Selkent League – U10s Division C
Cray Wanderers U10s 8
Teviot Rangers U10s 2
The Cray Wanderers U10s hit top form to win an exciting encounter against Teviot Rangers at Mottingham Playing Fields.
On a sunny and dry morning Cray got off to a flying start with two quick goals and never really looked back as goals from Nathan Pegus, Ledion Ceku, two fine strikes from Mehmet Ali-Aslan and a Eser Kumander goal gave Cray a 6-1 half time lead. Two more goals in the second half through Alex England completed the scoring and gave Cray perhaps the best win of the season.
Cray began brightly and Ledion Ceku tested the keeper with an early strike but shortly after Cray went ahead when Ceku found Nathan Pegus down the right of the area and he squeezed in a shot at the near post to make it 1-0.
A minute later it was 2-0 when Ceku worked his way into the area and fired low into the net and Cray were off and running.
Cray had other chances to score and Ayomide Ogunsina shot just wide and the Teviot goalkeeper did well to save from Mehmet Ali-Aslan’s shot, parrying the ball away and then did well to save a close range shot from Ceku on the line. The Teviot keeper was very busy and pushed a shot from Matt Karge round the post.
The Wands added a third goal when Ali-Aslan made a strong run from midfield into the area and hit a low shot which hit the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Eser Kumander saw a shot saved and did well to claim at the second attempt and then Karge shot just wide.
An all action first half still had more to come and it became 4-0 when Ali-Aslan scored his second when he found time and space to shoot and rifled a shot into the roof of the net .
Then moments later it was 5-0 when Karge down the left of the area did well to fire in a shot which went in at the near post.
Teviot though battled hard and pulled a goal back when the no 9 slipped a pass through to the no 4 who did well to tuck home a tidy finish to make it 5-1.
Just before half time Cray scored a sixth goal when Kumander down the left fired in from close range and an exciting first half came to a close.
The second half pace continued to be quick and Ogunsina fired a shot just wide in the early stages of the half,
Cray scored a seventh goal four minutes into the half when Alex England was found by a fine pass from Ali-Aslan and usually the goalkeeper, England showed great finishing ability to crash home a fine shot.
Both England and Ali-Aslan saw shots saved by the keeper before Teviot pulled another goal back when a right wing cross was despatched on the volley by the no 6 to make it 7-2.
Straight from the kick off Cray scored an eighth goal and England scored his second from the edge of the six yard box.
Cray could have hit double figures and Ali-Aslan was unlucky to see a shot crash back off the crossbar and England looking for a hat-trick shot just wide.
Before the end there were chances for Ceku who was denied by a blocked save from the keeper while at the other end, replacement keeper Karge saved from the no 6 with his feet. Then Kumander saw an effort cleared off the line and England a shot held.
The only blemish on a fine game was a totally unsavoury exchange from a parent of one of the Teviot players who decided he was going to be the star of the show who berated referee and Cray coach Jonathan England in the most coarse and unnecessary manner and spoilt the game with the bad language used in front of 9 year old players. Jonathan to his credit showed remarkable restraint despite the provocation and got on with the job in hand with great dignity and saw out the remaining minutes.
Well played to the team today who played some excellent football and with great joy in doing so and took their goals well and defended well against a better side than the scoreline suggests.
Team: Alex England, Nathan Pegus, Matt Karge, Eser Kumander, Mehmet Ali-Aslan, Samuel Musaki, Kobe Graham, Ayomide Ogunsina, Ledion Ceku
Also in the Selkent League, the U13s Sharks were in red-hot form in the Selkent Shield Red Competition winning 10-2 at home to Darford FC White. Cray have three points in the group from the 2 games played.
The U14s also had a good win at Mottingham Playing Fields beating Dulwich Village Black 4-1 to move off the bottom of the U14B Yellow Division with goals from Steven Giron-Clavijo, True Simon (2) and Renaldae Brown.
Two sides were in friendly action with the U16s for the second week running beating U18s opposition beating VCD Athletic 3-0 at John Roan Playing Fields.
Meanwhile the U13s Lions who head to Holland for a tournament next week drew 2-2 at K Sports despite being without 5 key players.