Cray Wanderers Youth Roundup – 20/1/19
Selkent League U7s A League
Cray Wanderers U7s 4 4
Crayford Arrows U7s 0 3
A chance today to have a first look at Cray Wanderers Youth’s youngest side and new comers to the fold, the U7s who have stepped up to the A League in the Selkent League after great success earlier in the season at a lower league.
Today at Mottingham Playing Fields they had a real test against a good Crayford Arrows side and Steve Owen’s team did superbly to win by 4-0 and then in the second game between sides edged a thriller 4-3.
On a bright and sunny if a touch cold midday Sunday, Cray got off to a flyer with two goals in the opening couple of minutes. First the lively Joel Oluko got into the area and his shot was saved by the keeper but following up Eliot Krasniqi turned the ball into the net. Moments later it was two nil when Awesome Onibujo fired home a low shot and Cray were off and running.
Cray came close on other occasions in the first half but were denied by the keeper or saw efforts cleared off the line.
Crayford played well after the break and had one or two chances but Cray scored a third when Oluko’s right wing cross was whipped to the far post and the ball was headed in by an Arrows defender.
A couple of minutes later Cray scored a fourth when from a Krasniqi left wing corner the ball into the box was well blocked by the keeper but following up Abdul Zakari turned the ball over the line.
Before the end Cray had a chance to score a fifth with the last kick of the game but Abney Hayes’ penalty was saved by the keeper.
Full Time: 4-0
The second game was extremely lively and there were five goals shared in the first half. Crayford were rejuvenated in the opening exchanges and took the lead early when the no 6 scored the first of two first half goals.
Within a minute though Cray were back on terms with a fine run and finish from Oluko down the right and that set the tone for the rest of the half.
Crayford went back in front when another assist from the no 7 whose cross was despatched by the no 6 once again.
Typically Cray returned to the other end and made it 2-2 when Zakari did well to ride a couple of challenges to emerge in the box and slipped the ball under the keeper.
Incredibly just on half time Cray went ahead when Zakari found Oluko down the right of the area who again finished superbly and coolly.
Cray almost scored a fourth in the second half when Oluko’s cross hit the post and nearly wrapped the game up but for a superb save from the excellent Crayford keeper when Krasniqi’s shot was goal bound but was met by a fine blocked save.
This looked to be vital as Crayford went up the other end and levelled when the no 10 broked into the area and lifted the ball into the net. The same player then saw a shot saved by keeper Harry Miller and then hit the post.
Cray though had the final say of a great game when from a throw in down the down the left the ball came to Abney Hayes who did brillantly to lash a shot into the bottom right corner and give Cray a double victory against a good side.
Steve Owen has a uncanny knack of producing great Cray Wanderers youth teams from an early age up to the late teen years and this team looks to be another off the conveyor belt. Big days ahead for many of these players in years to come.
Cray Wanderers: Harry Miller, Awesome Onibujo, Abney Hayes, Eliot Krasniqi, Joel Aluko, Abdul Zakari
Elsewhere this was a remarkable day for Cray Wanderers Youth sides with all three Kent Youth League sides winning and all three are in with a chance of league glory.
The U16s returned to league action after a couple of weeks away on cup duty with a 2-1 win at FC Elmstead at John Roan Playing Fields in the North Division. Cray, last season’s U15s champions are third in the table, just two points behind.
The U14s lead the Central Division table by two points after a very professional 2-0 win at Lordswood. Rhys Barker’s side were defensively very sound throughout and singled special praise to keeper Hugo Webb for his first clean sheet of the season. Despite being denied a goal which appeared to cross the line, Cray worked hard and and got the breaks in the second half with both goals coming from Renaldae Brown, a recent reccruit from the Selkent League U14s.
The Cray Wanderers U13s are also top of their league after an impressive 4-1 win against Phoenix Sports. Scott Butler and Andy McPherson’s side have been on a remarkable run of seven straight wins and lead the table by two points from Whyteleafe who do have a game in hand.
In the Selkent League, the two excellent U13s side continue to win impressively. The Sharks in the U13A Division made it three big wins in a row beating Dulwich Village Black, 5-0 at Foots Cray Rugby Club. Cray are second in the table, two points behind unbeaten leaders FC Tempo.
The U13s Lions have been in remarkable form all season and made it 11 wins out of 12 played with an 8-0 win against Hillyfielders Hawks at Mottingham Playing Fields. Cray have a two point lead at the top of the table and have only conceded two goals at home all season.
Both sides are in Selkent cup action next week with the Lions at home to Hayden Youth Black while the Sharks are at Dulwich Village Black.
The U12s Piranhas have been on a tremendous run in the A Division and are unbeaten in ten games since losing their season opener and this afternoon were impressive 2-1 winners against Welling United and are second in the table, two poinst behind leaders Dartford who Cray twice drew with.
In Mini-Football, the U10’s were terribly unlucky to lose their league game against Welling Youth as Jon England’s side played some fine football but lost 1-2. After trailing early, Sam Musaki levelled to tie the game at half time. In the second half Cray dominated the proceedings but hit the goal frame, saw shots saved or going fractionally wide. In the end Welling won when a Cray defender diverted a shot into the net but there was much to commend in the Cray performance.
The Cray Wanderers U10s – Manager Jon England, Nathan Pegus, Sam Musaki, Alex England, Ledion Ceku, Esser Kumander, Mehmet Ali-Aslan, Kobe Graham
The U10s Lions picked up a fine win 4-2 at Fastfield in the U10C Blue Division. The U9s Sharks were involved in Selkent Vase action a competition in which they got to the Final last year as U8s. In a very tight series of games, Cray were just edged out of the competition after a 0-0 with Sutton Athletic who then drew 0-0 with TDA Football Club. In the deciding game, TDA won 2-1 to go through to the Semi Final.
Well done to all our clubs today whatever the results and the future is extremely bright.