The u15 acquitted themselves creditably against their much higher ranked opponents on Sunday at Greatness Park in the second round of the league Cup. The visitors quality ultimately told but they had to work hard for their win.
Sevenoaks played this team in a pre-season friendly and were soundly beaten but they are a different proposition now following an impressive start to the season in their competitive games. Coney Hall are a well organised and skilful team, they pass the ball well and are very confident. However, Sevenoaks were not overawed and though in the opening minutes the visitors looked dangerous, it was the home team that took the lead after 13 minutes. Kai pounced on a mistake and burst through the defence to finish sharply past their diving goalkeeper.
Fin Richardson, finally making his debut, was working very hard in midfield and was getting the ball to the forwards and it seemed a second goal would be forthcoming. Floris had a tremendous chance after 25 minutes to double the lead but his shot was wayward.
Coney Hall then began to take control, their passing game enjoying the excellent Greatness Park surface. The Sevenoaks defence was under concerted pressure, especially on the left, but they just about held firm. However, an equaliser came via a corner and after all their hard work it was unfortunate that it a rather soft goal Coney Hall taking advantage of a moments lack of concentration and decision in the back line.
Coney Hall started the second half on the front foot and Sevenoaks were under pressure again from the start. It seemed that a goal would come any time but resolute defending kept the scores level. The Blues were working hard and were getting forward but the Coney Hall defence were just doing enough to nullify the efforts of the forwards. 15 minutes into the half The Hawks took the lead, a loose back pass allowed their winger in on goal and Porter could do nothing about it.
For the rest of the match Sevenoaks probed and pushed but they could not find a way through. Coney Hall threatened on occasion and last ditch blocks and saves kept the scoreline close. All it needed was a single break to come the home team’s way to put the match into extra time but it was not to be.
Sevenoaks can take great satisfaction from this performance, their opponents were probably expecting an easier afternoon after the previous match between the two teams but on their way home they would know that they had been in a real match. Their quality told in the end but the result was in doubt until the final whistle blew.