Rusthall Reserves v Cray Wanderers U23s – Kent Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final – 5/1/19
Rusthall Reserves 1 Maga 60
Cray Wanderers U23s 3 Daye 20, Hullet 56, Kasab 90+2
Cray Wanderers U23s advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Kent Intermediate Cup after a hard fought victory against Rusthall Reserves at the Jockey Farm Stadium.
The Wands started the game well and went ahead with Robbie Daye’s classy finish on 20 minutes before the home side had a good spell of pressure before the break. Cray though got breathing space on 56 minutes when Ben Hullet turned the ball in from Joe Barber’s corner kick before Rusthall pulled a goal back on the hour. Despite late pressure from Rusthall, Cray broke away in injury time to finish the game with Akan Kasab firing home to round off a good away victory.
On a grey and cold if thankfully dry afternoon, this was a very good cup tie and Cray began well with Freddie Parker setting up Robbie Daye with an early chance which the home keeper Jake Cornish did well to spread himself to make a blocked save.
Rusthall had their moments going forward and Michael Tubbs fired over and Lynos Rwodzi saw an effort blocked before Cray took the lead on 20 minutes. A fine ball from midfield by Malik Solebo was latched onto by Daye who from just inside the area placed the ball under Cornish and into the net.
Six minutes later Cornish was injured and was replaced before Rusthall had a good spell of pressure which could have led to a goal. Firstly from a throw in out on the right, Rwodzi’ ball to the near post was headed wide Adam James.
Then from a corner down the right, Kane Ramsell’s cross was headed over by James, and then the rangy Arnil Maga set up Ramsell for a shot from the edge of the area which just skimmed the crossbar. Finally, Ramsell shot over from the just outside the box as half time approached.
Cray almost grabbed a second when Nell Spencer made a good run forward and found Daye who from 14 yards rolled the ball just wide of the right post. Finally Kyrique Garvey-Williams set up Lee Lewis who shot wide from 25 yards but Cray went in at the break a goal to the good.
Half Time: 0-1
The second half began in lively fashion with Rwodzi setting up James for a shot wide of the left post for Rusthall while Cray almost grabbed a second when the goalkeepers clearance rebounded off Daye but rolled just wide of the right post to the keeper’s relief.
Cray had begun the second half in positive fashion and grabbed a second goal on 56 minutes when from a corner down the right, Joe Barber’s inswinging cross to the far post was turned into the net by Ben Hullet to make it 2-0.
Rusthall though had battled well and pulled a goal back four minutes later with Maga finding space on the edge of the area to place the ball into the bottom right corner to set up an exciting last half hour.
Rusthall pressed for a leveller but Cray were defending extremely well and took the sting out of the game for a while.
Cray pressed and Parker fired wide from Spencer’s cut back before the home side from a corner out on the right the ball came to Rwodzi who hit a volley well wide.
Cray were looking good on the break and Spencer was unlucky when found down the right and shot over before for Rusthall Maga hit a shot from 20 yards which was gathered by Tiwa Fujamade.
Rusthall kept going for a goal which would have taken the game to penalties and James shot over from Craig Gailee’s pass in the 82nd minute. For Cray a good period of possession led to a corner and from Parker’s pass Lewis saw a shot blocked.
As the game entered its final minute Rusthall pushed forward and won a couple of corners and penned Cray back but with the game entering its second minute of added on time, Frankie Morgan from just inside his own half played a fine ball out to the right to Akan Kasab who cut inside, took on a defender and inside the area fired into the bottom left corner to complete the scoring and send Cray into the Semi-Finals for the second straight year.
This was a good test for Mark Dacey’s side against a strong footballing side but Cray showed their grit and steel and played a very mature game in the second half to win the tie.
Cray: Tiwa Fujamade, Adam Bambroffe, Alfie Young, Ben Hullet, Joe Barber, Lee Lewis, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Malik Solebo (Frankie Morgan, 75), Neil Spencer (David Showemimo, 79), Freddie Parker, Robbie Daye (Akan Kasab, 65): Sub: Cain Cruz