Adrian Swan

Sevenoaks Town Youth 6 v 0 VCD Athletic Youth
1-0 Deal (11), 2-0 Muzunye (12), 3-0 Edorh (29) (pen),
4-0 Edorh (54), 5-0 Edorh (59), 6-0 Duncan (68).

This was a commanding performance from league leaders Sevenoaks Town against a good battling VCD Athletic side that never gave up.

After an even start Sevenoaks had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes when Charles Greenwood’s through ball put the powerful Caleb Edorh through on goal but his fierce shot flashed into the side netting.

The visitors then had an opening with a move straight from the training ground when Joe Bolton played a short corner to the edge of the box that was dummied by Reece Mclellan, allowing the ball to run onto Eren Musa whose curling shot from the edge of the box flew just over landing on the roof of the net.

Sevenoaks then stunned VCD scoring twice in as many minutes. Firstly a Sam Harris free kick from near the half way line was pumped high into the box where it was missed by VCD keeper Harry Ebdon, perhaps blinded by the bright sunlight, the ball falling kindly for Archie Deal who bundled home from close range.

A minute later it was two as another great through pass from Greenwood saw Lovejoy Muzunye race through on goal and although Ebdon was quickly off his line to make a block on the edge of his area, the ball rebounded back off Muzunye who slotted home from an acute angle.

The Sevenoaks midfield of Greenwood, Harry Edwards, and Charlie Packard were controlling proceedings with their good distribution making it difficult for the visitors to get into the game.

On 26 minutes it was nearly three when Edorh’s pass put the tireless Edwards in on goal but his curling shot was well saved by Ebdon diving high to his left for a corner.

Minutes later another strong run into the box by Edorh was stopped when he was brought down and a penalty awarded.

This he took himself hitting the ball home slightly left of centre as Ebdon dived right. VCD nearly pulled a goal back on 37 minutes when a Sevenoaks corner was cleared up to Mustafa Ouattara on the half way line and he showed good control before racing forward but his shot from the edge of the box flew narrowly over.

Just before half time Sevenoaks dead ball specialist Harris created two further openings.

On 43 minutes his left wing cross found Edwards racing into the box but his stooping header flew just wide of the target and then on the stroke of half time a Harris free kick from wide right found Deal in the box but his header was held by Ebdon moving to his right. Sevenoaks made it four on 54 minutes when Greenwood played the ball up to Edorh who then showed great strength to bulldoze his way through the middle of the VCD defence before dribbling round the on-rushing Ebdon and tapping home.

VCD then went close to reducing the arrears when Noah Agbinone’s pass found Mclellan on the edge of the box and he made space well before hitting a rising shot that forced home keeper Nicky Tolhurst into a good save high to his left to turn the ball out for a corner.

On 59 minutes it was five as another superb Harris left wing cross found Edorh racing in at the near post and he scored with a deft shot sweeping the ball home low to the right of Ebdon and completing his hat-trick in the process.

Both were then rewarded for their excellent performances by being ‘rested’ and replaced by Elliott Duncan and Oluwatosin Afolabi, the depth of the home squad being demonstrated as both made good contributions.

On 68 minutes Sevenoaks made it six when the versatile Deal, who started at centre half and was now playing at full back, played a great through ball onto the forward run of Muzunye who raced into the area where his close range shot was blocked by Ebdon, the loose ball falling back to Muzunye who showed good composure to then square the ball across to Duncan for a simple close range tap in.

Despite falling further behind VCD never gave up and were unlucky not to get a consolation goal on 74 minutes when Mclellan’s floated cross from the left found Bolton racing in at the far post but his powerful header clipped the bar before flying over.

After this no further clear cut chances were created. The match was well officiated by Liam Vitoria who played a number of good advantages throughout to keep the game flowing. Furthermore, despite the heavy overnight frost the 3G pitch was in excellent condition.