Selkent League U13 Central Division
Cray Wanderers U13s 5 Welling United U13s 3
The Cray Wanderers U13s produced a tremendous comeback after coming back from 0-2 down to defeat Welling United 5-3 in a cracking game at Mottingham Playing Fields.
James Taylor’s side excellent side made it four games unbeaten despite a poor start to the game as second placed Welling got off to a flyer. However, Cray tied the game before half time with Harvey Shelley scoring twice before he completed his hat-trick early in the second half.
Cray never got going in the first fifteen minutes and lived dangerously until the 13th minute when Welling took the lead when a cross from the right was pushed out by the Cray keeper, Josh Lee as far as the no 10 who steered the ball into the net.
Two minutes later, the Wings scored again when the no 6 knocked in the rebound after Lee made a good save.
Cray slowly started to stem the tide and then started to create chances of their own and in were unlucky when Toby Egleton was played through down the right of the area but the Welling keeper did well to turn the ball behind for a corner.
In the 25th minute, Cray pulled a goal back when Louis Spence won the ball and his pass found George Minchin flicked the ball through to Shelley who strode on and tucked a fine finish past the Welling keeper.
Cray now had the bit between the teeth and started to look a different side to the team that started the game and Ethan Taylor saw a long range strike saved with difficulty by the Welling keeper.
Cray levelled two minutes before half time when Shelley scored again with a decent near-post
strike from Egleton’s cross. Then on the stroke of half time, Flynn Odell drove a shot narrowly wide.
Half Time: 2-2
The second half started a little more evenly and then burst into life with two goals in two minutes.
First, five minutes after the restart, Cray went in front for the first time when Joseph Williams played in Shelley a tucked a close range effort under the keeper.
However, two minutes later, Welling levelled with an excellent finish by the no 14 who turned past two defenders who hit a low cross shot from the left into the bottom right corner.
Cray then went back on the attack and Williams saw a couple of shots blocked in the penalty area.
The Wands went back in front in the 55th minute when Williams hit a fierce long range strike which came back off the crossbar and seemingly over the line. After consultation with his linesman, the referee gave the goal.
Cray started to dictate the game in the closing stages and grabbed a fifth goal with a couple of minutes to go when Williams and Langford had a couple of shots blocked and following up Josh Floodgate knocked the ball in from close range to give the Wands a remarkable victory which seemed so unlikely early on .
Team: Josh Lee, Sid Chandler, Malcolm Dixon, Louis Spinks, Joshua Floodgate, Daniel Street, Ethan Taylor, Charlie Langford, George Minchin, Flynn Odell, Charlie Langford, Michael Loomes, Toby Egleton, Harvey Shelley, Joseph Williams, Tommy Samani
Meanwhile also in the Selkent League
Cray Wanderers 3-1 Junior Reds – u11’s
Cray welcomed Junior Reds to Mottingham looking to overturn their only league defeat of the season when Junior Reds ran out 4-2 winners.
Cray started well and from kick off, a flowing move resulted in Cray forcing the first corner of the game. No chance this time but Cray continued to push forward and Angel tested the keeper along with efforts from Olly and Jamie from long range. Cray were playing really well and Angel found the back of the net for his 8th goal of the season, finishing off a good move involving Olly and Lewis. Soon after, Jamie danced into the box and was tripped over. The ref pointed to the spot and Jamie dusted himself down to drill the ball into the bottom corner 2-0 Cray. Cray were dominating with both wing backs Callum and Lewis playing well going forward. Andy and Zuriel were strong in defence and they needed to step in a number of times as the Junior Reds looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The 2nd half started in similar fashion, Cray pushing forward and the Junior Reds keeper saving well from shots from Olly, Kaya and Ben. Joseph then played the ball of the game as he sent Callum free down the right but he could only force a corner. Junior Reds against the run of play pulled one back following a defensive mix up and were back in the game. However, a flowing move saw Lewis find Ben, who beat his man before striking the ball into the top corner, what a goal. 3-1 Cray. George saved well and in the closing minutes Kieran, Callum, Ben and Joseph had further shots but Cray could not extend their lead. Cray saw the game out with centre backs Zuriel, Andy and sub Kieran absolute rocks at the back.
A great win for the Lions and a very good all round team performance.
Goals: Angel, Jamie (pen), Ben
Team: George, Callum, Lewis, Zuriel, Andy, Olly, Jamie, Ben, Kaya, Angel, Joseph, Connor
Manager; Steve Owen
Elsewhere the Cray Acorn Wanderers U11s beat Welling Wanderers 5-0 at home to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
In the Kent Youth League, there was a tremendous result for the U16s who advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Causeway Steel Challenge Cup with a 4-2 win at home to Herne Bay in the 3rd Round. Mike Bruno’s side will now be away to either Margate or Welling United on 29th January.
In league matches, the U18s were beaten 0-6 at home to Bromley A, whilst the U14s lost their first game in a while when they lost 0-1 at Long Lane.