WELLING UNITED U13s vs CRAY WANDERERS YOUTH U13s
Welling United 2
Cray Wanderers Youth 6
The Cray Wanderers U13s maintained their 100% winning start to the season with another stylish victory as the Wands saw off a spirited Welling fightback at Crown Woods School with a display of power and some quality finishing.
Cray who had won their first four league games scoring 35 goals in the process are a very good side to watch and took the lead with their first attack after four minutes. A great through ball caught Welling out and prolific marksman Dave Ofiliabu took two touches, ran on and placed the ball into the back of the net.
It was almost two shortly after when Atta Guedu laid the ball across to Maison Burstow whose effort was on target but straight to the keeper.
Welling threatened with a couple of long range shots which went wide before Cray scored again in the fifteenth minute. The excellent Tion Cudjoe in midfield played a short pass through to Ofiliabu who showed great strength and pace to burst into the area and once again simply passed the ball into the net.
By this stage Cray were playing some very good football and Ofiliabu came close to completing a hat trick when set up by another Burstow cross but he couldn’t connect properly with the shot and the ball was cleared.
Shortly after Cudjoe nearly added to the scoresheet when his audacious shot from 30 yards came back off the crossbar. Cray didn’t wait long though to score again when Cudjoe and Ofiliabu played in Guedu who scored his twentieth goal of the season with a measured and cool finish in the 22nd minute.
Welling though as is a trademark of their teams over the years do not give up and got back into the game with a goal after rare hesitation in the Cray defence led to Yusef Guemar tucking home a smart finish from the edge of the penalty box.
With the half coming to a close Guedu almost scored again but his close range effort was saved by the legs of the Welling keeper.
Half Time: 1-3
Cray continued where they left off in the second half and Martial Godo played the ball down the line to Ofiliabu down the right hand side and played the ball into the box but Theo Foley got under the ball and his effort was off target.
Welling came close when a free kick centrally struck from 25 yards went just wide and this started a good period of play from the Wings which led to pulling another goal back in the 47th minute when Guemar scored the second of the game with a smart strike from just inside the area.
From here though, Cray really turned on the power and showed they can dig in and work hard to go along with their flair. Cray were unlucky when Cudjoe’s free kick from 20 yards came back off the crossbar and his follow up effort was pushed spectacularly round the post by the keeper. From the corner a combination of Cudjoe and Foley couldn’t get the finishing touch to a flick on and the ball was cleared. The keeper then had to save well from Guedu on target effort.
With fifteen minutes to go, Cray restored their two goal cushion when Ofiliabu completed his hat-trick from Foley’s through ball with another accomplished piece of finishing.
Guedu was determined to get his hat trick too and saw two efforts come close, first from another save and then a blocked effort before finally getting his second of the game with four minutes to go. This was a really fine build up with Max Gayle playing the ball down the right to Ofiliabu who laid the ball across to Guedu who steered the ball home.
He completed his hat trick with two minutes with an excellent strike from the edge of the box to cap another eye catching performance from Sean Foley’s team who were given a real game this afternoon and passed the test with flying colours.
Team: Bobby Pavoux, William Amis (Tyler Moth), Max Wyness, Shay Francou, Kasey Bekoe, Tion Cudjoe, Archie Daniels (Max Gayle), Theo Foley, Maison Burstow (Martial Godo), Atta Guedu, Dave Ofiliabu
Cray now top the table with maximum points from five games scoring 41 goals in the process. They are next action in Kent County Cup action next Sunday at Woodcombe.
Another winning team this afternoon were our U18s who remained top of the U18 North table with a 1-0 home win against Long Lane. Damilola Oloruntola scoring the winner for Phil Foster’s side.
Our U16s were also victorious this afternoon as they advanced in the Kent Cup with a 4-1 win at Riverhead Angels with Nathan Odunakan scoring a hat trick and Ben Church completing a satisfactory result for Kevin Cloke’s team.
Elsewhere in the Selkent League, the U12 Sharks went goal mad and won 10-0 at Heroes 2020 whilst the U12 Piranhas lost 0-1 at home to Athenlay Rye.