Cray Wanderers Youth Roundup – 11/11/18
Selkent League U13s B Division
Cray Wanderers U13s Lions 3 Dulwich United Black U13s 0
The Cray Wanderers U13s Lions continued their 100% winning start to the U13s B Division season with an impressive win against Dulwich United Black at Mottingham Playing Fields. Here coach Steve Redman takes up the story.
Cray welcomed Dulwich on Remembrance Sunday looking to maintain their 100% record and consolidate the position at the top of the table. The minute silence was impeccably observed by both sides and the game was underway. Cray lined up with Harry in goal, a back four of Callum, Heath, Oliver and captain Andy who incidentally was sporting his new captains armband. The midfield consisted of Jack and Elliott, with Joseph and Kaya taking the wide positions. Up front was hat trick hero from last week Alfie, alongside Sam. Cray started off well and were putting some good passing moved together. Alfie and Sam both tested the keeper before a clever short corner between Alfie and Callum saw the later cross for Sam to poke home and put Cray 1-0 up. The midfield of Elliott and Jack were bossing the game and the defence were largely untroubled with Harry off his line quickly to smother any Dulwich counter attacks. Subs Kaya, Zuriel, Ben and Kieran were introduced in the first half and Kieran saw a header go just over from a Callum corner. Callum saw a long range effort well saved and Oliver shot just wide in a one sided 1st half. At half time, manager Steve asked for more composure in and around the box as well as more communication.
The 2nd half was underway and Kaya was troubling the Dulwich left back. On a number of occasions, he got the better off him and set up chances for the strikers who failed to convert. Sam, Rashaard and Alfie saw shots well saved by an excellent performance from the Dulwich keeper. Jack and Elliott also had good efforts blocked. Mid way through the 2nd half, some good play down the left by Oliver and Zuriel resulted in a free-kick and Oliver stood over the ball with one thing in mind. You know what happens next, Oliver curls the ball in the top corner putting Cray 2-0 up and notching his 4th crazy free kick of the season. With such a solid defensive display, manager Steve was able to rotate players so everyone got decent minutes. With a few minutes left, Joseph crossed for Rashaard to plant a header into the corner to cap off another good performance from the Cray u13s.
Team: Harry, Callum, Heath, Andy, Oliver, Kaya, Elliott, Jack, Joseph, Alfie, Sam, Zuriel, George, Ben, Keiran and Rashaard
Please see here Oliver Perkins crash home the Cray Lions second goal
Kent County Cup – 2nd Round
Ebbsfleet United U14s 2 Cray Wanderers U14s 0
Meanwhile in the Kent County Cup 2nd Round, the Kent Youth League U14s were knocked out of the competition at Ebbsfleet United 0-2, but they deserved more than that. Cray were overall the better side against a very good side in Ebbsfleet. They went 1-0 down against the run of play after 10 minutes. The game was on a knife edge as Cray searched for an equaliser, they were caught out with five minutes to go when Ebbsfleet scored a second.
Ebbsfleet were more clinical in front of goal, but Cray can be very proud of their efforts in a tight game. Cray have come a long way in short space of time and look forward to returning to league action next week.
Selkent League U14s B Division Yellow
Cray Wanderers U14s 4
Greenwich Tigers Hawks U14s 6
The Cray Wanderers Selkent League U14s went down to a Remembrance Day defeat in a thrilling high-scoring contest but just fell short at the end at 5-4 down they threatened a draw before a breakaway goal for Greenwich Tigers.
The tone was set for a high-scoring game with two goals in the first three minutes of the game. The real difference between the sides was the Greenwich no 7, who was direct and strong and scored five goals for Greenwich Tigers and he made a surging run into the box after two minutes and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Cray though bounced back a minute later with Renaldae Brown turning and finishing well and it looked like we had a thriller on our hands.
Greenwich went back in front on 9 minutes when again the no 7 showed his quality this time down the right and his first shot was saved but following up he calmly fired home.
Cray had a good spell as Greenwich were despeartely defending but out of nothing made it 3-1 when the no 4 crashed in a superb shot from the edge of the area. Both sides had chances to score but it was 3-1 to Greenwich at half time.
Cray got back into the game within thirty seconds of a frenetic second half when Brown saw a shot blocked bu following up Steven Giron-Clavijo scored from close range.
The Wands came close to levelling a couple of times but found themselves 4-2 down with a goal on the break when the no 7 completed his hat-trick with a fierce drive from 20 yards.
Three minutes later it looked like the game was over when the no 7 scored his fourth slotting into the net after another surging run.
Cray though showed a lot of character and Giron-Clavijo scored his second of the game with a classy finish down the left to make it 5-3.
There were less than three minutes left when Cray scored a fourth when Victor Ekissi down the right saw his first shot blocked and then turned in the rebound to set up a frantic last few minutes.
Cray laid seige to the Greenwich goal but they somehow managed to cling on and with the game deep into what seemed a fair bit of stoppage time, broke away with the no 7 once again showing his pace to finish coolly to end the scoring.
Also in the Selkent League, the U13s bounced back in style from last weekend;s defeat to Dulwich Village with a 6-1 win against Danson Sports Blue putting them back on track.
The U12s Piranhas have had an excellent start to their season and were impressive 4-1 winners at Eltham Lions. The U12s Sharks were beaten 1-4 by Baldon Sports.
There was a very good win for the U10s who beat Welling United 3-2 at Mottingham Playing Fields while the U10s Lions lost 2-7 at Danson Sports. The U7s who look like being a super side over the coming years won both their matches 7-1 and 12-1.
In the Kent Youth League, the U16s match with FC Elmstead was a casualty of the weather.