A Game of Two Halves
Canterbury Youth Under 16s: 3 – Thanet Colts Youth Under 16s: 2
A topsy-turvy encounter at Bekesbourne ended with a victory for unbeaten Canterbury on Sunday.
The away team started positively, but it was Canterbury who had the first significant chance as Charlie Nicholson was brought down for a penalty after 7 minutes. Unfortunately for Canterbury, Nicholson screwed his shot wide and soon the home team were behind. Defending a free kick, the clearing header was made, but the follow-up didn’t get closed down, and a Thanet player curled a classy finish past Jay Foreman in the Canterbury goal. Things did not get any better for the home side when a defensive mix-up resulted in a headed second.
Thanet was passing things around nicely but for the last 15 minutes of the half Canterbury upped their game and pressed with more conviction and the Thanet keeper was forced to make some saves.
With work to do, the second half was a different story. Canterbury was quickly on the front foot with the midfield of Jonathan McAllister and man of the match Seamus Mohan controlling the tempo.
The duo created some clear chances, and finally, the breakthrough came with half an hour remaining. A classy jinking run by Brandon Wardle followed by a snap-shot reduced the deficit, and when Charlie Nicholson was through he did enough to beat the goalie and recovering defenders to make it 2-2.
Canterbury was buoyant and despite vigorous challenges, kept their composure and discipline to notch the deserved winner. A Nicholson corner was controlled by William Andrews to set up Adam Hogben to jab a sharp shot through the ruck of players into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Canterbury’s defence marshalled by Mahel Koch, Joe Goldbacher and JJ Bennett held on for the last 12 minutes to record a great victory.