Selkent League: U9 Division A
Cray Wanderers 2 Welling United Red 4
The Cray Wanderers U9s prepared for next weekend’s Selkent Cup Semi Finals with a league game against Welling United Red at Mottingham Playing Fields.
Phil Foster’s side had only been beaten once all season but came up against good opponents who are also in the Cup semi final action next Sunday.
The young Wands side started well and created the better openings of the first fifteen minutes. However, Welling are a durable side and before half time scored two good goals on the break to lead 2-0 at the interval.
The second half was a dramatic affair and Finlay Cowley was unlucky when his great run and shot was saved by the Wings keepers feet. Cowley then fired wide before Welling scored a third goal with a fine shot high into the roof of the net from the no 7. The Welling keeper then saved well from Zac Hall’s effort and then saw a close range shot saved on the line by the keeper.
Cray though made a game of it and pulled a goal back when good work by Harley Richardson saw the ball come to Cowley who hit a ferocious shot which went through the keeper and into the net.
There was more excitement for Cray to come three minutes later when the Wands pulled it back to 3-2 with another great strike. Hall saw an effort blocked and the ball came out to Richardson who crashed a superb shot into the top corner of the net.
Cray now had the bit between their teeth but almost straight away Welling made it 4-2 when the no 8 curled home an excellent free kick which gave the Cray keeper Conor Fowler no chance to save.
Cray ended the game strongly with Cowley shooting over the bar, and then Steeve Ndutcha-Ngundh hit a screamer of a shot which came back off a post.
Welling held on for the win but there was a lot to commend both sides on what was a very sticky pitch but the quality of the goals were excellent and both teams can go into their Semi Finals full of confidence. Cray come up against Danson Sports Red and VCD Athletic White in the three team Semi Final at the London Marathon Playing Fields and a report on their progress will appear here next week.
Team: Conor Fowler, Finlay Cowley, Chris Kamara, Ricardo Dyer, Zac Hall, Stefano Dedja, Steeve Ndutcha-Ngundh, Ellis Morgan-Smith, Harley Richardson, Liam Foster, Ola Yusuf, Gary Youchev.
Elsewhere in the Selkent League the U15s went down to defeat in their latest league match, when they lost 3-4 at Petts Wood Griffins.
James Taylor’s U13 Sharks had a superb result in their opening Selkent Shield match with a 6-1 win at Phoenix Sports Tigers. They return to league action next week at home to Eltham Lions United.
Meanwhile, the U11s Cray Wanderers Lions and Cray Acorn Wanderers are in the same Selkent Shield group and Steve Redman’s Lions won this morning with a 4-3 win at Dartford FC Red. They had previously lost their first game last week 0-2 at home to Hayden Youth Harriers. Tony Russell’s Acorns side were without a game this week but started their fixtures last weekend with a rare defeat, 3-4 at home to Dartford FC Red. Next weeks fixtures sees the Lions at home to Dulwich Village Orange whilst the Acorns are at home to Junior Reds Athletic.
In the Kent Youth League there was just one side in action as the U16s made the trip to the Gallagher Stadium to take on Maidstone United. Mike Bruno’s Wands team were beaten 1-5 and remain eleventh in the league table. Next week they make the trip to Tunbridge Wells Youth.
The U18s and U14s were not in league action today. The U18s will be at home to Bromley B next Sunday.