London Cup 2nd Round – 3/12/17
Cray Wanderers U18s B 4
Santley United U18s 2
The Cray Wanderers U18s B side advanced past the 2nd round of the London Cup after a hard fought encounter against Selkent League side Santley United at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
The young Wands side came back from an early goal down to go 2-1 up at the break with goals from Akan Kasab and Deshon Carty. The game though was still in the balance going into the last six minutes but a superb strike from Max Ash and another Kasbab effort put Cray 4-1 before a late United consolation.
On a grey, drizzly morning in Sidcup the omens for a good, competitive cup tie were there from the start. Cray boss Mark Dacey watched from the club house as he recovers from injury but Adam Fleming stepped in on the line.
The Wands began positively but it was Santley who had the first shot when the no 17 tested Tiwa Fujamade from just outside the area.
Then in the 7th minute, the visitors took the lead when Fujamade made a good blocked save but following up the no 9 crashed the ball into the net much to Santley’s delight.
Cray though moved up a few gears and Adam Bambofree down the right played the ball across to Robbie Daye whose effort was saved by the United keeper.
Cray then won a couple of corners and from the second of these, Toby Bayliss’s cross from the right was headed over by Joe Barber.
Then Bambroffe combined to set up Akan Kasab and his ball across was pushed out well by the keeper before Daye could tap in.
In the 22nd minute though Cray deservedly levelled when Bambroffe who was having a great first half down the right put through Kasab who from a tightish angle squeezed the ball past the keeper and into the net before Daye could get the final touch.
Cray had earlier had the ball in the net for offside and they were more controversially denied a second goal when Kyrique Garvey-Williams through ball put Daye away who finished well but the linesman’s flag maybe erroneously went up and although it seemed the referee was determined to give the goal after words with the linesmen decided to disallow the goal.
The Wands really started to dominate the game leading up to half time and skipper Garvey-Williams who had a great game shot wide of goal and then Cameron Grant hit a shot which the Santley keeper saved well.
A minute before half time Cray took the lead when this time the flag stayed down as Daye got behind the United defence and unselfishly laid the ball across to Deshon Carty who tapped in from four yards to give Cray the lead at the break.
Half Time: 2-1
The second half developed into an intriguing tie which Cray had the better of but Santley kept plugging away and were always in the game.
Cray were unlucky not to score again when Carty set up Daye who beat the offside trap and his goalbound effort was cleared almost off the line.
For United, the no 21 hit a drive from distance which was saved by Fujamade before Garvey-Williams shot over for Cray. Then Kasab was denied by another questionable offside call and Garvey-Williams again hit a shot which went wide from 30 yards.
Cray were still the more positive side going forward and Bambofree set up Max Ash who flicked an effort just wide and then Kasab shot just over from 25 yards.
Then Kasab was unlucky not to score when put through by Ash but the keeper who played exceptionally well for Santley did well to block the shot and went behind for a corner. This was followed by another Garvey-Williams effort which was shot straight to the keeper.
It was looking likely Cray would need the comfort of a third goal and Santley were unlucky not to equalise when from a left wing corner the ball fell to the no 21 whose headed was pushed onto the post by Fujamade.
This was a key moment of the match as in the 84th minute, Cray got the third goal they were seeking and it was a tremendous goal when it came. Ash, who is an excellent footballer who to me looks a certain future Cray Wanderers first teamer from out of nowhere found space 30 yards from goal and let fly with a great strike which beat the keeper into the bottom left corner of the net.
The game was practically home and hosed two minutes later with something of a fortuitous goal for Cray when Bambofree’s ball forward came back off a Santley defender into the path of Kasab who tucked the ball wide of the keeper to make it 4-1.
There was still time for Santley to pull a goal back two minutes from time when the no 21 got the final touch in a goal mouth scramble to turn the ball into the net but it was just a little too late for the Bellingham based club.
Cray have been a good side to watch on the occasions I have seen them this season and there is so much quality in the side it is no surprise that many have taken the step up to the U23s side this season such as Joe Barber, Deshon Carty, Tiwa Fujamade and Kyrique Garvey-Williams and you feel the likes of Max Ash, Robbie Daye, Micah David, Alfie Young, Adam Bambofree and Cameron Grant are not that far off joining them more regularly.
Cray: Tiwa Fujamade, Adam Bambroffe, Alfie Young, Cameron Grant, Micah David, Joe Barber, Toby Bayliss, Akan Kasab (Ben Hullet), Deshon Carty (Stan Hitchcock), Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Robbie Daye (Max Ash),
Elsewhere the Cray Wanderers U18 side had an excellent 2-1 win at Greenwich Borough in their Kent Youth League match. Meanwhile, the U15s were held for the first time in the league this season as they drew 2-2 at home to Phoenix Sports at John Roan Playing Fields. Cray are second in the table on goal difference from leaders Junior Elite.
In the U11s Division D West, Carl Newnham’s Sharks team were impressive 7-1 winners at home to AFC Lewisham. The U12s were knocked out of the Selkent Cup after a 1-2 defeat at home to FC Tempo Panthers.
In the Selkent U9s Cup the Sharks were unlucky to be eliminated from the Quarter Final stage after drawing 0-0 with Eltham Lions United who then beat Athenlay Rye 4-0. The Wands side won their final against Athenlay Rye but by only 4-1 and Eltham progressed on goal difference to the Semi Final in March.