Kent Youth League U18 Division North
Cray Wanderers U18s B 2
Greenwich Borough U18s 2
Cray Wanderers U18s B completed their Kent Youth League fixtures for the season with an entertaining draw against Greenwich Borough at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
In a game with not a lot riding on it, Cray had already confirmed a second placed finish in the league table and finished seven points behind champions Dulwich Hamlet. Greenwich Borough were in good form going into the game but Cray who hadn’t played since 22nd April had lost just one of their previous nine match so a good match was anticipated.
After an evenly matched scoreless first half the game sprung into life in the second and Greenwich took the lead on the hour. However a resilient Cray side roared back and scored twice in four minutes going into the last ten minutes through Adam Bambofree and Akan Kasab and it looked like Cray were heading for victory. Greenwich though wouldn’t lie down and levelled going into the last minute and the game ended in a draw.
After an initial spell of sparring Cray had the first shooting opportunity when Robbie Daye hooked a first time shot over the bar in the seventh minute.
Greenwich seemed quite content to play the game safely but looked a strong side and would be hard to break down.
Cray were then unlucky not to score when Toby Bayliss’s ball forward found Daye who from just inside the penalty area rolled a shot fractionally wide of the left post. Then Ben Hullett’s ball into the box to the far post almost came to Cameron Grant but the Greenwich keeper did well to claim the ball.
Greenwich started to get into the game as an attacking force and one effort from a midfield player was half hit and claimed by Tiwa Fujamade. Then a better chance when the ball was worked down the left and a cross was driven wide of the left post by the forward.
Cray came close when Daye bustled his way into the area but drove his shot just past the left post. Then for Greenwich down the right a wickedly driven cross shot was pushed out by Fujamade but no-one was on hand to follow up and the ball was cleared.
As the half wore on, the always lively Akan Kasab saw a shot from the edge of the area saved by the keeper while for Greenwich the captain saw a shot from 30 yards which was comfortable for Fujamade to save.
The game continued to pick up pace as the half wore on and Kyrique Garvey-Williams found Grant who fired over for Cray from 20 yards.
Cray were a bit unfortunate to have a goal chalked off when a good ball from Hullett put Adam Bamofree free down the right of the penalty area and finished well but the linesman’s flag was raised.
Then in stoppage time at the end of the half Kasab and Daye combined down the right and Daye’s cross to the far post sought out Grant but the keeper did well to paw the ball behind for a corner. From the corner, the ball came to Bayliss who shot well wide. There was still time with the last kick of the half for Showemi Mo to shoot just over the top.
Half Time: 0-0
The second half took a little while to get going as Cray continued to press for a goal but Greenwich were continuing to look resolute at the back.
The first real chance of the second half came in the 59th minute when Garvey-Williams played in Max Ash who strode into the area down the right but just pulled a shot past the post.
A minute later, Greenwich Borough took the lead when a good ball down the right saw the winger put a over a cross to the near post which the forward got their quickest too to divert the ball into the net.
For Cray, Kasab shot wide but Greenwich had their tails up and almost scored a second when down the left the forward cut inside into the area and saw his first effort parried by Fujamade and following up saw his effort was a difficult angle come back off the crossbar.
The Wands came close when Garvey-Williams set up Daye down the left of the area who drew a very good save from the keeper who did well to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Cray continued to press and deserved their equaliser which came in the 82nd minute. From a throw in down the left Daye cushioned the ball to Alfie Young who turned past a defender and whipped over a superb cross which was met by the head of Bambofree who powererd an unstoppable header into the top left hand corner of the net.
Two minutes later Cray threatened again when Mo hit a shot from 25 yards which the keeper did well to push away at the right post.
With five minutes to go Cray took the lead with a superb goal when Hullet’s ball forward was brought down by Kasab, a nod back from Ash and Kasab who strode into the area and from 14 yards delicately placed a shot through three defenders into the bottom right corner for a lovely finish and an acrobatic back flip to celebrate.
There was quite a bit of the game to go due to stoppages and Greenwich threatened a goal first from a free kick which was played into the area and the forward was denied by a good block from Fujamade who held on to the ball at the second attempt. Then a shot from distance when fractionally over the top.
With the game in its final minute, Greenwich were awarded a free kick, 30 yards out on the right. The ball was floated into the six yard box and a midfield player managed to squeeze the ball into the net to make it 2-2.
There was still time in injury time for Daye to pull a shot just wide of goal and then a good cross down the right from Bambofree was deflected across goal. Finally, Ash was unlucky to see his shot from Young’s pass deflected behind for a corner.
In the end the game finished in a 2-2 draw and was certainly a competitive game with a lot of endeavour and commitment from both teams. Mark Dacey’s side can look back on a very satisfactory season and are always a very good team to watch and with many being so close now to first team consideration that is the mark of decent side with potential.
Team: Tiwa Fujamade, Adam Bambofree, Alfie Young, Ben Hullet, Joe Barber, Toby Bayliss, Cameron Grant, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Showemi Mo, Akan Kasab, Robbie Daye; Max Ash
The Cray Wanderers U15s were knocked off the top once again of the Kent Youth League North Division as Phoenix Sports were awarded three points from their away trip to Kent Football United to go two points clear at the top. However, Cray have two games in hand and could win the title if they win at Long Lane on Wednesday evening and if not still have a home game against Junior Elite on Sunday.
Congratulations to the Cray Wanderers U12s who completed a league and cup double with a dramatic victory against Athenlay in the Selkent Blue Shield decider. Cray won a remarkable match 6-5 after coming back from 0-3 down to win the shield to go along with the Division title won four weeks ago. Goals scorers in the game were Blu Husthwaite (2), Josh Senyange, Max Sani, Victor Damyanov and Elisha Oshevare. Well done to Barry Husthwaite’s fine young team who next season make the step up to 11 a side football.
The Cray Wanderers U14s completed their fixtures with a double header against Dulwich United Yellow with Dulwich winning two close matches, 5-3 and 4-1 against James Taylor’s gutsy side.