Cray travelled to Hillyfielders looking to stretch their unbeaten start to the season. Weirdly, the match was being played in the middle of a cemetery.
Cray lined up with George between the sticks, Callum, Andy and Heath in defence. Ben, Elliott, Jack in midfield, Joseph, Kieran wide and Sam and Kaya leading the line. Heath was captaining the side on his return to his old club so was desperate to get a victory. Subs included Harry, Alfie and Rashaard and they were introduced at various points.
Cray started the first 20 minutes well but it was a back and forth game with a couple of chance from both teams. Cray got hold of a loose ball, Elliot passed to Callum but he was shoved over. Callum whipped the ball into the box but t cleared after a scramble. Hillyfielders tried to hit Cray on the counter attack but centre back Andy broke each move down. Hillyfielders attacked down their right side but left back Heath made strong tackles. Kieran unfortunately got injured and was replaced by Zuriel. Zuriel made a clever run down the wing and eventually, he was fouled on the by by-line. Callum stood over the free kick looking for the big man Zuriel. He crossed the ball in and Zuriel connected with it but the keeper saved well before Kaya tapped the ball home. Cray was 1-0 up. Cray were now leading and started to play more of the football with Jack, Ben and Elliott pulling the strings in midfield. Callum had the ball and he slipped like Stevie G allowing the forward in. Centre back Andy tried his best but the number 7 beat him and his shot was too hard for goal keeper George. 1-1 at half time.
Cray kicked the game off with a great pass from Alfie freeing Sam into the box. He attempted to go round the defender but was tackled from behind. Sam dusted himself down and took the penalty, burying it in the top corner. 2-1 Cray. It was soon 3-1, as some good football, sent Zuriel free down the right, a drilled cross was volleyed home by Alfie. Goal of the game!! Cray were in danger of waking the surrounding people………..Cray were really on top and further chances by Rashaard, Joseph and others went begging. Before Sam sent Rashaard clear to calmly slot home for number 4. Kaya added number 5 and his second in the closing minutes. An excellent performance from the team playing up a year in Selkent B. Heath was happy on his return to his old club, manager Steve was happy with the performance and hopefully my Grandad was smiling in the nearby cemetery.
Goals: Kaya 2, Sam, Alfie and Rashaard
Attendance: biggest crowd of the season, shame they were not alive
Match reporter: Callum Redman (age 11)
U12s Selkent Cup
Cray Wanderers U12s Sharks 16
London Legends Development U12s 0
The Cray Wanderers U12s Sharks advanced into the Preliminary Round of the Selkent Cup with a crushing victory against a gallant but a somewhat outclassed Londong Legends Development side at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
Three played scored hat-tricks with Marcin Talaska getting a double hat-trick with six goals as well as four for Bartosz Macudzinski and three for Antonio Adil.
It was evident right from the start that the Legends side were going to struggle and Talaska and Connor Redman came close with efforts in the opening minutes.
By the tenth minute Cray were 3-0 up and Oliver Raghip set up Talaska for his first of the afternoon who fired wide of the keeper to make it 1-0 after 4 minutes.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Daniel Jermackovs found Redman who hit a sweet strike from the left of the area which went in at the near post.
In the tenth minute it was time for Talaska’s second goal when from a corner, Marlon Wilson put the ball across and the striker turned the ball into the net.
Cray were seeming to score every couple of minutes and by the 17th minute it was 6-0 with first a corner from Bartosz Macudzinski played into the area was headed home by Antonio Adil. Then in the 15th minute Talaska completed his hat-trick when played through and applied a thumping finish. Then two minutes later he scored his fourth goal with another well taken shot.
There was a brief lull to the scoring when on 23 minutes, Talaska became provider for Macudzinksi who crashed home his first goal. Redman fired into the side net and then after a barrage of pressure which led to some rather desperate defending and blocks, the ball came to Talaska who set up Macudzinski for goal no 8 and we were still not at half time.
Before the break there were two more goals, firstly after another bout of pressure seeing shots blocked and the ball came out to Adil who blasted home his second goal.
Finally and coming surely as something of a relief for the visitors half time came but not before double figures were reached with Macudzinksi scoring his hat-trick from Daanish Ashiq’s pass.
Half Time: 10-0
It was impossible not to feel a bit of sympathy for London Legends as the half time team talk must have been difficult but they stuck at it in the second half and their enthusiasm was enduring and did win a handful of corners.
Cray though continued to play well and two minutes into the second half it was 11-0 when Telaska set up Oliver Raghip who finished well and it looked like it was back to business as usual.
Raghip then had a goal disallowed but on 41 minutes Telaska made another assist this time for Adil who completed his hat-trick.
Goal no 13 was finished well down the left of the penalty area by Macudzinski, his fourth of the afternoon.
It was getting a bit hard to keep up but the 14th goal was tucked away by Telaska for his fifth from Macudzinski’s set up.
A few minutes later Telaska scored his sixth with an explosive finish before taking a well earned rest for the remainder of the game.
More desperate defending prevented further goals and the unlucky Daniel Jermackovs saw efforts saved and hit the post before finally getting on the scoresheet with a tap in from Marlon Wilson’s blocked shot.
Cray played extremely well it has to be said and very professionally and scored some good goals and played the game with smiles on their faces. You sense though it might be tougher for them in the next round at Foots Cray Lions Yellow in the Preliminary Round.
Team: Archie Ettridge, Oliver Raghip, Daanish Ashiq, Marlon Wilson, Connor Redman, Daniel Jermackovs, Marcin Telaska, Barotsz Macudzinski, Robert Duckos, Antonio Adil
Elsewhere in the Selkent League there were good wins for our U13s sides. The Sharks won 3-0 at Cuxton 91FC to make it three wins out of three for last seasons double winners.
The U14s were beaten 0-3 at Welling Youth in the U14b Yellow division while the U12s Piranhas picked up a very good result with a 2-2 draw at a decent Dartford White side.
The U10s in the Yellow Division won 4-3 at Eltham Town whilst in the 10B Blue division the Cray Wanderers Lions lost 1-5 at Long Lane. The U9s Sharks lost 0-5 at Welling United while the U7s though, the youngest age group won 3-1 & 8-1 against Blackheath Village.
Well done to all our sides who played today whatever the results, it is about giving a platform for the young players to play, learn, develop and enjoy their football and through great coaching.