12:00am, Thu 28th Aug 2008
U18 Ryman Youth League
Thursday 21st August 2008
Somewhat 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.
AFC 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.
In the second quarterWoking 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 0
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.
AFC 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.
Suddenly, 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 toplace an unstoppable header into the roof of the net.
AFC Wimbledon 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 Wimbledon 3 Woking 1
Two minutes later and Alex Lumley went on a mesmerising run into the AFC box. He passed the ball square to Lewis Parish,whosecross seemed to rebound off a number of players back intoLumley's path and he prodded the ball home.
AFC Wimbledon 3 Woking 2
With 28 minutes gone in this half, Elliott Firth came on for Michael Carey.
Thereafter 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 remaining.
AFC Wimbledon 4 Woking 2
Woking 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 corner.
Full-time: AFC Wimbledon 4 Woking 2
Although AFC looked the sharper of the two sides for most of this game,the 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 frommost ofthe Woking players. there was one whose performance over the 90 minutesstood 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.
Sub not used: Chris Richards.
23rd August 2008
A brace of goals from Ollie Palmer, together with one each from Sean Bradley and Hugo Sikuade, helped the Youth Academy notch up another pre-season victory against a top Academy side.