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Ashford United 4-2 K Sports
Monday 4th February 2019
By Katie Rumble
Monday night saw a win for our Ashford United U18s team; with a 4-2 win over bottom of the table K Sports. Despite the score, when the game first started hope was lost when in the first minute an easy break through defence saw a one on one with our keeper who couldn’t save it beginning the game with a 0-1 lead to the opposition. In the 10th minute we saw our first proper chance when we crossed it into the box but missed a header. 1 minute later K Sports scored again but much to our delight, it was disallowed for being offside. The next 10 minutes saw no chances for the boys, but two for K Sports, both coming to a one on one with our keeper (Charlie Wealands) and both being saved. The 24th minute was when our next strong chance was seen as number 7 (Taylor Whitmore) took a shot which the keeper got a hand to, sending it back into the box as number 9 (Paldon Bepe) missed his shot. 5 minutes later we had another strong shot and our play was becoming stronger and more consistent. K Sports gained a corner which was defended out and passed up pitch to number 7 (Taylor) who, unfortunately, didn’t have a chance to shoot before the ball was defended. But, despite our strong play, a break in defence saw K Sports in the box after a late header from our defence to our keeper was intercepted, leaving an open goal and leaving the score at 0-2. The 38th minute saw our first yellow card for number 10 (Billy Harkness) after a bad tackle. But, in the 39th minute we upped the score to 1-2 as number 7 (Taylor) went for a one on one with the oppositions keeper and scored, hitting the net in the bottom right corner. However, we were worried not even 3 minutes later after a shot from K Sports was deflected by our keeper just enough to roll past the goal before our defence could manage to get it out of the box. In the 45th minute we thought the score had reached 2 all when number 10 (Billy) scored, but unfortunately, the goal was disallowed for offside. Not long after, the half time whistle blew, leaving us feeling hopeful that the boys could at least equalise to ensure there wasn’t yet another loss on the table.
When the second half started, we immediately looked better. We had a shot within the first 30 seconds of the whistle saved, and we looked like we were hungry for a win. Not many attempts were seen for either team, but the play was much stronger, and in the 58th minute we equalised as a shot went out for a corner, back into the box and number 9 (Paldon) scored, bringing the score to 2-2. This seemed to install faith into the boys as two minutes later in the 61st minute the score bumped to 3-2 after a one on one with the keeper! In the 68th minute we made a double substitute bringing off number 10 (Billy) and bringing on number 17 (Chuck Alagbuoso), also taking off number 4 (Callum Edwards) and bringing on number 6 (Jack Brown). Then in the 78th minute we made our last sub, taking off number 16 (Frankie Walker) and bringing on number 2 (Zac Cowley). Not many more attempts were made for either team, but the game was stopped for a moment as a confrontation between two players saw the referee calm them down and give them both a warning before yellow carding number 11 (Tony Oladipupo). Despite this the boys got their heads down and in the 89th minute we crossed the ball into the box and a shot was scored, taking the score to 4-2. In the last minute of the game we received our last yellow card for number 3 (Sonny Wirt) for a shove in the back. Two minutes later the whistle blew, leaving us with a 4-2 win, for the first time in what feels like forever. Leaving us with the hope that when we tackle Maidstone next Monday, we can secure another 3 points.
Starting Squad – 1 (Charlie Wealands) 3 (Sonny Wirt) 4 (Callum Edwards) 7 (Taylor Whitmore) 8 (Kundai Munyama) 9 (Ilumiranashe Bepe) 10 ( Billy Harkness) 11 (Anthony Oladipupo) 14 (Gabriel Eba) 15 (Louis Harrison) 16 (Frankie Walker)
Subs – 2 (Zac Cowley) 5 (Ashley Aslett) 6 (Jack Brown) 12 (Reece Blyth) 17 (Oghenetegiri Alagbuoso)
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