Kent Youth League – U14 Division Central
Cray Wanderers U14s 3
Corinthian U14s 2
The Cray Wanderers U14s recorded their first win of the season after a hugely entertaining victory against Corinthian at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
Despite quite a stiff breeze impacting the early stages of the game this didn’t effect the quality of the play. The game had lots of twists and in a first half in which Cray hit the bar twice and Corinthian once, the Wands led through Jay Simpson’s well taken goal at the break. The second half saw Corinthian level before Cray went back in front through Victor Daniels strike. Once again Corinthian fought back to score before a late winner for Cray through Ellis Newbold.
Rhys Barker’s Cray had lost their first game at Glebe 0-5, but this result didn’t tell the whole story of how well Cray played that day and began this game very impressively and from an early right wing corner, Ronnie Roberts ball into the box was met by the head of Jack Church but was unlucky to see his header come back off the crossbar.
Corinthian had their moments too and the 11 broke into the area but was denied by a very tackle from Lucas Ruffin putting the ball behind for a corner.
Cray had the best opportunity when the ball was played through to the impressive Callum Ellington who from just outside the area saw his shot pushed behind well by a sprawling keeper. From the corner again from Roberts and again Church rose to head the ball into the ground and back up against the top of the crossbar.
Corinthian fought back and from a corner down the right the cross from the no 12 reached the far post where the no 8 was unmarked but diverted his header into the side net. Then the no 14 turned and fired in a shot which was well held by Hugo Webb.
Cray took the lead in the 17th minute with a very good goal. Once again Ellington showed his pace to work his way down the left of the area and squared the ball to Jay Simpson who tucked home a super finish from 15 yards.
Corinthian almost drew level when the no 14 found the no 12 down the left of the area and hit a shot which thudded back off the crossbar.
Roberts was unlucky with a cross shot which the keeper pushed away and then before the break got away down the right and from just outside the area whipped over a cross which was glanced fractionally wide by Victor Daniels. Then Daniels curled a shot wide from 20 yards.
Half Time: 1-0
The second half continued in the same attacking vein but it was the visitors who would score in the 50th minute when from a free kick out on the left, the no 8 floated the ball towards the far post where the no 9 was on hand to turn the ball in virtually on the line.
Cray fought back and from a free kick on the right edge of the box about ten yards out, Archie Beard’s cross was met with a first time shot from just inside the D by Gary Johnson and went just over the top.
The Wands didn’t have to wait long to retake the lead when the ball came to Simpson down the left, cut into the area and played the ball into the six yard box where both Daniels and Ellis Newbold looked to get on the end and Daniels just got the final touch to score in off the post.
Then Simpson and Daniels combined again and put over a cross to the far post where Newbold just couldn’t get a strong connection and the ball went behind. Then down the right, Ruffin’s ball into the area was nudged wide by Newbold.
Cray were on top but Corinthian got back into the game once again with 11 minutes to go when from a throw in down the left into the area was flicked to the far post where the no 4 turned the ball into the net.
Then Ellington was played through and once again was denied by a very good diving save from the keeper. Then from a free kick into the area from Beard found Daniels who prodded the ball towards goal but was cleared off the line.
When it looked like Cray might have to settle for a point, they took the lead once again with five minutes to go when Ellington made a charging run into the area and his ball across was turned in by Newbold for a goal his performance deserved.
Cray were able to see out the remaining minutes and had played very well in the second half and just about deserved to win the game but both teams deserve great credit for a terrific game
Cray Wanderers: Hugo Webb, George Neve, Gary Johnson, Archie Beard, Lucas Ruffin, Jack Church, Ronnie Roberts, Ben Turner, Callum Ellington, George Clifford, Jay Simpson: Ellis Newbold, Alfie Boyle, Noah Cooper, Kaylon Murdock, Victor Daniels.
Selkent League U13sB Yellow Division
Cray Wanderers U13s 10 Welling Youth Red U13s 1
Meanwhile Sunday saw the start of the Selkent League with a number of Cray Wanderers youth sides making their first appearances of the season.
The Cray Wanderers U13s Lions have made the step up to 11 a side football and last season’s ESF Festival of Football Champions and Grand Champions have stepped up an age group into the U13B Division.
Steve Owen’s team took on Welling Youth Red at Mottingham Playing Fields in their first game and went goal crazy hitting double figures and in great style.
Welling started quite well and the no 3 hit a shot over and then curled a free kick into the arms of George Tolland.
Tolland then became creator as his ball upfield caught out the Welling back line and Alfie Sadlier latched onto the pass and did well to slot the ball in from a tightish angle.
The second goal soon followed when from a free kick played into the area Elliott Haywood took the ball round the keeper before slotting into the net.
Cray then saw an effort cleared off the line before a third goal was scored when a right wing cross from Haywood was pushed out and following up Rashad Drysdale tapped into the net.
Welling’s keeper did very well to keep out an effort from Callum Redman but stood no chance of saving the fourth goal which was well struck by Ollie Perkins low into the bottom left corner from outside the area and Cray led 4-0 at the break.
They didn’t let up in the second half and after efforts from Sadlier and Kaya Mahmut were saved by the keeper, and Heath Cole-Goodwin an effort off the line, the goals started to flow.
Firstly, Perkins grabbed his second to make it 5-0 and then Redman down the right hit a shot which went into the net at the near post for the sixth goal.
For goal no 7 the ball was worked down the left when Sam Hards who had a great game broke into the area and calmly placed a shot into the net.
Then from a similar angle, Drysdale scored his second with a composed finish to make it 8-0. It was becoming easy to lose count a little by this stage and after a good spell of pressure, Redman set up Ben Cook who scored in a crowded penalty box,
Welling to their eternal credit kept going and scored a goal when a ball over the top of the defence fell to the no 3 who clipped the ball into the net. He came close to scoring another shortly after but just pulled a shot wide.
The final goal came virtually at the end from the penalty spot when Tolland who played in goal for the first half following a foul smashed home a fine penalty to make it 10-1 and complete a remarkable morning and result.
Cray have a very good side and although there will probably be tougher tests to come they played some fine football and took their goals well.
Team: George Tolland, Andy Dzontoh, Jack Butcher, Kaya Mahmut, Ben Cook, Harry Haynes, Callum Redman, Samuel Hards, Oliver Perkins, Alfie Sadlier, Rashad Drysdale. Elliott Haywood, Heath Cole-Goodwin, Kieran Fowler.
Elsewhere in other results in the Kent Youth League the U13s made it two wins out of two in the Central Division with a 3-0 home win over Hollands & Blair.
The U16s though went down to a rare defeat when they were beaten 2-5 at Glebe but the Champions are rarely down for long and tend to bounce back strongly.
In the Selkent League the U13s Sharks, last season U12s champions and double winners began their season well with a 6-2 win against Athenlay at Foots Cray. The U14s were beaten 1-4 at home to Woolwich Lions
The U12s Sharks started well with a 4-1 win at home to Junior Reds, whilst the Piranhas were beaten 1-2 by Eltham Lions. The U9s Sharks were beaten 0-5 by Dynamo Youth but the results are not that important as it is all about the learning and development of players and we are proud of all our teams that started their league season the last couple of weeks. We really do have some very fine teams and great players and coaches.