Selkent League – U9s Division C Central
Cray Wanderers Sharks 3 Cray Wanderers Piranhas 3
The Cray Wanderers u9s Sharks Cray Wanderers u9s Piranhas
The second all Cray Wanderers youth team game of the season took place at U9s level at Mottingham Playing Fields as Owen Roberts Sharks team with a 100% winning start to the season took on Jon England’s Piranhas team that were looking for their first win.
The form book would have suggested a comfortable win for the Sharks as they hadn’t lost a league game in a year but the Piranhas showed remarkable powers of recovery as they fought back from 2-0 down to take the lead before Sharks made it 3-3 just before half time. The Piranhas survived some pretty incessant pressure in the second half and hung on for a deserved point.
The Sharks team are a team high on confidence and are good footballers and they set off like an express train in this game and threatened to run away with it ealry on.
The first chance came for the Sharks when Mikhail Simons saw an effort pushed out by keeper Alex England and the follow up was fired over the bar. Then Mahli Holness saw an effort deflected behind for a corner.
This led to the first goal as the corner from the left was played into the area and Simons was on hand to fire into the net.
The Sharks seemed well in control and Matt Karge set up Holness who shot wide.
It was 2-0 a couple of minutes later as Holness set up Sean Sina who finished clinically from close range.
Slowly though, the Piranhas came into it and leading scorer Ledion Ceku came close with an effort wide and then Shumari Taylor made a surging run and set up Ceku who shot narrowly past the post.
The Piranhas pulled a goal back when from a throw into the area, a loose ball was turned in by Ceku to give Piranhas hope.
A couple of minutes later the scores were tied with a fairly identical goal with another throw in not cleared and Ceku pounced again to make it 2-2.
Perhaps to the surprise of everyone, the Piranhas went ahead five minutes before half time when a shot from Mehmet Talaska which seemed to hit a bobble off the goal mouth and deceived keeper Kye Lewis and it was 3-2.
It was almost 4-2 but Kobi Graham was denied a goal by a fine save by Lewis pushing the ball round the post.
Before half time the pressure from the Sharks was building and Holness curled a shot wide and then Davis was denied by a good save from England.
Right on half time, the Sharks made it 3-3 when Lyndon Snelgrove made a run out from the back and finished with great composure to bring to an end the most dramatic of 25 minutes play.
Half Time: 3-3
The second half although there were no more goals there was much to admire about the game.
The Piranhas came close when Ceku shot just over and for the Sharks good play by Kian Money-Greig saw him set up Jaemar Davis who shot just wide of goal.
The pressure was starting to mount from the Sharks and Kayden Roberts hit a well hit shot which England did very well to get down to turn round for a corner. From the corner the ball was cleared out to Roberts whose shot looked goalbound but a great defensive cleareance from Talaska who headed the ball off the line and over the bar.
Not surprisingly, the Piranhas couldn’t get forward too much but almost surprised the Sharks when Taylor down the right set up Graham but his effort was saved by Lewis.
The Sharks continued to pile forward in search of a winners and Holness was denied by another good save by England. Then Holness set up Roberts who was also denied by England who palmed the ball behind for a corner.
As the half wore on it did seem being strictly neutral it would have been very hard on either team if there was a winner and it was only right that the game should end in a 3-3 draw.
This was a tremendous game played in good spirit barely a foul tackle all game and there was much to take from both sides. The Sharks were given a real test which hasn’t always been the case this season and they maintained their unbeaten start although lost the 100% start. The Piranhas were perhaps looking to lose honourably but ended up putting in a great showing and showed good character to come back and defended well second half when under siege at times.
Cray Wanderers Sharks: Kye Lewis, Jaemar Davis, Matthew Karge, Lyndon Snelgrove, Kayden Roberts, Kian Money-Greig, Mikhail Simons, Mahil Holness, Kai Phillips, Sean Sina
Cray Wanderers Piranhas: Alex England, Nathan Ali Aslan, Ersin Kumander, Nick Degus, Kobi Graham, Mehmet Talaska, Shumari Taylor, Ledion Ceku