Cray Wanderers Youth Roundup – 24/2/19
U13s Selkent Cup Quarter Final
Blackheath Wanderers U13 0
Cray Wanderers U13s Sharks 13
The Cray Wanderers U13s remain on course for a league and cup double as they stormed into the semi-final of the Selkent Cup with an impressive victory at Blackheath Wanderers which produced 13 goals.
The Sharks had advanced past Crayford Arrows and Dulwich Village Black to reach the Quarter-Finals and after victory at Blackheath, this sets up a mouthwatering semi-final against FC Tempo, with both sides neck and neck at the top of the U13s A Division.
On a misty start to the morning at Blackheath Sports Ground in Lee, this quickly evaporated and Cray set off in a determined manner and Barry Husthwaite’s side hit the ground running with two goals in the first six minutes against an overwhelmed but gutsy Blackheath side who kept on going to the end despite the rather one-sided nature of the game.
Cray almost scored twice in the opening minutes with Maxwell Sanni shooting just wide and then Josh Senyange saw a shot saved by the Blackheath keeper, one of a number of good stops during the game and then Jo Kpaka volleyed over the top.
On 4 minutes Cray took the lead when good work by the impressive Alfie Murphy down the left hand side took him into the area and he squared the ball across to the far post which was helped on and Sanni was on hand to glide the ball into the net.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when from a corner down the right, Sanni found Blu Husthwaite who squeezed a shot in at the near post and it would be a tall order for the home side from here on.
Cray continued to carve out chances with Senyange again denied by a good save, then Kpaka went through but the keeper came out to clear with his feet. The keeper then made a fine stop to deny Sanni who made a tremendous run down the right and into the area and his effort was blocked again by the keepers feet.
Blackheath almost got a goal back when the no 12 broke away down the right and his cross shot was deflected onto the post and out by keeper Archie Panyi. Then Panyi did well to come and claim a cross from the no 8 down the right at the far post.
More chances came for Cray with Murphy thwarted again by the keepers legs and Senyange shot just over and then saw a shot from 20 yards saved.
On 31 minutes, Cray scored a third when Henderson Russell’s through ball found Senyange onside who ran on towards goal and as the keeper came out, took the ball round the keeper and rolled the ball into the net.
Half Time: 0-3
The second half was almost entirely one way traffic and straight from the kick off Cray scored a fourth when Murphy’s fine ball down the left put Senyange away and from just inside the area clipped a fine finish wide of the keeper into the bottom right corner.
Two minutes it was 5-0 and Senyange completed his hat-trick with a very similar goal to the fourth again from Murphy’s pinpoint pass and again a classy finish.
The game by this stage was long over and Kpaka was unlucky to see a fierce strike come back off the crossbar and then Husthwaite made a great run from the half way line down the right and his shot was saved again by the keepers feet.
In the 44th minute Cray scored a sixth goal when Husthwaite jinked his way down the right, cut into the area and placed a shot high into the net for his second of the game.
From here Cray turned on the style and went 7-0 up when George Bastick down the left put Murphy through on goal, went round the keeper and slotted into the net for a goal his performance deserved.
The eighth goal soon followed with Kpaka’s excellent ball from midfield out to the right finding Bastick who did well to hold the ball up, cut into the area and squeezed home a shot at the near post.
Cray were by no means finished and it became 9-0 when from a left wing corner, the ball came to Ethan Hayes who stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the bottom right corner of the net through a crowd of players.
The Wands then hit double figures when Kpaka down the left unselfishly set up Sanni for his second of the game tapping in from close range.
The eleventh goal was the result of more good skillful play from Husthwaite down the right and his ball across was despatched emphatically once again by Murphy.
Then came another classy goal for no 12 when Kpaka who had a fine game put a superb pass through to Elysha Oshevire who burst into the area, went round the keeper and rolled the ball into the net.
Blackheath to their credit kept on going right to the end and the no 10 out on the left curled in a shot which was held by Henderson Russell.
The final goal of the morning for Cray came from another left wing corner and this time the ball was met by a fine header from Hayes and into the net. Before the end twice Senyange came close shooting wide and Husthwaite fired just off target.
Although Cray were favourites to win the game beforehand they had certainly gone about their task in a very professional manner and there is a tremendous team spirit and quality about the side and are a real joy to watch.
FC Tempo in the Semi-Final on 24th March will be a much tougher match with all due respect to Blackheath but Cray can go into the game with great confidence.
Team: Archie Panyi, Samuel Williams, Jo Kpaka, Henderson Russell, Ethan Hayes, George Bastick, Elysha Oshevire, Blu Husthwaite, Maxwell Sanni, Josh Senyange, Alfie Murphy
In the Kent Youth League there were a couple of big games involving Cray Wanderers sides. In the U16s North Division, the Wands defeated Glebe in a see-saw contest by 5-4 to remain just ahead at the top of the table by a point from Glebe who have played two games more. Last season’s title rivals Phoenix Sports are also in contention just a point behind Cray in third place. The Wands travel to Phoenix on 24th March and are also in the League Cup Final against Welling United on 28th March down at Sheppey United.
The U14s took on unbeaten Thamesmead Town in the big game in the Central Division and it was Thamesmead who made 12 wins out of 12 with a hard fought 2-1 victory which puts them top of the table ahead of Cray who had played five games more although Glebe are also a contender, nine points behind.
The U13s were not in action in the league but probably picked up the result of the day when they took on South Division leaders Maidstone United in a friendly at the Gallagher Stadium. The in form Wands who are second in the Central Division table won 3-2 at Maidstone in a very impressive performance.
Back in the Selkent League, the U13s Lions went down to their first defeat in the U13B Yellow division when they lost 3-4 at third placed Dulwich United Yellow. Cray remain top of the table ahead of Petts Wood on goal difference and are a very good side and will bounce back.
The U14s continued their good start to the Mauve Shield division with a second straight win with a 3-2 win at Real Gima.
The U12s Piranhas have had an excellent season and are now unbeaten in 11 league games after a 4-1 win at Welling Youth and are 2nd in the U12s A Division, 3 points behind leaders Dartford but have two games less.
In the U12s C Blue Division, the Cray Wanderers Sharks were beaten 0-4 at league leaders Orpington FC so no disgrace with that result.
Russellers U9s 2 Cray Wanderers Sharks U9s 1
Please see here the latest parent’s report from the U9s Sharks.
Today’s match for the Sharks was an away trip to Russellers. The game kicked off in foggy conditions and started quite scrappy with both sides struggling to get their passing going. The first chance fell to Russellers with their forward picking a loose ball running at goal, his shot was saved but was stopped on the line by Ralf Nicholas and eventually scooped up by goalie Sam Foreman.
Russellers began to gain confidence and broke the deadlock. A stray ball was played across the penalty area by the Sharks defence but this was quickly intercepted by the Russellers attack and finished well, 1-0 at halftime.
As soon as the second half started, the Sharks hit back by way of a long range effort from Liam Ellis which ended up in the top corner, 1-1.
The game then continued in a scrappy fashion but as in the first half a mix up in defence from the Sharks was capatalised by Russellers who made it 2-1 with a good finish. The Sharks tried their best to find a way through a good Russellers defence and almost conceded a third goal but for a good header off the line by Joe Costello. Final Score: 2-1
The Sharks were not at their best today and their excellent winning streak of five games came to an end against a well organised and battling Russellers team.
Team: S. Foreman, L. Ellis, R. Nicholas, J. Costello, A. Newland, O. Moran, O. Richardson, A. Russell.
Well played to the Cray Wanderes U7s who made it to the Semi Final of the Selkent Cup and only just came up short after a 2-2 draw with Hayden Youth and a narrow 1-2 defeat to winners Welling United Red who advance to the final. A tremedous achievement in their first season under the Cray Wanderers banner to get to the Semi-Final and big days ahead for these players over the coming years.
The U10s were in 2nd Round Selkent Vase action and were beaten 0-1 by winners Hillyfielders Hawks and 4-5 by Athenlay FC but a good performance on the day.
The U10s Lions had a good win 2-1 against Danson Sports in the league meaning all our sides played today. Well done to all our teams whatever the result and we hope all the players enjoyed the day