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U21's - Match centre

AFC Croydon Athletic
Sutton Common Rovers
Full time
A Carney (18'), G Baker (29')
Thu 21 Sep 19:45 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - John Bennett Under-21 Development Division

21's draw first competitive fixture

The 21's picked up a hard fought point in their first competitive game of the season away at AFC Croydon Athletic, but will rue a late goal that robbed them of the win.

After an even start the 21's burst into life and took the lead on 18 minutes, when Alfie Carney capitalised on a mistake by the AFC Croydon Athletic keeper to fire us ahead.

We continued to hold the upper hand, with the midfield of Sam Brown, Jayden Coleman and Mason Seagroatt getting much the better of their Croydon counterparts, and it really came as no surprise when we increased our lead on 29 minutes. This time, the prolific George Baker producing a smart turn and finish.

We maintained our control throughout the first half, and although skipper Ollie Ellaway had to make a very good save to preserve our advantage, and our opponents were starting to argue amongst themselves.

Tyler Chambers made a change at the break, introducing the livewire Reece Payton for the equally dynamic Alfie Carney, as we looked for the third goal that would go a long way to securing the win.

Our opponents though came out with a much more determined and fired up attitude, and reduced the arrears on 51 minutes. A good run by their forward led to a good save by Ellaway, but Croydon reacted quickest, and slotted for 2-1.

AFC Croydon Athletic saw a man into the book for throwing the ball away, and a couple more followed in quick succession, one for them, and substitute Finlay Carney, on for Brown for us, as the game started to become more fractious.

AFC Croydon were now dominating the proceedings, and we were struggling to match their physicality. With ten minutes remaining Chambers made his final change replacing Baker with Sam Edwards.

The hosts levelled things up with three minutes remaining, when again Ellaway made a decent save and with us at sixes and sevens the ball was poked home.

We almost snatched the win in the dying seconds, when the AFC keeper was dismissed for swearing, but the free kick by Liam Holden was off target and the points shared.

Key moments

18:00
Goal Alfie Carney scores for Sutton Common Rovers
29:00
Goal George Baker scores for Sutton Common Rovers

Highlights

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80:00 Sub Off
George Baker is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
80:00 Sub On
sam harding is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
60:00 Yellow Card
Finlay Carney is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
56:00 Sub On
Finlay Carney is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
56:00 Sub Off
Sam Brown is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
46:00 Sub On
Reece Payton is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
46:00 Sub Off
Alfie Carney is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 0 - 2
George Baker scores for Sutton Common Rovers
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alfie Carney scores for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • AFC Croydon Athletic
  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • 0
  • Alfie Carney Goal 18:00'
  • George Baker Goal 29:00'
  • Reece Payton Sub On 46:00'
  • Alfie Carney Sub Off 46:00'
  • Finlay Carney Sub On 56:00'
  • Sam Brown Sub Off 56:00'
  • Finlay Carney Yellow Card 60:00'
  • sam harding Sub On 80:00'
  • George Baker Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

Ellaway, Ollie Ellaway, Ollie
Mallah, Ali Mallah, Ali
McCabe, Ben McCabe, Ben
Davies, Owen Davies, Owen
Mallah, Mohammed Mallah, Mohammed
Carney, Alfie Carney, Alfie
Seagroatt, Mason Seagroatt, Mason
Holden, Liam Holden, Liam
Brown, Sam Brown, Sam
 Coleman, Jayden Coleman, Jayden
Baker, George Baker, George

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. CB Hounslow United 7 13
2. Bagshot 6 11
3. Sutton Common Rovers 5 8
4. AFC Croydon Athletic 6 5
5. Chessington & Hook United 6 4
6. Hanworth Villa 0 0

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