Angels U14s edged out of Kent Cup
A high quality game sees just one goal
Angels faced Bromley on Sunday in the Kent Cup, a 2 minute silence perfectly observed by both teams and the boys wearing their poppies with pride. Billy Kent and Connor Murphy missing through injury and Angels only being able to name one sub. A strong cross wind and a bobbly pitch made playing conditions difficult but both teams put on a fantastic display. Bromley started very strongly but the back four of Austin, Balcombe, Howie and Toby Kent looked very solid with Gibb behind them in goal. Angels played with just Toby Lansdowne upfront the midfield of Hermitage, Tyrie, Wilkins, Raffelt and Smith joining up when they could. Angels conceded a lot of possession but in areas that were not going to cause any problems and Bromley were unable to create any real chances and restricted to shots from distance.
Angels looked dangerous down the left side and a great flowing move of one touch football between Austin, Hermitage and Lansdowne almost unlocked Bromley. Raffelt was starting to influence the game carrying the ball forward and keeping good possession. Then really the only clear cut chance of the first half fell to Lansdowne cutting in from left and hitting a great shot that the keeper pulled off a fantastic save to keep the score 0-0 at half time, Bromley having enjoyed more of the play but unable to open Angels up.
Half time and Wates came on for Kent and Angels started to play enjoying most of the possession. Raffelt continued to cause problems for Bromley, Tyrie sat in front of the back four allowing Wilkins to bomb on and Angels started to dominate. Wilkins crashing a shot off the bar and Lansdowne hitting the foot of the post. Bromley looked dangerous on the break and their goal came from a break and a shot finding the bottom corner giving Gibb no chance. Angels continued to take the game to Bromley for the last 15, Howie was sent free with the keeper to beat but hit his shot just over and then a couple of great corners that Angels were unable to force home. Then Howie with another chance from a mistake by the keeper but again getting his shot just over the bar. With a minute left Wilkins went on a brilliant powerful run getting to the by line and hitting a great cross that just eluded by inches Wates, Lansdowne and then Hermitage and Angels knew it wasn't their day the ref blowing up.
Considering the conditions both teams put on a great display and good luck to Bromley in the next round.
Team - Gibb, Howie, Balcombe, Austin, Kent, Hermitage, Tyrie, Wilkins, Smith, Raffelt, Lansdowne and Wates
Next week the team are away in the league to Greenway Aces in Gravesend.