- Type of Match: League
- Venue: Griffin Sports Club, SE21
- Squad – Gabriel Baptiste-Halliday, Ravohn Bannister, Wani Beya, Ephraim, Bissamou, James Des Voeux (Captain), Tom Gordon, Godwin Igberaese, Talib Lebby, Ruban Pradhan, Rhys Read-Beche, Djibril Sangare, Boris Shippey, Dakara Wifa
- Result: 1-2
- Scorers: Ravohn
- Man of the Match – Boris & Djibril
Match Report: Clapham Rangers Colts U12 v Lambeth Tigers U12
Colts’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end on a freezing morning in Dulwich with Lambeth emerging victorious by the odd goal in three.
In contrast to the Cup epic in November, this was a much more even contest in terms of possession, territory and chances. The sides worked hard to get their wide players into space and the stand-out performances from both sides came from some skilful and committed defenders who kept chances down to a minimum.
Clapham had the ball in the net after a good passing move involving Djibril and Dakara which released Godwin into space to finish but he was judged to be offside. Soon after, Lambeth broke from the right to force a save from Gabriel and the follow-up was crashed onto the underside of the bar with Anton’s goal-line detection system proving the ball didn’t cross the line completely.
After 20 minutes, Lambeth managed to get a shot away from a foot race through the middle and, although Gabriel saved onto the post, the striker was able to follow up to make is 1-0. Clapham dug in to press Tigers back and at the end of the half, from a throw on the right, Godwin laid the ball back to Djibril to float a perfect right-footed cross onto Ravohn’s head at the far post which was dispatched for the goal of the game.
The underside of the same bar came to Lambeth’s rescue after the restart when Godwin managed to shake of his marker to send Taleb clean through and when he was bundled over inside the box Rhys thumped the penalty an inch too high. The Tigers almost took immediate advantage by sending their centre forward through but an advancing Gabriel saved bravely at his feet. The next ten minutes saw Lambeth dominate in the middle and after a couple of half-chances they crossed from the left, finding their striker in space on the penalty spot who jabbed past Gabriel for what was to be the winning goal.
The final ten minutes saw the game open up slightly with both sides getting shots away – Wani and James for Clapham – and a series of Ruban’s long throws threatened to cause problems but the Tigers’ defence held firm.
Next up are Broomwood at home with the Colts looking to get back to winning ways.
Final score 1-2.
Coach Luke’s Man of the Match – Boris & Djibril