- Under 21's PDS
9 December 2023
On Wednesday the Blues faced the tough task of a second game in three days with fourteen of the squad playing in the FA Youth Cup tie on Monday night.
The Blues broke forward in the first minute through Matt Bennett’s run and pass but then found themselves on the back foot for the majority of the half as a determined and bright Hastings side pressed. The warning signs were there when they fired over after just 2 minutes. Just 3 minutes later it was 1-0 when a rocket of a free kick from distance rattled the Bromley post and the Hastings player was quickest to react to the rebound. On 7 minutes Bennett’s through ball was tucked home by Shamal Edwards only for the assistant referee to judge it offside. On 15 minutes Kelvin Ogboe’s run and cross was turned onto their own post by the Hastings defender but 3 minutes later up the other end a deep cross found a forward who got between 2 Bromley defenders to head Hastings 2-0 up.
Bromley gave themselves a lifeline before the break when a corner routine caused panic in the Hastings box and Daniel Ajakayie slammed the ball home. Bromley did better in the second half to nullify the effect that Hastings two key players were having on the game. The game became more balance and cosily fought. Substitute Joel Vian’s run and shot spilled by the keeper on the hour but still Bromley were a goal apart. A couple of further substitutions and a reshuffle for the final 20 minutes saw Bromley finally get on top as they showed some real grit and determination to finally turn the game around. On 82 minutes a short corner caught Hastings napping and Vian got inside to shoot with his left, the shot was parried but 1st year scholar Victor Naranjo punched to score from a tight angle to get his first goal at the academy and pull Bromley level. Bromley then had the bit between their teeth and Ajakayie hit the bar with a 30 yard free kick on 87 minutes. Then with the last play of the game Sam Nicholson-Scott played a neat one-two with Vian before finding Ajakayie who steamed in on goal and done superbly to stay on his feet and finish under pressure. Tough on Hastings who played really well as the Blues celebrated the competition of their comeback from two down to snatch a 3-2 win.
Man of the Match: Daniel Ajakayie
Goals: Daniel Ajakayie (2), Victor Naranjo
Bromley: A.Sappleton, D.Barnett, R.Mitchell (Y.Mohammed), E.Frederick, M.Stanic-Stewart, O.Kotting-McMillan, K.Ogboe (N.Williams), V.Naranjo, S.Edwards (J.Vian), D.Ajakayie, M. Bennett (S.Nicholson-Scott)
Subs: All used