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U18 Ryman Youth League - Thursday 21st August 2008

Dennis North - 22nd August 2008

of a reality check for this particular group of Academy boys as in their
first competitive game they came up against a very physical and determined AFC
Wimbledon side.

went 1-0 up after just 3 minutes with the Woking centre backs caught square and
flat footed, in fact AFC could easily have been 3-0 up before the Woking lads
realised the game had started.

the second quarter Woking got more into the game as Anson Cousins went
close and Dan Thorogood brought a good save out of the AFC keeper.

Half time: AFC Wimbledon 1 Woking

started slowly again in the second half as an AFC shot crashed off the Woking
crossbar, Woking substitutions ensued with Ollie Palmer coming on for Dan
Thorogood and Lewis Parish for Danilo Cadete.

were still in the ascendancy and with 21 minutes of the second period gone
further uncertainty in the Woking area gifted AFC their second goal.

Woking began to play with some purpose and just two minutes later a swift
interchange of passes involving four or five players led to Lewis Parish
delivering a fabulous cross from wide left, Ollie Palmer made a clever run into
the box to place an unstoppable header into the roof of the net.

AFC 2 Woking 1

It was non-stop
action now as AFC won a free kick on the Woking box, it was not a great strike
but somehow a relatively soft shot found its way through the Woking wall and
into the net.

AFC 3 Woking 1

minutes later and Alex Lumley went on a mesmerising run into the AFC box, he
passed the ball square to Lewis parish whose cross seem to rebound
off a number of players back into Lumley's path and he prodded the ball

AFC 3 Woking 2

With 28 minutes
- Elliott Firth came on for Michael Carey.

Woking pressed for an equaliser, Anson Cousins should have scored with a header
whilst Ollie Palmershot just over the crossbar, but it was AFC who took
advantage of the now open game to score their fourth with some 10 minutes

AFC 4 Woking 2

did not give up and in the final minutes Anson Cousins forced the AFC keeper
into making an outstanding save as the ball headed for the top right hand

Full time: AFC Wimbledon 4 Woking 2

AFC looked the sharper of the two sides for most of this gamethe Woking
lads will be disappointed both in the manner that they conceded the goals and
the opportunities squandered.

Although there
were individual flashes of promising play from most of the Woking
players there was one whose performance over the 90 minutes stood out from
the rest.

For his
gutsy and high quality performance the Man of the match Award goes to:

MOM: Anson Cousins

Squad: Patrick Kinsella,Robbie
Drewitt, Conor Geoghegan, Gavin Miller, Alex Lumley, Danilo Cadete, Michael
Boateng, Charlie Turnball, Anson Cousins, Michael Carey, Dan Thorogood.

Subs used:Lewis Parish, Ollie
Palmer, Elliott Firth.

Subs not used:
Chris Richards

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