Cray Wanderers Youth Roundup – 17/2/18
Kent Youth League – U14s Central Division
Cray Wanderers U14s 0
Glebe U14s 1
Cray Wanderers U14s remain top of the KYL Central Division but were just edged out in a top of the table clash with Glebe at Foots Cray Rugby Club. In a fascinating contest Cray could consider themselves unfortunate not to have won the game after coming close several times during the second half to break a tight deadlock but it was the Chislehurst side which gained the points with a goal in the final minute after a the award of a penalty which was saved but was followed up by the forward to score.
Cray were looking to put daylight between themselves, second placed Thamesmead Town and third placed Glebe who all have games in hand of Cray. Glebe have been a dominant force at this age group of Youth football for a couple of seasons but Cray were more than a match for them here and with a bit more luck in front of goal would surely have won the game.
The first half was a cagey affair of few chances with Cray coming close right at the start when Victor Daniels burst forward towards goal but the Glebe keeper did well to come out and block the ball with his legs.
Glebe perhaps just edged the half territorially and from a free kick out on the right, the no 7 floated a ball into the box which keeper Hugo Webb did well to punch away and the ball came out to the no 11 who fired over the top.
Then from another free kick in in a similar position the no 7 tried another clever ball into the area which Webb got down to push away.
This was followed from a throw in a short spell of indicision at the back and the no 9 found himself inside the area but hesitated to get a shot away and Cray cleared the ball away.
Cray though had battled hard and there was all to play for at half time with scoreline goalless.
Half Time: 0-0
The second half was a far more open affair and Cray came close to scoring straight away and good work by Callum Ellington and Ronnie Roberts saw the ball come back to Ellington who lifted a shot just over the bar from 15 yards.
For Glebe, the no 7 wildly fired a shot off target and then from a throw in the ball came to the no 11 whose snap shot was held well by Webb.
Cray continued to forge the better openings and from a ball over the top, Ellington was unlucky to see his lobbed effort just narrowly go over the bar.
Then a goal kick from Webb caught out the Glebe back line and Ellington advanced on goal but as the keeper came out, just rolled the ball wide of the left post.
From a drop ball out on the left, the ball eventually came to Ellington inside the area who held the ball up to Ellis Newbold who shot over. Then from a corner down the right, the ball came to Jack Church whose effort was held by the keeper.
For Glebe the no 7 hit a shot which Webb had to save at the second attempt but Cray were still looking the more likely at this stage. From a throw in down the right, Lucas Ruffin’s throw to the near post was headed wide by Daniels.
Glebe then had a let off when the goalkeeper hit a clearance as far as Alfie Boyle who played in Ellington who turned the ball just wide.
Just when it seemed a goalless draw would be the likely outcome, Glebe had a chance to win the game when the no 7 picked up the ball twenty five yards from goal and forced his way into the box and was brought down by Ruffin inside the box for the award of a penalty kick. The no 9 stepped up to take the penalty and Webb did brilliantly to get down to make a save but the no 9 was sharp to follow up the rebound and forced the ball home.
Cray had given a very good account of themselves but it was Glebe who won the game and although are eight points behind Cray at the top do have six games in hand, as do Thamesmead Town who have won all eleven games played, two points behind the Wands and meet Cray next Sunday at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
Cray Wanderers: Hugo Webb, George Neve, Gary Johnson, Lucas Ruffin, Jack Church (Capt.), Ben Turner, Louie Johnson, Alfie Boyle, Ronnie Roberts, Ellis Newbold, Victor Daniels; Callum Ellington, Archie Beard, George Clifford, Noah Cooper
Elsewhere in the Kent Youth League, the U13s picked up a useful point at Phoenix Sports in a 1-1 draw, coming from behind at half time. Cray remain second in the Central Division level on points with Whyteleafe but the team to watch are unbeaten Kent Football United in third who are five points behind and have games in hand.
There was no match for the U16s today who are second in the North Division but just two points behind leaders Glebe. Cray meet Glebe next Sunday at John Roan Playing Fields in a match which could go a long way to deciding the title this year and Cray retaining their crown.
SELKENT CUP QUARTER FINAL
CRAY WANDERERS U13s LION 1 HILLYFIELDERS U13s 6
The Cray Wanderers U13s Lions went down to a rare defeat this season as the side unbeaten in the League were beaten by a determined and clinical Hillyfielders side in the Selkent Cup Quarter Final at Mottingham Playing Fields.
Cray began positively and a fine ball from Alfie Sadlier put Rashad Drysdale towards goal and looked to round the keeper but the angle was tight and the ball was cleared away.
Hillyfielders though were looking dangerous and the no 7 tested keeper George Tolland with a low shot and from the no 11. For Cray, Sadlier pulled a shot just wide of goal. Cray had a reprieve when the no 9 down the right played the ball into the area to the near post to the no 10 but miskicked and the ball was cleared.
On 23 minutes, the visitors went in front when a ball was played down the left to the no 7 who broke into the area with pace and buried a shot under Tolland and into the net.
Hillyfielders looked a confident side after that and four minutes went two nil up alhtough there seemed to be a touch of offside when the no 6 put the no 11 away into the area. Tolland did well to block the shot but following up the no 7 bundled in his second of the game.
For Cray, Oliver Perkins made a strong run forward and hit a shot which went just wide of the left post.
Shortly after though, Hillyfielders went 3-0 when a good ball forward found the no 11 inside the area who held the ball up well and fired in off the post.
Before half time, Sam Hards hit a shot from Perkins pass which the keeper got down to save but there was a lot to do in the second half to turn the game around.
Half Time: 0-3
Cray looked to get back into in the second half and Drysdale had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. Then Hards set up Perkins who shot wide from 20 yards and then did well down the left and his ball across towards Sadlier just couldn’t get a firm connection to get the ball on target.
Then Hards shot just over and from a free kick on the left of the penalty area, Perkins ball into the area was punched away by the keeper.
The keeper then excelled himself with a quite superb stop to deny Hards who picked the ball up just outside the area and his chipped effort looked to be going in but the keeper tipped the ball over the one handed for a corner.
That proved to be a key moment as shortly after, it was 4-0 when the no 13 broke through and tucked away a tidy finish to make it an even harder task for Cray.
The Lions did pull a goal back with about five minutes to go when Callum Redman combined with Elliott Haywood to play in Drysdale who took the ball round the keeper and squeezed in a shot to make it 4-1.
However, the visitors ended the game strongly and two minutes later it was 5-1 when the no 11 tapped in his second goal of the game from an assist from the no 16.
Then with the last kick of the game Hillyfielders hit a sixth goal when the no 16 bundled the ball into the net and it is they who take on Dartford Red in the Semi Finals.
Team: George Tolland, Zuriel Elueme, Heath Cole-Goodwin, Andy Dzontoh, Jack Butcher, Callum Redman, Alfie Sadlier, Elliott Haywood, Ben Cook, Samuel Hards, Rashad Drysdale; Harry Haynes, Oliver Perkins, Joe McCallum, Alfie Sadlier, Kieran Fowler.
The U13s Sharks are in Cup Quarter Final action next Sunday at Blackheath Wanderers and warmed up in style in a friendly match winning 9-0 against Dartford at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
The U12s Piranhas have had a superb season and they made it through to the Quarter Final of the Selkent Cup with a stunning 10-2 win against Orpington at John Roan Playing Fields. The Piranhas will now travel to Petts Wood in the Quarter Finals in two weeks time.
The U12s Sharks in league action had an excellent win 4-3 at home to Marathon Lions despite having only seven players against nine and a tremendous performance.
The U9s Sharks continued their fantastic run of results with a sixth straight win to beat AIM 3-2. Here is another excellent report from one of the player’s parents:
Today’s match was a home game against AIM. It was AIM who started the game more brightly with some good quick attacking football causing the Sharks a few problems. However it was the Sharks who got the first goal. A good driving run from the back along the right wing by Liam Ellis was cut back to Archy Newland who went past a player and put the ball in the top corner, 1-0.
This did not deter AIM who quickly responded with a good through ball to their striker who finished well, 1-1.
The Sharks also responded to this goal in swift manner as Oscar Richardson picked up a loose ball, ran through on goal and also finished very well, 2-1.
As previously in the first half AIM did not give up and continued to attack. They then nearly made it 2-2 by way of a corner which was only partially saved and was home by AIM, 2-2.
AIM started the second half as they finished the first with some good attacking play and were denied further goals by way of hitting the crossbar and some brave goalkeeping from Sam Foreman.
As the half progressed, the Sharks got stronger and the game was decided in spectacular fashion. Ralf Nicholas picked up the ball in midfield and drove towards AIM’s goal and then unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top of the goal, 3-2 at full time.
Although not at their best today they continued their fantastic winning run with a battling performance typified today by the Sharks midfielder Oliver Moran who ran his socks off against a good AIM side. That’s 6 wins in a row now for the Sharks.
Team: S. Foreman, L. Ellis, J. Costello, R. Nicholas, O. Moran, A. Newland, O. Richardson, A. Russell
Elsewhere the U10s had a very good 2-1 win against Parkwood Rangers at Mottingham Playing Fields where also the U7s continued their excellent season with a 2-1 and 5-1 wins against Dartford.