Under-15s through in extra-time
By Wink Tomkinson
Angels triumph in Kent Cup thriller
Report from Todd Tyrie
The Angels Under-15s entertained Dover in the Second Round of the Kent Cup and again started very confidently. The back line have been superb the last three weeks, Leo Hazelwood has been a unbelievable signing and he has allowed us to play different formations whilst marshalling the defence superbly.
The Angels started playing from the back confidently with Conor Murphy finding Ben Hermitage and Finlay Nwanosike regularly and allowing Angels to play through the middle. David Howie had started upfront in the absence of Jamie Lawrence and Billy Kent and was holding up the ball superbly bringing others into play.
The Angels opened the scoring following a great bit of play between Howie and Nwanosike with the final ball being squared for Toby Lansdowne to rifle home. We continued to create chances but needed the second goal. Toby Kent and Joe Tyrie had now locked down the middle allowing Nwanosike to drive at the Dover defence. Angels then got their second goal, Hermitage bravely heading home whilst being piled into the net by a Dover defender.
Dover became very direct and threw everything at Angels from the opening of the second half, but the Angels managed to hold out for the first 20 minutes despite Dover’s front two being a real handful, but when they managed to get their first goal they could sense the ascendancy had changed.
Dover continued to press and were a real danger from set pieces with Angels guilty of giving away a few silly free kicks, from one of which, Dover fired in a rocket from 30 yards to equalise and it looked like they were going to be the winners.
The game went into extra time, but the Angels spirit remained intact with Jack Wilkins’ energy fantastic in extra time, driving the team on. Jack Balcombe who had been forced off in normal time was able to come back on allowing Howie to play back up top and it was Angels who got in front again with that man Lansdowne finishing brilliantly under pressure. Dover had now to throw everything forward and from a long goal kick broke through one-on-one but Balcombe got back for one of the tackles of the season and with it the Angels progressed to the next round.