Angels U19s Academy in FA Youth Cup hunt
By Jim Rowe
1-0 win against Thamesmead Town
Angels U19s Academy have reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 1-0 away win against Thamesmead Town. The all important goal came in the 28th minute from Saul Mosengey.
It was the hosts who were making the early running with their quick movement and powerful forwards and wingers. The early ball over the top was paying dividends and stretching the Angels defence although Harry Lewis and Harry Hudson were tracking the Runners superbly.
Despite the Thamesmead pressure it was the Angels who provided the clearest chances. In the 23rd minute the ever dangerous Musenjay cut in from the right and hit a post. Four minutes later Ned Snowden-Lewis forced a decent save from Thamesmead keeper Nathan Macray. The 28th minute saw the Angels take the lead with Musenjay striking past Macray following some heavy pressure on the Thamesmead goal.
It could have got even better for the Angels when just before the half time whistle Jacob Landers found himself unmarked at the far post but Macray saved well.
The second half saw decent pressure from both sides at times but too often the final pass was hurried and the various attacks broke down in the final third. In the 67th minute however Regan Bowden for Tonbridge should have done better after being put clean through from Mosengey’s pass and then six minutes later Ned Snowden-Lewis was just off target with a header.
Angels keeper Joe Roberts came to the rescue of the visitors on 77 minutes saving well from Thamesmead’s Mason Burton and two minutes later at the other end Mosengay and substitute Tom Hylton combined well but Macray just about did enough to ensure the Angels would have to continue to work hard to preserve their lead.
In the last few minutes Thamesmead who had nothing to lose piled men forward in a attempt to at least force a draw and extra time but the Tonbridge back line stood firm and managed to see out the eight minutes of stoppage time to put themselves in the hat for the next round.
Afterwards Angels Academy joint manager, Tom Parkinson said: “From a defensive point of view I thought we were excellent tonight, but our ball retention needs to be better. The boys have kept their concentration and we’re delighted to be in the 2nd Qualifying Round, let’s hope for a home draw next time round.”