Active 8 1 U14's Tandridge 7

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The U14's Tandridge team registered their first league win at the third attempt in utterly convincing style putting seven goals past Active 8 on Sunday lunchtime.


The tone was set with their first attack, Josh Penfold opening the scoring with a goal on 40 seconds. They had two other chances in the in the next two minutes with the home defence still under their duvets. 


By the fifth minute it was 2-0 with Josh again on the end of the move. Tim Hill cleared long from left back, Brandon Parsons crossing into the box where Joe Ryder laid it onto Josh to shoot from the same spot as before with the same result.


There was no rest for the home defence as they conceded a corner within moments of taking the start again. A looping cross was missed by the goalkeeper and Joe Ashton was on the line to claim a rather fortuitous goal off his shoulder to put Sevenoaks 3-0 up. Only 7 minutes had gone by. The team managed this performance at the end of the last match, this time they were front loading goals.


Active 8 settled down a little now and began to get a touch of the ball, they were beginning to get forward but Arran Donald’s pace and ability to get a foot in meant that he came away with the ball.


Theo Tite and Kai Okulaja were controlling midfield and making some great passes for the forwards to run onto. Sevenoaks looked like they could score at will, Theo and Kai combined well on 12 minutes to slice through the opposition but Kai’s shot screwed just wide. Moments later Brandon hit the bar with a shot but the inevitable fourth goal came on 14 minutes. Theo shot from 20 metres out which the goalkeeper fumbled and Joe Ryder reacted first to slip the ball under the desperate goalkeeper.


The action wasn’t stopping. At last Active 8 got into the box, Sevenoaks should simply have cleared it but lost possession 8 yards out and their forward couldn’t miss.


However, the advantage became four again a minute later with Josh claiming a rapid hat-trick with a great finish from the edge of the box.


Dan Knowles picked up a knock on 20 minutes but the able substitute, Freddie Watkins was on hand to take over the gloves and he proved a confident replacement for the remainder of the half, dealing with anything that came his way.


The game lost a little shape following another injury break and the breathless play of the first 20 minutes settled down for the rest of the half. Both sides had a few chances, the best one fell to the home side. The Sevenoaks defence were guilty of ball watching and whilst Brandon was alert to the danger he couldn’t get back quite in time but fortunately the striker’s shot was a little wayward.


Sevenoaks were playing intelligent football with some incisive passing backed up by tenacious play in all departments meaning they were getting the ball back again and again.


It was nearly six just before half time, as Piers Harris' lofted shot drifted just wide with Joe Cole just not able to meet it as he followed up on the right.


Active 8 clearly had a stern talking too at half time as they started the second half with an urgency not seen in the preceeding 35 minutes. They were much more determined, much faster in their play and this rather unsettled the visiting team, who were probably expecting much of the same of the first half. The hosts had a couple of early chances but poor finishing kept the scoreline the same and they had to ride their luck for 10 minutes, Arran often rescuing his team with a timely interception. Sevenoaks did get the ball in the net on 50 minutes but Piers' good finish from Theo’s whipped in cross was ruled out for offside.


Finally, they did make it six, and Joe Ryder getting his second with a very cool finish under the goalkeeper again, running onto a good through ball from Kai Okulaja.


Dan Knowles was back in goal, having shrugged off his injury and made a great save with his legs in a 1 on 1 situation that he won.


On 63 minutes the final goal was scored. Josh burst down the right to the byline and his cross into the box left the defender with no option but to put it into his own net with Joe Ryder (hunting his own hat-trick) breathing down his neck.


He nearly got it a few minutes later latching onto a booming clearance from Dan but he couldn’t quite connect and his shot bobbled just wide. That was pretty much the last action of the game and the home referee blew the whistle for Sevenoaks to record an impressive victory. They created so many chances and could easily have got even more goals but no-one is going to quibble about a six goal winning margin. Josh Parsons was awarded the MoM award not just for his goals but his hard work throughout the match creating as well as finishing chances.

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