Cray Wanderers Youth Team Roundup – 26/3/17
Selkent League U15 – Division A
Cray Wanderers 3 Teviot Rangers Red 1
The Cray Wanderers U15s recorded a second successive league win in impressive style as they defeated second placed Teviot Rangers 3-1 at Mottingham Recreation Ground.
After a slow start to the game where Teviot looked strong and took the lead, Timi Osidobu’s Cray came back and after going ahead before half time produced a mature and resolute display in the second half grabbing a third goal in the closing stages.
On a very difficult playing surface the two teams deserve credit for a fine football match with some good midfield play.
Cray had the first real chance of the game when Gabriel Summers clearance up field was helped on to Fernando Santana who ran on into the area but saw his effort saved well by the Teviot keeper. Santana was also causing havoc with his inswinging corners which the keeper had to push away on a couple of occasions.
The visitors then had a spell when they attacked with menace and the no 20 hit a couple of efforts which went just over the bar. Then the no 14 curled in a decent effort well saved by Summers.
Teviot then took the lead when the no 7 charged forward and played a fine ball through to the no 9 who finished well with a low shot into the net.
It looked like it might be a long afternoon for Cray but they got back into the game virtually straight away. Cray won a corner down the left and Santana whipped in the corner kick to the far post which evaded everyone and landed into the net.
Cray were now very much in the game and almost took the lead when another Santana corner, this time from the right to the near post was flicked wide by Giovanni Sarine.
Then a ball forward from Ansu Sousso found Santana again inside the area but under challenge from a defender pulled a shot wide.
With five minutes to go in the half, Cray took the lead when a fine ball from Billy Keen found Santana down the left of the penalty area who turned a defender and fired across the keeper and into the net.
The second half saw Cray continue in the ascendancy and Nathaniel Ampah’s pace caused Teviot all sorts of problems and was unlucky not to score when he bundled his way into the box down the left and saw his effort blocked well by the keeper.
Teviot came close when from a corner the ball eventually fell to the no 14 who fired just over the top. This was followed by another attempts from Ampah who again was denied by sharp reactions from the Teviot keeper.
Cray threatened again from a Santana corner from the left which was floated to the edge of the six yard box and was met by Dominic Rushton who steered his header just wide.
Teviot had a lot of the ball but didn’t threaten too much save for a low strike from the no 20 which Summers did well to hold.
With the game heading for its final minute, Cray wrapped up the win with a fine goal when Ryan-Luca Antonimbi played a ball through to Ampah who held off the challenge of two defenders too steer a shot into the net which went under the keeper at the near post.
Cray had thoroughly deserved to win the game and showed good resilience to come back from a goal down and look a side with great potential throughout the team.
Team: Gabriel Summers, Alex Green, Thomas Kelly-Reynolds, Aaronjeet Basi, Luke Kelly-Easton, Ansu Sousso, Dominic Rushton, Ronnie Miekie, Billy Keen, Giovanni Sarine, Fernando Santana; Nathaniel Ampah, Ryan-Luca Antonimbi, Kelvin Bakare-Okon, Euan Vosper
Cray Wanderers U13s vs Crayford Arrows Red U13s – Selkent League Green Shield
Cray Wanderers U13s 7 Crayford Arrows Red U13s 2
In another hugely enjoyable encounter, James Taylor’s U13s maintained their 100% winning start to their Selkent Shield campaign with a fine, clinical victory against Crayford Arrows at Mottingham Recreation Ground.
The game got off to a cracking start played at great pace despite the rather bumpy pitch. The Wands came close early when Toby Egleton down the right took advantage of hesitation from the Arrows keeper to lay the ball to Joe Williams who shot narrowly wide of the left post.
For Crayford, the no 2 fired over following a corner. Then for Cray, a neat passing movement involving George Minchin and Harvey Shelley saw the ball come to Egleton who attempted a lob over the keeper who did well to clutch the ball over his head. Then Tommy Samani fired in a shot which was fielded by the keeper and this was followed by a fine cross from the right from Egleton which the keeper fumbled but did well to follow up and save from the onrushing Shelley.
In the 19th minute, Cray took the lead with a well worked goal when Ethan Taylor found Shelley down the left who burst into the box, and as the keeper advanced, laid the ball unselfishly across to Williams who tapped the ball into the net.
Arrows looked to come back and almost levelled when the no 11 sent a snap shot just wide and then came close with two headers off target from corners.
In the 29th minute it was 2-0 to Cray when Louis Spinks ball forward was met by Egleton who cushioned a fine header towards Shelley who placed a fine shot wide of the keeper.
Two minutes later, Crayford pulled a goal back when the no 8 was denied by a fine save by Josh Floodgate but following up the no 10 rifled home a well hit shot to reduce the arrears.
Cray though went straight back up the other end and were awarded a penalty when Egleton was brought down inside the area. He then got up to score from the spot for a goal he thoroughly deserved.
On the stroke of half time it was 4-1 to Cray when Shelley scored his second from Minchin’s layoff with a clever shot from just outside the penalty area.
Cray continued to press in the second half and had chances to score but were indebted to Floodgate who made a superb save after the no 8 saw an effort cleared off the line by Spinks and the rebound from the no 10 was met by a great stop by the Cray keeper.
Crayford did pull a goal back, fifteen minutes after half time when the no 15 was played through and calmly lifted the ball over Floodgate and into the net.
Four minutes later it was 5-2 when a superb corner kick from Taylor down the right to the far post was met by Egleton with a fine header who buried the ball into the net.
The Wands are such a refreshing team to watch they continued to go forward for more goals and scored a sixth goal when Taylor hit a screamer from thirty yards which dipped and swerved before crashing past the keeper.
The scoring was completed in the closing minutes when after good work down the left the ball came to Shelley who calmly placed a shot into the net to complete his hat-trick.
This set the seal on a fine performance and the team played some very good football throughout.
Team: Josh Floodgate, Sid Chandler, Malcolm Dixon, Louis Spinks, Josh Lee, Ethan Taylor, Tommy Samani, George Minchin, Toby Egleton, Harvey Shelley, Joe Williams; Charlie Langford, Flynn Odell
Kent Youth League – U14 Division North
Crayford Arrows 1 Cray Wanderers 6
There was another fine performance from the Cray U14s as they produced a clinical display to win at a good Crayford Arrows team.
Sean Foley and Lee Amis’s side have been in great form and started this game very strongly and took the lead after ten minutes when Theo Foley headed in from a corner.
Cray had been working on set pieces in training and threatened from a number of corners and from one of these scored a second in the 25th minute when Chris Al-Hassan turned the ball home.
The Wands made it three before half time when following a Crayford attack, Cray keeper Bobby Pavoux made a save and played the ball upfield to Femi Abate who with one touch took the ball round the Crayford keeper and placed the ball into the net.
The second half saw Cray attack from the off and Abate scored his second with a first time shot into the bottom left corner to make it 4-0.
The Wands scored a fifth and their third following a corner when Foley played the ball across to William Amis who crashed a shot into the top corner for this third goal of the season.
Crayford pulled a goal back three minutes from time following a twenty five yard shot direct from a free kick.
Cray though had the last word and Abate completed his hat-trick with a right-footed shot to set the seal on a magnificent victory.
Elsewhere today in the Kent Youth League, there was good win for the U16s who won 3-0 at Lordswood in their latest U16 Division Central match. This result was enough to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, the U18s were beaten 2-4 at home to Greenwich Borough in their U18 Division North match.
Back in the Selkent League in the U11 Aqua Shield, the Cray Acorn Wanderers drew 3-3 at AFC Chislehurst whilst the Cray Wanderers Lions were beaten 3-5 at Long Lane Lions.
On a very good day for our Youth Teams, our youngest age group, the U7’s advanced to the Semi Finals of the Selkent Vase after beating Dulwich Village White 13-0 and then Crayford Arrows 3-0 to go through. The Semi Finals take place on 23rd April at London Marathon Sports Ground and they will face Hayden Youth Hawks and Petts Wood Rockhoppers for a place in the final on 7th May.