MATCH REPORTS SEPTEMBER 2022

Tuesday 13th September - T&MU 0-0 Corinthian
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round

Tooting's interest in the major knockout competitions came to an end on a disappointing evening as Isthmian South-East side Corinthian marked the first competitive meeting between the two sides with triumph on penalty kicks after a goalless draw.

 

In a match postponed for 72 hours by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a downpour and the short notice alteration of the fixture resulted in a crowd of only 83, but those who were inside Imperial Fields did at least see an entertaining game, despite the lack of goals.

 

It was the visitors who burst out of the blocks, and James Shaw had to be alert in the first minute to block a shot on the end of a flowing move. A few minutes later the sighs of relief amongst the home fans were even greater as Daniel Pepple crossed dangerously and Jack Beerling looked certain to score, but blazed his effort over the bar.

 

The Terrors began to get their eye in, and the ever-dangerous Mo Jallow began to look dangerous on the left; he sidestepped two defenders but was chopped down by a third with the referee deeming the free-kick to be punishment enough, and refrained from issuing any kind of card.

 

The free-kick was taken quickly, and released Mo down the left again where his driven cross-shot was deflected behind.

 

Ayman Dahdouh was the next to get away threateningly, and drove into the box where he might have shot for goal, but unselfishly squared the ball allowing a defender to get back and clear.

 

Some more good work by Jallow saw him twist, turn, and burst clear of his marker. He made space for the cross, but over-hit it with players advancing and another half-chance had come to nothing.

 

A promising move by Corinthian looked as if it could be dangerous, but Nikolai Krokhin did well to get a foot in and break up the attack, giving the visitors a corner. This was floated dangerously toward the far post where Ahmed Salim Futa stooped to get his head on the ball but could only guide it wide.

 

Shamal Edwards was beginning to play his way into the game, and he broke down the right, and squared for the advancing Eddy M'Bango whose shot was firm, but keeper Daniel Colmer gathered it at the second attempt.

 

Debutant Kie Douglas was showing up well; the former Crystal Palace junior showed poise and seemed to have a little more time on the ball than most. He was also slipping through a few eye-catching passes, from one of which Jordan Clarke shot wide.

 

Douglas then broke up a Corinthian attack by winning the ball well in the centre-circle, and fed Shamal who advanced down the right flank but his cross was cut out for a corner, from which a melee developed in the six yard box; Eddy retrieved the loose ball and shot for goal but a Corinthian defender superbly headed off the line when it looked a certain goal.

 

The second period began with Baye Ndiaye working the ball nicely with Douglas, Baye crossing for Clarke who fired wide once again.

 

Having been driven back for long periods, Corinthian found a second wind and started to manufacture chances of their own again - from one such move a long cross from the right was headed back across goal and wide.

 

The game became stretched, with both sides forced into shooting from range. James Shaw was untroubled in the home goal, but Mo Jallow on a couple of occasions and Shamal Edwards late on both nearly averted the need for spot kicks with their attempts which went narrowly wide.

 

Penalties it was though, and after the first two were despatched by Harry Sargent and Mo Jallow, Corinthian blinked first as captain James Billings sent his kick sailing over the bar to give the Terrors the advantage. Malachai Cole impressively put his away, as did ex-Terror Andre Fearon for the visitors before Shamal stepped up looking to maintain the advantage. He did - just about, as Colmer got plenty on the ball but couldn't quite keep it out. Sub Festos Kamara netted for Corinthian before Terrors skipper Nathan Daly drove his effort against the bar and it was back to even again - 3-3, with each side missing one.

Ahmed Salim Futa netted via the crossbar, then sub Enoch Ako-Adjei calmly slotted his home. 4-4, and we moved into the dreaded sudden death.

 

Daniel Lopes confidently struck home for Corinthian, as did Nikolai Krokhin for the hosts - five apiece.

 

Oliver Box made it 6-5, then Kynan Kirlew-Wright drove home for six all.

 

Isaiah Daniel converted his effort but just when it looked as if the shootout would run and run, sub Kareem Akinnibi failed with our eighth attempt and Corinthian duly moved into the next round, leaving us to lick our wounds and depart the Trophy for another year.

 

T&MU :  Shaw, Edwards, Jallow, Krokhin, Daly, Kirlew-Wright, Ndiaye, Douglas (Akinnibi 73"), M'Bango, Dahdouh (Cole 53"), Clarke (AKo-Adjei 67"). 

Subs not used : Walters-Wright, Campbell, Moco, Domingo-Carrington.

Attendance : 83

Saturday 17th September - Southall 1-1 T&MU

Honours even was probably a fair reflection of the play on a bright, breezy afternoon at Southall's adopted home of Ashford Town FC.

 

We had the bulk of the possession, and put together some pleasing moves at times, but Southall had the better chances and threatened to nick it on a couple of occasions late on - it was the sort of match we would have almost certainly lost last season.

 

After a cagey opening, the Terrors started to assert themselves - with Anuar Ceesay looking particularly lively in attack. He displayed some nice feet to take the ball to the outskirts of the area, but his crossed square ball was well read by a defender and cleared before Eddy M'Bango could threaten.

 

Jordan Clarke was looking up for it early on; firstly he drove wide from distance, then played a great through ball which bisected the Southall defence, and found Mo Jallow advancing on the right side of the box. He side-stepped his man neatly, and tried to cut the ball back to Baye Ndiaye who was advancing but Ben Tricker read the move and cleared.

 

Just past the quarter-hour, we won a corner which Jordan Clarke floated into the danger zone; centre-half Kynan Kirlew-Wright got a firm header on the ball but couldn't direct it on target and headed over the bar. We were looking much the more threatening at this point.

 

A long ball out of defence was seized upon by Eddy M'Bango; he advanced to the edge of the area where keeper Michael Edegbe had come to meet him. As Eddy tried to flick the ball over him, the keeper instinctively threw up his arms and deflected it away. There was no question he was just outside his area, but the referee gave him a generous benefit of the doubt, indicated the chest was used (dubious!) and waved play on.

 

A similar ball several minutes later set Eddy away again. He used his pace and strength to outpace his marker and - perhaps cautious after his earlier misdemeanour - Edegbe this time stayed on his line. Eddy had a great opportunity but lost his composure, driving the chance over the target.

 

A goal looked imminent - and it was. But when it arrived, it was scored by the hosts. Somewhat against the run of play, they put together a nice passing movement which resulted in a cross driven low across the six yard box where Luke Heneghan drove the ball home. James Shaw got a hand to the ball, but couldn't keep it out.

 

The response was good, despite what must have been a sense of injustice having dominated most of the action, and a chance to get on terms was worked almost immediately from the restart. Anuar played a lovely ball through for Eddy to run on to; he struck firmly and accurately from a difficult angle, Edegbe fumbled the ball but held it at the second attempt.

 

We were on terms in the last minute of the half. A flowing move saw the ball lifted into the box, where Eddy headed it down to Anuar. Harrassed by his marker, Anuar was unable to get it under control but showed good initiative to poke it out towards Pedro Moco, who took it on into the area where he was chopped down. As the travelling fans bayed for a penalty, Jordan Clarke kept the coolest head on the field to seize onto the loose ball and place it calmly past Edegbe for 1-1.

 

HT : Southall 1 T&MU 1

 

Southall tightened up their defence at the start of second period, perhaps mindful of how many chances had been created against them. Whilst this was effective from the point of view of restricting our opportunities, it was detrimental to the flow of what had been an open and entertaining game and as the match progressed, it became more of an attritional scrap which, perhaps, suited the hosts better.

 

Their intentions were clear, as almost every time we threatened to break away - moves which had proved quite fruitful to this point - our attacks were snuffed out by fair means or foul; with the referee seemingly content to deal leniently with some of their more robust tactics, although three home players did end up in his notebook against only one of ours.

 

Eddy was flattened more than once as he tried to advance on to through balls, a nice link up between Anuar Ceesay, Shamal Edwards and Pedro Moco was snuffed out by three defenders converging on Pedro as he attempted to engineer a shooting chance. 

 

We did try to keep our composure, and work chances accordingly; some good work by Shamal Edwards bamboozled his marker, who cut him down but the ball had squeezed out to Eddy and the advantage was justified. Once again, he couldn't get his shot on target though, and drove it wide of goal.

 

We made changes, with Antonio Dembele replacing Eddy and Kie Douglas coming on for Pedro, and it was the former who engineered the next chance, Antonio setting Jordan away down the left, but their sub Frankie Taylor read the danger and cleared into touch.

 

With five minutes left, the hosts best move of the afternoon saw Lenny Farhall put clear. He outpaced the Terrors' covering defenders but with just Shaw to beat, let us off the hook by driving well wide. This gave them confidence and Mo Jallow had to be alert several minutes later to get a crucial foot in and prevent a chance falling to Anthony O'Connor.

 

The game was suddenly opening up again, with the final whistle looming, and Shamal Edwards' driving run into the box was unceremoniously ended by a clumsy (at best) challenge, but having been in a lenient mood all afternoon, it was unlikely the referee was going to change his habits at this late stage.

 

T&MU :  Shaw, Edwards, Jallow, Walters-Wright, Daly, Kirlew-Wright, Ndiaye, Moco (Douglas 79"), M'Bango (Dembele 77"), Dahdouh (Ako-Adjei 85"), Clarke.

Subs not used : Krokhin, Cole

Attendance : 83

Tuesday 20th September - T&MU 0-3 Hanworth Villa

On paper a shocking result, on a miserable night at Imperial Fields, though the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story and perhaps flatters our visitors a little. There was no doubt that Hanworth, coming off a 3-0 win at league leaders Northwood in the FA Trophy, deserved the points but having conceded two early goals, the shellshocked Terrors dug in and attempted to make a fight of it - and with a little more luck would have been on the scoresheet at least.

 

Just six minutes had been played when the aptly named Tom Bender curled in a free-kick to give the visitors the lead, and it looked like a long night ahead when Jonathan Hippolyte's cross-cum shot deceived James Shaw and dropped in at the far post three minutes later.

 

Perhaps the two-goal burst enabled Hanworth to sit back a bit, but we did at least start to get feet in where it mattered and start creating attacks of our own. Eddy M'Bango's run to the touchline saw him cut the ball back to Shamal Edwards but his shot was deflected wide. 

 

From a corner, Cory Walters-Wright headed direct at keeper Terry Buss, when perhaps either side of him might have yielded better results; Mo Jallow shot wide after picking up a long throw from Nikolai Krokhin and driving from distance.

 

Mo switched flanks to the left, and began to cause some confusion in the visiting defence; a run to the byline resulted in a cut back to Enoch Ako-Adjei but his effort under pressure from a defender was skewed wide.

 

Shamal Edwards set Jordan Clarke through, but he slashed his effort wide when he might have had a bit more time to compose himself, and Enoch was again crowded out by two defenders when he tried to get on the end of Shamal's run and low cross.

 

Keeper Buss went down rather easily as we fashioned our next attack; he was still down as Shamal played the ball back into the corridor of uncertainty but as Eddy gathered, the whistle went so treatment could be administered. Buss recovered rather quickly but another chance had been snuffed out.

 

Still half chances came, as the game moved into the second period; a corner was driven in low leading to a melee in the box. As bodies converged, Enoch attempted to poke the ball goalwards but a defender deflected it wide for another corner. Then Eddy broke clear and surged past his marker but was charged with assault just as he was shaping for a shot. Half-hearted appeals for a penalty were heard shortly after as Enoch was bundled over, but I don't think anybody was seriously expecting any favours from Mr. Bolland, the referee.

 

Perhaps the best move of the evening, certainly by the home side, saw Shamal Edwards embark on one of his trademark runs, slalom past a couple of covering defenders and cut in from the right. He played the ball across the edge of the box to Jordan Clarke but his measured effort dropped just wide of the far post.

 

Our last chance to make a game of it saw Mo advance to the byline again, where his cross-shot troubled Buss who punched across his goal. As sub Antonio Dembele moved in at the far post, defender Tom Scott beat him to the loose ball and cleared out for a throw.

 

Our frustrations were compounded four minutes from time when Sam Merson touched home unchallenged to put the seal on a forgettable evening, as discontent arose from some corners of the home support.

 

T&MU :  Shaw, Edwards, Jallow, Walters-Wright, Daly, Krokhin, Douglas, Ndiaye (Dahdouh 73"), M'Bango (Ceesay 59"), Ako-Adjei (Dembele 55"), Clarke.

Subs not used : Kirlew-Wright, Bambory.

Attendance : 154

All reports by Ed Parlett