Selkent U12s Cup
Cray Wanderers U12’s 2
Abbeymead U12’s 1
The Cray Wanderers U12s continued their unbeaten start to the season by advancing in the Selkent Cup with a hard fought victory against Abbeymead at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
On a very cold and windy afternoon Cray totally dominated the first half and showed great patience early on before two goals before half time put Cray in command at the break.
However, Abbeymead perhaps with the wind in their favour looked a different side after the break and pulled a goal back before Cray were able to see out the game.
Cray came close to opening the scoring after just two minutes when they were awarded a penalty when Nathaniel Fashanu was brought down inside the area. Max Devon-Lowe took the kick but despite beating the keeper his shot grazed the outside of the post and went behind.
Cray pressed for a goal and Fashanu curled a shot fractionally over the bar. They good work by Blu Husthwaite won a corner down the right and Victor Damyanov’s corner just missed the head of Frankie Griffin.
Damyanov then saw an effort palmed out by the keeper and then tested the keeper with a low shot.
The Wands kept going forward and Husthwaite was very unlucky with a shot which the keeper fumbled and pushed onto the post and back into his hands although possibly the ball was over the line. Then Archie Panyi shot over from a fine pass by the excellent Elisha Oshevare.
Husthwaite then hit a shot at the keeper before he was brought down possibly I thought on the edge of the area but the referee gave a second penalty for Cray. Devon-Lowe showed great bottle to take a second spot kick and this time made no mistake after 24 minutes.
This brought a bit more urgency form Abbeymead but Cray scored a second two minutes before half time with a fine team goal started by Oshivare and then Husthwaite down the left who squared the ball to Fashanu who controlled the ball and turned the ball in from a couple of yards out.
Half Time: 2-0
The second half was a lot scrappier as the temperature seemed to plummet even further. Abbeymead looked a better side after the break and a good cross from the right from the no 11 found the no 16 who turned a shot wide.
For Cray, Fashanu was unlucky with a shot which went narrowly wide of the left post from distance.
Abbeymead pulled a goal back in the 41st minute when a ball forward into the area led to some indecision perhaps for the first time in the game and the no 9 nipped in to take the ball away from keeper Matt Close and from a tightish angle squeezed the ball into the net despite Devon-Lowe’s attempt to clear.
The visitors then saw an effort from the no 10 fizz past the post but this was their last real chance as Cray despite not playing to the level of the first half which was excellent got bogged down a bit but still had a couple of chances.
The ever determined Henderson Russell fired in a shot which the keeper held. Then from an indirect free kick for an offence which didn’t seem obvious, Russell laid the ball to Panyi whose shot was deflected behind for a corner.
From the corner, Fashanu just couldn’t get a firm connection and just missed the ball. Then after a patient passing build up the ball came to Fashanu and his drive was palmed out by the keeper.
Cray held on to win and made it through to the next round. They are always a very good side to watch, play football in the Cray tradition and work extremely hard but Oshivare was the key player today, instrumental in everything Cray did in attack but there were also eyecatching performances from Damyanov and Husthwaite and Fashanu is a forward who will be a major star.
Team: Matt Close, Archie Panyi, Victor Damyanov, Elisha Oshevare, Max Devon-Lowe, Frankie Griffin, Henderson Russell, Chris Chin, Blu Husthwaite, Nathanael Fashanu
Kent Youth League U15 Division North
Cray Wanderers 4
The Cray Wanderers U15s returned to winning ways after last weekend’s rare defeat in the League Cup to Junior Elite by maintaining their 100% start to the league season with a come from behind victory against Glebe at John Roan Playing Fields.
With many thanks to Lee Amis for his report on the game.
Glebe started the game well on a windy day and after 15 minutes Max Gaydu who played for Cray last season hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 yards to give Glebe the lead and it was game on.
All this did was fire Cray up and five minutes later Chris Al-Hassan picked the ball up and with his back to goal turns and fires in an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net to make it 1-1 and put Cray back in control.
Cray have attack after attack and with 35 minutes gone, Jessie Bonishel breaks from the half way line and goes past three players before slotting the ball past the keeper to make it 2-1.
The second half started as the first finished with Cray in complete control. Al-Hassan hit the crossbar in the first five minutes, then following a corner ten minutes into the second half Tion Cudjoe floats in a beautiful corner kick straight onto the head of Bonishel to make it 3-1.
Cray are now playing some great football and attack after attack, the keeper is keeping Glebe in the game.
With ten minutes to go Glebe get a free kick twenty five yards out and is taken by the Glebe forward and looks like it’s going in but somehow Bobby Pavoux managed to tip the ball over the bar.
Glebe are searching for a goal but Cray go back up the other end and Theo Foley scores from twenty yards with a lob over the Glebe keeper.
The Wands win 4-1 and onto next week when they entertain Welling Youth.