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12/8/17 Carshalton Athletic Lost 0-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 14th August 2017

Opening day defeat on Isthmian League return

Match Stats

Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-1

Score (HT): 0-1

Goalscorers (Carshalton Athletic): Brendan Murphy-McVey (45)

Referee: Michael Marsh

Assistants: Kirsty Dowle & Glen Childs

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: Pat Kingwell (83)

Carshalton Athletic:
Yellow Cards: Mekhail McLaughlin (71)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Frazer Walker (off 77)
Chris Elliott (off 25)
David Botterill (off 46)
Richard Avery
Pat Kingwell
Michael Phillips
Ben Davisson
Jason Goodchild
Tyrell Richardson-Brown
Rory Hill



Substitutes

Adrian Stone * (on 46)
Jon Difford * (on 77)
Ollie Perkins
Brandon Williams * (on 25)
Aaron Lee-Wharton (gk)

Carshalton Athletic

Richard Ossal
Bobby Price (off 73)
Paris Hamilton-Downes (off 41)
Peter Adeniyi
Kalvin Morath-Gibbs
Jordan Cheadle
Ola Sogbanmu
Brendan Murphy-McVey (off 85)
Michael Campbell
Tommy Bradford
Mickel Miller



Substitutes

Mekhail McLaughlin * (on 41)
David Opuku
Ryan Healey * (on 73)
Josh Phillips * (on 85)

Attendance: 289

A solitary goal in the final minute of the first-half was enough to send Ashford United to a home defeat in the opening game of the Bostik Isthmian League South season.

Brendan Murphy-McVey’s goal proving enough for Carshalton Athletic to secure the points and spoil the party as Isthmian League football returned the Homelands for the first time since April 2010.

The hosts though will reflect on a missed penalty, before finishing the match with ten men when Pat Kingwell was sent off seven minutes from time.

Much has happened since Ashford Town came out on top 2-1 against Chatham Town on the final day of season 2009-10, not least the side folding before being re-formed as “United” and regaining their Isthmian League status as champions of the Southern Counties East League last term.

The visitors just about shaded the first-half chances, although neither keeper was really tested throughout a cagey opening 45 minutes, with the defences most definitely on top.

Tyrell Richardson-Brown battled hard all afternoon, but it was evident that United clearly missed the holidaying Shaun Welford, as they failed to make any meaningful impact in the final third. The newcomer signed in the Summer from Burgess Hill Town did though have a 36th minute effort blocked, before being set up by Jason Goodchild only to scuff a shot well wide,

For the visitors a free-kick midway through the half from Jordan Cheadle went inches wide of the post, whilst Mickel Miller had a couple of efforts from distance which cleared the crossbar.

Then with a first-half stalemate looking likely, a cross from Tommy Bradford picked out Murphy-McVey who poked the ball past George Kamurasi with 44 minutes and 10 seconds on the clock.

The Robins had debutant goalkeeper Richard Ossal to thank when he palmed away a rasping effort from Rory Hill early in the second-half.

Kamurasi then raced to the edge of the six yard- box to smother at the feet of Bradford, then a few minutes later Murphy-McVey cleared the bar from 20-yards out.

Hill twice went close in a matter of seconds as Ashford looked to restore parity, as Ossal once again denied the lively number 11 from the edge of the box, before he looped a header from close-range over the crossbar.

Hill though missed a golden opportunity to draw Ashford back on level terms from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, after Frazer Walker had been bundled over, Hill though could only fire his spot-kick against the crossbar.

Then in the 83rd minute the red card malaise which haunted United last season struck again when Kingwell pulled back Campbell, the colour of the card though did seem a tad harsh with other defenders around.

Kamurasi was alert to save the resultant well struck fee-kick from Bradford, before denying the same player with a terrific save at the near post just a few moments later.

In a lively finish to the match, the visitors were grateful to Ossal for keeping the lead intact in the closing stages, when he was alert at the edge of the 18-yard box to thwart Richardson-Brown.

Then almost immediately at the other end substitute Josh Phillps fed Bradford but Kamurasi was once again on hand to prevent a second goal for the Robins.