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Greenwich Borough 23/4/16 Lost 0-2

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 23rd April 2016

Champions Greenwich defeat United in final match of the season

Match Stats

Date: Sat 23 Apr 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-2

Score (HT): 0-1

Referee: Michael Marsh

Assistants: Unknown

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
Dan Cook
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Luke Cuthbert
Mikey Dalton
Pat Kingwell (off 56)
Chris Saunders (off 48)
Michael Phillips
Josh Woolley (off 53)
Paul Booth
Taser Hassan

Substitutes (used *)
Tom Fagg
Ben Davisson * (on 48)
Adam Cuthbert
Chris Elliott * (on 56 off 89)
Ryan Palmer * (on 53)

GREENWICH BOROUGH
Craig Holloway
Nathan Paul
Lewis Clark
Peter Sweeney (off 89)
Rob Gillman
Danny Young
Francisco Mbela (off 55)
Pat O’Connor
Mohamed Eisa
Michael Power (off 78)
Ryan Johnson

Substitutes (used *)
Tom Youngs * (on 78)
Ryan Dolby
Jake Britnell * (on 55)
Scott Kinch * (on 89)
Yacine Gnahore


Attendance: 201

Ashford United’s final match of the season ended with a sixth league defeat, as champions Greenwich Borough secured a 2-0 win, the visitors though could have scored many more had the woodwork not come to the aid of the home side on three occasions.

A goal in the first minute of added time at the end of the first-half from Pat O’Connor was added to by Mohamed Eisa in the 77th minute, despite both scorers spurning numerous chances the visitors ran out worthy winners on the day.

In a cagey opening there was little goalmouth action until the 11th minute when Dan Cook used his legs to save well from Eisa.

The first occasion that Ashford were grateful for the intervention of the woodwork came after 21 minutes, when Peter Sweeney saw his curling free-kick from 28-yards shave the outside of the post.

The champions then saw Eisa fire inches wide of the post, before a poor clearance by Cook went straight to O’Connor, but the home keeper atoned for his error by producing a good save to deny the Borough number eight.

It took until the 35th minute for United to win their first corner, Borough then went on the attack as Sweeney fed Eisa, who once again was denied by another decent save from the busy Cook.

Ashford then saw Pat Kingwell rise at the far post to head narrowly over from a corner before Josh Woolley wasted a free-kick 22 yards out after Paul Booth had been fouled.

Somewhat surprisingly despite other dead ball specialists present, Woolley’s wasteful effort went so high, it would have been okay for a conversion in a rugby match.

Then in first-half stoppage time an overlapping run saw Eisa and Ryan Johnson combine to set up O’Connor who volleyed home from six-yards to put the visitors into the lead.

Ashford looked much livelier in the second period once Ryan Palmer was introduced in the 53rd minute and showed better signs of getting back into the contest, although Borough always looked dangerous on the break.

Hassan with United’s first on target effort came four minutes after the break, which Craig Holloway juggled before clearing the ball away.

A clever flick by Michael Power released Francis Mbela , but Cook – who was a worthy stand-in for George Kamurasi – stood firm by pulling off a timely save.

Palmer then went on a run to ping the ball into the penalty area, which almost produced an own goal as the ball looped over the crossbar.

Cook then produced a cracking treble saw to prevent the lead being doubled, with the second of the three saves being tipped onto the left-hand post.

O’Connor missed an open goal in the 65th minute when he somehow contrived to strike the crossbar from close range when it looked easier to score, after Eisa had created the opportunity.

Although they huffed and puffed, the home side never really threatened once Booth headed wide after 74 minutes.

Three minutes later Eisa took advantage of a mistake by Charlie Dickens who erred too long on the ball, to make it 2-0 when he found the net and bag the points for the visitors.

Borough almost added a third but defender Nathan Paul – who started the campaign with United – fired wide of the target with seven minutes remaining.

Greenwich lost only three games all season and by scoring 121 goals proved to be worthy champions, as they now look forward to playing at Isthmian League level next season.

United finished the season in third spot, only being denied runners-up for a third successive season, thanks to the league enforcing a 10-point deduction on the club during mid March.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall