Selkent League – U13 B Division Yellow
Cray Wanderers U13s Lions 3
Petts Wood Razorbills U13s 0
The Cray Wanderers U13s Lions remain at the top of the Selkent League U13s B Division Yellow as they won a fine top of the table contest against second placed Petts Wood Razorbills at Mottingham Playing Fields.
Both teams were leve on points at the start of the game with Cray just top on goal difference. After a tight first half which saw a lot of good football but few chances, Cray took the lead close to half time with a Rashad Drysdale goal. The Wands played extremely well in the second and Drysdale scored a second fifteen minutes into the half and then right at the end Alfie Sadlier finished the game off with a superb strike to make it 3-0.
On the return to football for the youth teams after the Christmas break it was Petts Wood who created the best early openings. Firstly the no 14 hit a crisp shot which hit the outside of the right hand post. Then the no 5 saw an effort cleared off the line following a corner.
Perhaps the best chance for the visitors came when the no 7 was played through down the left hand side and his shot was met by a fine blocked save by Harry Haynes.
Cray played some good football but Petts Wood were defending well although the keeper did well to come out and block as Rashad Drysdale broke into the area.
It looked like being a goalless first half when Joseph McCallum made a good run forward and played a superb pass through to Drysdale down the right of the area who from a tightish angle squeezed the ball into the net to give Cray a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw the game open up a bit more and the no 3 headed wide for Petts Wood while for Cray Ollie Perkins saw a shot held by the keeper.
The Wands had a little scare when from a flicked on corner Cray had to clear off the line but began to get on top as the half wore on. For Cray McCallum hit a shot which the keeper held and Perkins shot just over the top.
A second goal was coming and arrived fifteen minutes after the break when from a throw in down the right the ball was switched to the left where Alfie Sadlier played over a fine cross to Drysdale, who took a touch, found space and placed a shot wide of the keeper into the bottom left corner of the net.
After this Cray moved up a gear and Drysdale curled a shot narrowly wide and Sam Hards cross just couldn’t get a touch from Ben Cook at the far post. Cray came close again when Cook saw a shot palmed round the post well by the keeper.
The final action of a very good game came in the last minute when Sadlier down the left charged forward and hit a sweet strike from just outside the area which crashed into the top right corner of the net to finish the game in style and give Cray a two point lead at the top.
Steve Owen and Steve Redman’s side are always a joy to watch and play the game in a great spirit and enjoy their football.
Team: George Tolland, Harry Haynes, Andy Dzontoh, Jack Butcher, Kaya Mahmut, Ben Cook, Harry Haynes, Zuriel Elueme, Samuel Hards, Oliver Perkins, Joe McCallum, Alfie Sadlier, Rashad Drysdale, Elliott Haywood, Heath Cole-Goodwin, Kieran Fowler.
There were some very good results for Cray Wanderers Youth sides on the resumption of the season after the Christmas break.
In the Kent Youth League, the U14s fought out a 2-2 draw away to Bromley. Bromley went ahead half way through the first half but Cray levelled at the start of the second through Callum Ellington. Bromley went back in front but Cray deserved to draw level once again when Jack Church’s free kick was saved by the keeper only for Victor Daniels to stroke home the rebound.
Cray had other chances to win the game with two efforts cleared off the line but overall a draw was a fair result. The point was enough to put Cray top of the KYL Central Division.
The U13s are now just a point behind leaders Whyteleafe in the U13s Central Division after an impressive 7-2 win against West Wickham at the Queen Mary University Ground in Chislehurst.
The U16s meanwhile were knocked out of the Kent Cup by Bromley at John Roan Playing Fields losing 4-3. Cray were 0-2 down at the break and fought back to 2-2 five minutes after the restart. Bromley went back in front before being pegged back once more but the visitors won with a goal fifteen minutes from time.
Back in the Selkent League, the u13s in the A Division remain third after a 6-0 win at Dulwich Village Orange.
The U12s Piranhas have had a good season and are second in the A Division and were in Selkent Cup 1st Round action advancing with a 4-1 win against Junior Reds Titans into the 2nd Round.
The two U10s sides were involved in Kent Vase action and the U10s side advanced to the 2nd Round after getting past Petts Wood Cormorants (0-0) and a 2-1 win against Teviot Rangers. The U10s Lions were unlucky to go out beating Welling Youth Blue (2-1) before losing their second game (0-1) to Kent Football United White.
The U9s were 2-1 winners against Danson Sport Black at Foots Cray Rugby Club, while the U7s started life in a new league with a 3-2 win against Welling United losing the second game 0-1 but a very encouraging start.