy to watch, play the game with a smile on their faces and have looked the part this season and have every reason to be optimistic about the remaining weeks of the season.
Team: Connor Cooper, Teddy Gatsell, Jordan Adeje, Henry Phillips, Archie Washington, Khemani Aiyanyo, Tommy Brown, Frankie Macioca, Harmony Okwumo, Riley Butler, Charlie McPherson; Tommy Franklen, Romario Williams, Ruari Woodcock, Jameel Buhari, Ashley Koroma.
The U16s confidence is sky high after a great league run and after last weekend’s League Cup semi-final victory against Sevenoaks Town sets up a late March final against Welling United. This afternoon they continued their quest for back to back North Division league titles with a crushing 9-2 victory against FC Elmstead at John Roan Playing Fields. Cray are 2nd in the KYL North table, a point behind leaders Glebe and in this form could be unstoppable with a big match against Glebe at home on 24th February.
The Kent Youth League U14s were not in action as their game with Bredhurst Juniors was postponed but they still lead the Central Division on 35 points two clear of Thamesmead Town who do have five games in hand.
Meanwhile in the Selkent League as seems the norm, the U9s Sharks got the morning off and running with a 2-0 win at a bitterly cold Greenway Aces.
Please see here another report from one of the players parents on the game.
Today’s game for the U9s Sharks was an away trip to Greenway Aces. The game started off quite scrappy as conditions were very difficult on a slippery and muddy pitch.
As the half wore on the Sharks began to dominate with some lovely passing and their first real chance fell to Archy Newland with a mazy run and shot which was well saved by the Greenways keeper who went on to make a couple more saves keeping the Sharks out. The deadlock was broken when Liam Ellis picked the ball up in midfield then drove forward and produced a great powerful strike into the top corner of the goal: 1-0 at half time.
The second half continued the same way as the first half had ended with the Sharks dominating possession creating chances but finding it difficult to get through Greenways defence. However as in the first the Sharks eventually found a way through by way of a corner from Newland which found its way to Ralf Nicholas Lwho finished well: 2-0. Full Time.
In some difficult conditions the boys really put the effort in with everyone of them having a contribution and an positive impact on the game. This made if 5 wins in a row for the Sharks.
Team: S. Foreman, J. Costello, R. Nicholas, L. Ellis, A. Newland, O. Richardson, A. Russell, O. Moran
The U13s Sharks have been in tremendous form since returning from the Christmas break and made it four league wins in a row and scoring 28 goals in the process in some style by winning away to Crayford Arrows by the score of 11-0. This win puts Cray level on points at the top of the U13sA table with FC Tempo but Cray have played three games more.
The U14s were beaten 2-5 at Kent Football United in the B Division Yellow. The U13s Lions were not in action this weekend.
The U12s Piranhas were due to be in Selkent Cup action this morning but their game with Orpington at John Roan Playing Fields was postponed and subject to weather will be played next Sunday. There was no game either for the U12s side.
The U10s Lions were beaten 1-6 by Greenways Aces at Mottingham Playing Fields in the only mini-football game played with no game for the U10s. The U7s in the Selkent Cup Semi Final was postponed for a second week with the Marathon Ground waterlogged.