Essex boys edged out by Kent rivals
PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 November 2016
Kent 3 Essex 2
Essex Under-16s were narrowly defeated in their second South East Counties Championship fixture of the season, despite a second-half rally at Corinthian FC’s Gay Dawn Farm.
The visitors trailed 3-0 just three minutes into the second half, but it had been somewhat harsh on them as they had enjoyed good spells during the first half.
A fine header from Ilford’s Peter Oyetunji and a penalty from Hornchurch’s Charlie Munns pulled them right back into the contest, but a leveller could not be found and Matt Double’s side fell to a second close defeat following the 1-0 reverse to Middlesex 11 days earlier.
The contest was played at a hectic pace and it took 14 minutes for the first real opportunity to arrive as Essex’s Dantai Demontagnac - a danger throughout - cut in from the right flank but found the gloves of Kent goalkeeper Cameron Murray with his low effort.
The next opening saw the hosts take the lead on 16 minutes as Josh Stirman’s free kick was headed in by Louis Collins at the far post.
Looking to carve out a quick equaliser, Essex’s Munns played the ball out wide to JJ De Souza Quissua which led to a flashed attempt across the face of goal while, at the other end, a corner by Stirman saw Charlie Deinenger’s looping strike tipped on to the crossbar by visiting goalkeeper Hudson, prior to being scrambled to safety.
Excellent perseverance by Essex’s Demontagnac took the winger past three defenders before being halted by a fine sliding block, however, the hosts made it 2-0 on 32 minutes when the ball found its way to Stirman, who arrowed a low shot into the far corner from 20 yards.
Demontagnac then saw his low, long-range effort saved by Murray, before smashing the rebound against the foot of the near post.
In the final action of the half, Kent’s Joe Sharp turned and fired inches over the top, but the home side made it 3-0 just three minutes into the second period as Stirman’s low, deflected free kick from just outside the penalty area found the bottom corner.
Essex pulled their first goal back on 56 minutes when an excellent cross by Denzel Adebiyi saw Oyetunji firmly head in.
Another Oyetinji header from a deep cross was held by Kent custodian Murray, before Essex grabbed a second on 67 minutes when Demontagnac was brought down by Murray and Munns confidently converted from the spot.
Essex pressed forward for the equaliser, but were almost caught out on the break and Hudson was required to make a fine block from Stirman and made another stop in added time as he pushed away Stirman’s curling free kick.
The saves kept Essex in the game, but time ran out as Kent chalked up their second 3-2 win of the South East Counties campaign.
Essex: Josh Hudson (Wickford Town), Denzel Adebiyi (Grays), Taylor Turner (Great Wakering Rovers), George Ishmail (Essex Schools), Santana Porter (Thurrock), Sidney Jethva (Potters Bar), Dantai Demontagnac (Essex Schools), Charlie Munns (Hornchurch), Samir Ali (Ryan), Furo Gogo-Ibama (Grays), JJ De Souza Quissua (East Thurrock United). Substitutes (repeated): Emmanuel Omolegan (Essex Schools), Peter Oyentunji (Ilford), Ramzi Mahmoudi (East Thurrock United), Temi Babalola (Shield Academy).
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.