13 October 2022

Ravens progress in FA Youth Cup

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Ravens progress in FA Youth Cup

Bromley Under 18s struck five times to knock Maidenhead out and progress to the FA Youth Cup first round proper. 

The visitors had the first chance of the game when the ball broke to Christian Johnson. The forward struck just wide of Cemal Osman’s goal.  

The hosts’ first opportunity came when Callum Corbin curled a free kick towards the top left corner and forced a smart save from William Cornwall. 

Johnson again caused Bromley problems when he got on the end of a cross, but a brilliant block from Bromley captain Frankie Hvid denied him. 

Wonder strike 

On 23 minutes Bromley took the lead. Noah Joyce from 25 yards curled in a free kick left footed into the top right corner. The ball never looked like missing once it left Joyce’s boot despite the best effort from Cornwall in the Maidenhead goal. 

Individual brilliance  

Lateef Udaja doubled the lead soon after. Moments after a solo run, the striker was at it again when he received the ball on the half-way line, nut-megged his opponent and drove towards the box before cutting in on his weaker left foot and curled a brilliant effort into the top left corner. 2-0. Two brilliant goals. 

The scoring wasn’t done there. On the stroke of half-time centre half Sam German glanced in a header. The ravens 3-0 to the good and cruising.  

Lapse in concentration 

A minute into the second half Bromley made it four. Maidenhead gifted Bromley possession when a loose pass across the back line was latched onto by Shakur Beech, who slotted home.  

Lack of threat 

The visitors didn’t threaten the Bromley goal from the opening fifteen minutes, until ten minutes into the second half, when a long ball over the top reached Baily Jeffries who caught the ball on the half volley, but fired straight into the hands of Osman.   

Calmness from the spot 

Twenty minutes from time Bromley got their fifth and final goal when Callum Corbin tucked away a penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way after Udaja’s pace got him in behind and subsequently brought down. 

Five goals, five different goal scorers. A convincing performance from the ravens who weren’t troubled by their opposition.

Written by Dan Bentley

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