Cray Wanderers Youth Roundup – 3/3/19
U14s Selkent Shield – Mauve Division
Cray Wanderers U14s 5
Roca Juniors U14s 1
The Selkent League Cray Wanderers U14s made it 3 wins out of 3 in their Selkent Shield group after a 5-1 win against Roca Juniors at Mottingham Playing Fields. On a cold and blustery morning and with a fair helping of mud Cray recovered from going an early goal down to storm back and led 3-1 at the break with goals Renaldae Brown, True Simon and Kai Henry. The second half saw Cray more in control and further goals from Brown and Henry ended clinched the game for Aqib Hussain’s team.
Cray who had a difficult season in the Selkent League U14s Yellow Division are a good footballing side and begun their Shield campaign with a 6-4 home win against Our Lady Youth and a 3-2 win at Real Gima.
This was Roca Junior’s first game in the group and it was they who got off to a great start with a goal after 90 seconds. The no 14 ran forward and played a ball through which was deflected off a Cray defender into the path of the no 10 who slotted home from 8 yards.
Cray though fought back well and True Simon down the right saw a cross-shot deflected across goal and out for a corner. From the corner the ball was punched out by the keeper and came to Kai Henry who shot over. Then Renaldae Brown from the left put a ball across to Eloghosa Asemota whose effort was blocked by the no 2.
A Cray goal was on the cards and came on 10 minutes when good play by Harvey Hamblin who strode forward from the back into midfield and he played a fine ball out to Jayden McGivern down the right and his ball across was inviting and came to Brown who tapped in from about four yards.
Two minutes later Cray with their tails up grabbed a second goal when McGivern again the provider with a neat ball through to Simon down the right and from just outside the box expertly lifted the ball towards goal and dropped into the net.
The visitors looked to get back into it and and a free kick from the no 14 was curled over the wall and was claimed by keeper Jacob Williams.
On 18 minutes it was 3-1 to Cray when they were awarded a free kick out on the left around 25 yards from goal. Henry stepped up and clipped a ball towards goal which looped over the keeper and into the net.
Despite the scoreline Roca were never out of it and nearly pulled a goal back when down the right the no 11 played the ball across to the no 14 and his shot was pushed brilliantly round the left post by Williams for a corner.
Before the break Steven Giron-Clavijo played the ball from the left to the near post to Michael Olatunde whose close range shot was deflected behind for a corner. From the left wing corner the ball came to McGivern whose shot was headed off the line.
Half Time: 3-1
The second half seemed to be more colder and windier and there was not as much flow as the first half but Cray took a grip of the game and weren’t in too much danger of losing the game.
The ever dangerous Brown was unlucky not to score when he shot just wide from Simon’s cross and then when played through was denied by a fine one handed save from the Roca keeper turning the ball past the right post.
It was no surprise when Cray scored a fourth goal and good work down the right again by McGivern saw the ball come to Brown who founds space inside the area and placed a shot wide of the keeper and into the net.
As the half went on Simon was getting more and more involved and the tall playmaker hit a shot from Brown’s pass which was held by the keeper.
Cray had taken the sting out of the Roca play and with seven minutes to go Cray scored a fifth and final goal when Mushfaq Azfir’s fine through pass put Simon in down the left of the area and he crashed home a shot high into the top left hand corner for a superb piece of finishing.
Roca ended the game with a bit of pressure on the Cray goal but were able to clear their lines and there wasn’t too much for Williams to do. In the end Cray held out for a morale boosting win and have a good team spirit and play with a smile on their face which is always good to see.
Team: Jacob Williams, Bobby Parkes, Harvey Hamblin, Reece Emmett, Kaylon Murdock, Jack Clarke, Kai Henry, Jayden McGivern, Eloghosa Asemeta, True Simon, Renaldae Brown; Steven Giron-Clavijo, Jayden Almond, Michael Olatunde, Victor, Ekissi, Mushfaq Afzir
Elsewhere in the Selkent League, the U13s Sharks moved to the top of the U13s A Division after an 8-0 win at 4th placed Danson Sports Blue. Cray move two points clear at the top and moved on to 86 goals in their 15 games played after second placed FC Tempo lost their first game of the season 0-1 at 3rd placed Dulwich Village Black who are also in contention. FC Tempo who play Cray in the Selkent Cup Semi Final at the end of the month do have three games in hand on the Wands.
The U12s Sharks who have had a great season in the A Division were not in action today as their Selkent Cup Quarter Final at Petts Wood was a victim of the overnight rain and was postponed. The U12s Piranhas who battle so hard were beaten in their league game 0-3 at Baldon Sports Orange.
There were no games for our sides in the Kent Youth League with the U16s who are in with a chance of a league and cup double by the end of March not in action nor were the U14s who are second in the Central Division but Thamesmead Town seem virtually assured of winning that division having won 13 out of 13 games. The U13s game at West Wickham was postponed and lie 2nd in the Central Division level on points with leaders Whyteleafe.
Cray Wanderers U9s Sharks 2 Welling United Wings U9s 1
The Cray Wanderers U9s Sharks returned to winning ways after last weekend rare defeat at Russellers by beating Welling United Red, 2-1 at Foots Cray Rugby Club. Here is the weekly report on the game from a parent of the U9s players.
A home game today for the U9s Sharks against Welling United Wings.
The game kicked off is soggy conditions and Welling started off the better team moving the ball around well. The Sharks seemed to struggle with Welling’s quick and skilful players. Welling started to create good chances but were kep out by a combination of last ditch defending, good goalkeeping and the woodwork. Half Time: 0-0
As the second half started Welling continued to attack and the pressure finally paid off. A mix up in the Sharks defence led to Welling stealing the ball, the initial shot was saved by Sam Foreman but could not stop the rebound shot. 0-1.
This goal seemed to spring the Sharks into life and they started to put some attacks together and found an equaliser. A good run and cross from Sharks midfielder Oliver Moran was whipped into the box and Archy Newland slid in at the back post and finished well. 1-1.
However the Sharks were not done and continued to attack. With the Welling defence seemingly tiring Newland picked up the ball in right midfield and drove towards the goal and then rifled the ball into the bottom corner, 2-1.
Welling did not give up and tried to create chances of their own but the Sharks defence stood strong amd saw out the game. Full Time: 2-1
Another strong, battling performance from the Sharks who showed strong character to come back against a good, quick and skilful Welling team.
Team: S. Foreman, L. Ellis, J. Costello, R. Nicholas, O. Moran, L. Rafferty, A. Newland, O. Richardson, A. Russell
The Cray Wanderers U10s side were in action this morning at Mottingham Playing Fields and went down to a narrow defeat, 1-2 against Long Lane. Neither The U10s Lions or the U7s were in action today.
Well done to all our teams that played in quite horrible weather at times and we hope you enjoyed your day.