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Dennis North - 6th February 2007

5th February 2007
U19?s Football Conference Youth Cup 2nd Round

Never an easy place to visit but the u19?s showed real character to bounce back from their lacklustre performance last week to earn a convincing and comprehensive victory in this hastily arranged League Cup fixture.

Such was the dominance of this revitalised Woking side that they managed to create a hatful of goal scoring opportunities in the first period. In fact it took only four minutes for Nuno Gourgel to be put through on goal, his attempted lob was parried by the keeper, Ross White was quickest to react as he planted the ball into the bottom right hand corner with the outside of his right foot.

Grays 0 Woking 1

A creative but ultimately frustrating period ensued as Woking engineered wave after wave of attacks without managing to increase their lead. It was not until the forty-second minute that Scott Murphy latched on to a ball some 20 yards out and fired a quality shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Grays net.

Grays 0 Woking 2

Grays had not really regained their composure when, from the restart, the ball found Billy Hussey just inside the 18 yard box with two players between himself and the Grays goal. Billy twisted and turned his first marker and lifted the ball over the second, catching the ball on the drop he smashed a ferocious volley high into the Grays net.

Even some of the Grays bench rose to applaud the goal, which is another quality contender for goal of the season.

Half Time: Grays 0 Woking 3

Due to fixture congestion the winners of this game were due to play again on Wednesday of this week so Graham Baker chose to ring the changes at half time to keep fresh legs available with Delano Sam-Yorke and Jide Ogunbote coming on for Ross White and David Suchy.

The game settled somewhat as Woking eased off the pace but they were still creating chances going forward however on twenty eight minutes Kevin Maclaren uncharacteristically allowed a high ball to drop and catch his arm inside the Woking box, the referee decided a penalty was in order which was duly despatched.

Grays1 Woking 3

Grays raised their game and the next goal would be critical. Graham Baker sensed the danger and brought on Steve Casey for Nuno Gourgel, pushing Delano Sam-Yorke and the ever-influential David Shin up front.

On thirty seven minutes the changes were to bear fruit as Dan Evans supplied a ball to Steve Casey wide left, Steve drifted past his full back and drilled the ball low across the box to the predator Delano Sam-Yorke at the far post. Delano?s first time finish found the corner of the Grays net.

Grays 1 Woking 4

Again Grays seemed tardy in collecting themselves as almost from the restart a subtle hooked pass from David Shin put Delano Sam-Yorke in on goal again and Delano was not to disappoint.

Grays 1 Woking 5

A consolation headed goal for Grays a minute from time was not going to affect the outcome.

Full time: Grays 2 Woking 5

A convincing display puts the u19?s into the next round of the League Cup at home to Arlesey. This is being played at Horsley FC this Wednesday KO 2.00pm.

Some quality performances all over the park but David Shin and Billy Hussey get the joint nod for man of the match.

MOTM: David Shin and Billy Hussey.

Squad: Ross Worner, Dan Evans, Kevin Maclaren, Carlos Talbot, David Suchy, David Shin, Scott Murphy, Matthew Powell, Billy Hussey, Nuno Gourgel, Ross White.

Subs used: Dalano Sam-Yorke, Jide Ogunbote, Steve Casey.
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