U16s Kent League Cup – Quarter Final
Cray Wanderers U16s 8
Whyteleafe U16s 0
Cray Wanderers U16s advanced into the Semi-Finals of the Kent League Cup after a ruthless and hugely impressive performance to beat Whyteleafe 8-0 on a cold and windy afternoon at John Roan Playing Fields.
A devastating attacking display in the first half brought six goals and a hat-trick from Femi Abatan all great strikes, two apiece from Finn Healey and Akola Salami and a late penalty from Tobi Fashola ensured a smooth passage into the Semi-Final in February.
Cray began the game well and were looking to overcome the disappointment of the Kent County Cup defeat to Bromley last Sunday. Sean Foley and Lee Amis’ side almost scored in the first minute of the game when Healey found Abatan down the right and his cross to the far post was fired over by Salami.
Whyteleafe looked confident too going forward but Cray looked to be in great form and on six minutes took the lead when Sean Foley played a ball out from the left to right to Abatan who from around 25 yards floated in a shot which flew into the net giving the keeper no chance.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Max Gayle’s pass found Salami whose shot came back off the crossbar and following up, Healey had a tap in from a couple of yards.
The unlucky Salami then hit the crossbar again and Abatan’s follow up was blocked as Cray continued on the offensive. Then Foley’s cross was fired over by Salami on the stretch.
Whyteleafe had a little spell of pressure and the no 10 shot over after Bobby Pavoux pushed away a cross from the right before for Cray, William Amis hit a dipping shot from 35 yards which only just cleared the crossbar.
On 25 minutes, Cray scored a third goal when Healey played in Salami and finished clinically wide of the keeper into the bottom left corner.
Five minutes later it was 4-0 and to all intents and purposes game over with a quality strike from Healey who rifled in a unstoppable shot from 20 yards.
Another two minutes passed and Cray scored a fifth and similar to the first goal as Abatan once again curled home an accurate shot into the net from out on the right.
Three minutes before half time, the Wands scored a sixth goal when Jesse Bonishel played in Salami down the left and placed a shot neatly wide of the keeper.
Half Time: 6-0
The second half was a more sedate affair with the game won. Whyteleafe to their credit kept playing and looking to get forward but Cray were playing with a fair level of control.
The seventh goal came ten minutes after the break and from Dylan Gilbert’s pass, Abatan found space down the right of the area and crashed home a shot at the near post which gave the keeper no chance and completed an outstanding hat-trick.
Whyteleafe had a couple of half-chances with the no 2 curling in a shot held by Pavoux and the same player shot just over from a Cray clearance.
With the game long since won, Cray finished the game strongly and completed the scoring six minutes from the end when down the right, Josh Richmond was upended in the area and Tobi Fashola stroked home the spot-kick.
Towards the end Cray almost grabbed another when Gayle found Salami who was unlucky to see his shot turned brilliantly round the right post by the keeper. From the corner, Abatan’s cross was met by the head of Eneo Baci but the no 3 was able to turn the ball behind.
This was a classy performance from Cray Wanderers today and showed them at their most devastating and last season’s U15s KYL Champions bounced back perfectly from the Bromley defeat in the best possible way.
Team: Bobby Pavoux, Kasey Bekoe, Dylan Gilbert, Tobi Fashola, William Amis, Jesse Bonishel, Theo Foley, Max Gayle, Finn Healey, Akola Salami, Femi Abatan; Taku Zhanghaza, Josh Richmond, Leslie Ariku, Eneo Baci
The Cray Wanderers U9s Sharks were the first youth team in action today as they travelled to Petts Wood Condors. Please see here a report as provided by one of the parents.
The boys started off really well which brought about two quick goals. The first a quality run and finish from Archie Newland. The second a great goal involving most of the team and scored with a superb header by Ralf Nicholas: 2-0.
The Sharks continued to dominate play and Ralf Nicholas scored his second from close range, 3-0. Petts Wood then began to play there way back into the game with two quick goals to make it 3-2.
These two quick goals drew an instant response from the Sharks in the shape of a magnificent long range strike from Liam Ellis: 4-2 at half-time.
In the second half the Sharks continued to dominate and added a fifth with a great strike and goal from Joe Costello, 5-2.
The Sharks although still creating chances also had to rely on their goalkeeper Sam to produce a great save tipping over the bar a shot from Petts Wood.
The game finished 5-2 which was a well deserved result for the Sharks who played some lovely football today.
Elsewhere there were some excellent results for Cray Wanderers Youth sides. In the Kent Youth League, the U13s who have been in tremendous form of late made it five wins in a row and went top of the Central Divison after a 3-0 win at Whyteleafe, league leaders at the start of the day to go two points clear at the top.
Another team at the top of the table are the U14s in the Kent Youth League Central Division who drew 2-2 at Greenway Aces after being two goals down. Cray lead the table by two points although Thamesmead Town and Glebe below them have games in hand.
Into the Selkent League, and the U13s have started 2019 in good form and built on last Sunday’s 6-0 win at Dulwich Village Orange with a 6-2 win at Palace Knights. Cray are second in the U13A Division.
The unbeaten U13s Lions remain top of the U13B Yellow Division after a 4-0 win at fourth placed Danson Sports Black. Cray lead the table by two points from Petts Wood Razorbills who the Wands beat last Sunday.
The Cray Wanderers U12s Piranhas have had an excellent season too and won 1-0 at Dulwich Village Black. They are second in the table a point behind leaders Dartford and are at home to Welling United next Sunday.
The U14s were 1-0 winners at Greenwich Tigers Hawks while the U12s Sharks were beaten 1-4 at Greenway Aces Hearts.
The U10s Lions were beaten 0-4 at home to Danson Sports while the U10s side lost 5-6 at Athenlay Rye. The U7s were beaten 0-1 by Baldon Sports winning the second game 4-1.
Overall a very positive series of results and performances from our excellent sides.