Selkent League U15 Division A
Cray Wanderers U15s 4 Dartford U15s 3
The Cray Wanderers U15s made it five league games unbeaten after a dramatic victory against Dartford at Mottingham Recreation Ground. Timi Osidobu’s side move up to fifth place with the win which saw the Wands lead 1-0 at half time and then briefly fell behind in the second half before roaring back to win the game.
Cray dominated the majority of the first half and the pace of Nathaniel Ampah caused Dartford all sorts of problems down the left hand side. A strong run early on saw Ampah reach the penalty area and his near post shot forced the keeper to make a smart stop.
The Wands were unlucky not to score when from a right wing corner the ball fell to Ryan-Luca Antonimbi whose shot was blocked and the follow up forced the keeper to make another fine save.
Dartford looked occasionally threatening in the first half and were unlucky when the no 9 found himself inside the area but was denied by a fine last ditch tackle by Luke Kelly-Easton.
In the 20th minute Cray took the lead when the ball was worked down the right and fell to Billy Keen who hit a sweet half volley which crept into the net through a crowd of players.
The Wands continued to press forward and Ampah came close to scoring again with a ball across which just missed the onrushing Keen. Dominic Rushton was then denied with a block inside the area and then Keen saw an effort saved by the legs of the Dartford keeper.
Before half time, Dartford started to pose a threat and the no 18 shot straight at keeper, Gabriel Summers and then the no 7 curled a shot just over.
Half Time: 1-0
Cray started the second half poorly and had trouble keeping hold of the ball and this allowed Dartford to get back into the game. Twice Sommers had to make smart stops as Dartford started to create chances.
In the 56th minute Dartford levelled when a ball in from the right hand side found the no 12 whose initial shot was saved but following up the rebound scored from five yards.
Two minutes later, Dartford went ahead with a fine goal when the no 7 cut inside from the right and hit an excellent shot which flew into the net.
Cray though showed tremendous character to come back and got a second wind and had an excellent ten minutes in which they scored three goals.
Firstly they levelled in the 61st minute when Keen played a superb ball through to Lucas Baker down the right of the penalty area and he smashed home a crashing shot at the keepers near post to make it 2-2.
Two minutes later, Cray were now in front when another fine through ball this time from Kelvin Bakare-Okon found Baker again who shrugged off a defender, strode on and placed a great finish into the net.
Then in the 67th minute, it was 4-2 to Cray when Ampah got the goal his performance deserved with a strong run down the left and he squeezed the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Cray came close to making it five when Rushton saw a close range effort saved by the keepers legs. Shortly after, Ronnie Meikie was played through and lobbed the ball over the bar.
Dartford made it a nervous finish for Cray when they pulled a goal back with four minutes to go when the no 9 tapped in from three yards but Cray were able to hang on for a big win.
Team: Gabriel Summers, Alex Green, Thomas Kelly-Reynolds, Luke Kelly-Easton, Aaronjeet Basi, Dominic Rushton, Ansu Sousso, Euan Vosper, Ryan-Luca Antonimbi, Billy Keen, Nathaniel Ampah: Ronnie Miekie, Kelvin Bakare-Okon, Lucas Baker
Elsewhere in the Selkent League the U13s Sharks moved up to third place in the U13B Central Division with an exciting 6-4 win at Petts Wood Black Crows.
In the Kent Youth League, there was a tremendous win in the U14 Kent County Cup for Sean Foley and Lee Amis’s side as they advanced through to the third round with an 8-2 win at Guru Nanak Youth.
Mike Bruno’s U16s won at Ebbsfleet United a couple of weeks ago and got another fine result by drawing 2-2 with Ebbsfleet at Goals Eltham. The U18s were beaten 0-4 at West Wickham in the U18 North and still await their first victory. In the U15 Kent League Cup, the U15s were beaten 3-5 at home to Faversham Strike Force.