U13's Tandridge 6 Bromley Invicta 3

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Two minutes into this match and it seemed like Sevenoaks were going to create new records. They were two goals to the good and have even had a free kick come back off the bar. Coach Matt had asked for a fast start and that was exactly what he got as a hurricane blew through the Bromley defence. Riley Moore was everywhere, he got the two goals and just missed out with that free kick. 

 

Sevenoaks were organised and showed great imagination in their play. They were passing the ball well and looked dangerous every time they went forward. Rocco Siepel was playing a great game in the centre of midfield with some nice skills and simple passes to get the game going the home side's way. 

 

Bromley weren’t getting a look in and it was 15 minutes before Freddie Watkins in goal had a touch of the ball, by then, it was 3-0 to the home side. Riley Moore again with the corner, the second causing a bit of panic in the box and in the melee Joe Ryder was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

 

Then it was 4! Kai Okulaja was enjoying himself on his birthday finding room down the right and giving the left back a torrid time. He picked the ball up and drove forward lifting the ball over the defence and Alec Munday was on hand to score.

 

The hosts were passing the ball very well and were following their instructions to the letter with obvious and impressive results. A few minutes before half time the fifth and best goal went in. Again, Kai showed great skill and composure driving the ball forward. He got the ball to Riley who took the ball to the by-line where he lifted a perfect cross across the face of the goal for Alec to head in.

 

Awesome and fantastic were some of the adjectives used to describe the performance of the first 35 minutes. The demand was to carry on with more of the same. More Brazil, unfortunately it wasn’t quite like that! 

 

The opposition were clearly not going to play the same way as they did before the interval and they came out showing a lot more aggression determined not to be turned over as they had been so far.

 

For the first time, Sevenoaks were on the back foot and the hope of a clean sheet went after a few minutes when sloppy defensive play allowed Bromley to get a goal back. With such a lead, there wasn't any undue concern but the smart play shown before the break had gone. They were not passing as well, the communication had ceased and they were giving the ball up in midfield. Bromley were in the ascendancy and they were determined to win the second half even if the game was beyond them.

 

It seemed that the pressure was eased when the sixth goal went in. A corner on the right came back to Riley who sent a hard flat cross into the box - although there was no blue shirted player on hand a Bromley defender stuck out a boot and the ball flew into the net.

 

Shortly afterwards, the deficit was reduced again as the home team conceded in a most calamitous manner. From a promising attack on the left, Munday got in Overd’s way and the ball was lost. A hopeful long ball out of defence appeared to be safe but the centre back misjudged the run of the ball and it did not reach the goalkeeper quickly enough, their forward nipped in and it was 6-2. 

 

The visitors were all over it now and Sevenoaks were creating their own problems though time was against the hard trying team in white. Again and again possession was lost in midfield and the home team had to deal with a lot of pressure as Bromley would not give up looking for goals. They had a series of free kicks and from one of them a third goal was scored. In the dying seconds another free kick was won. The ball was floated over and in an instant it was in the net, the referee blew his whistle for full time but relief for Sevenoaks as the goal was disallowed for offside bringing an eventful and exciting match to an end. 

 

Perhaps the first half went too well, it being hard for Sevenoaks to maintain the intensity of the performance in the first game of the year. However, they haven’t had the breaks in previous games despite playing well so they deserve the win and to get the second half of the season underway in excellent circumstances.

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