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OGUNRINDE BRACE SEES BLUES THROUGH

OGUNRINDE BRACE SEES BLUES THROUGH

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Blues back to winning ways


Blues claimed their first win in the Velocity trophy against Waltham Abbey - two well taken goals by Manny Ogunrinde and a first goal in Blues colours from Lewis Clark was enough to down the Abbots who registered a late goal from Ross Dedman. It was an entertaining 90 minutes with an abundance of end to end attacking football played out in front of a sparse crowd .

From the first whistle it was evident both teams were intent on registering their first wins in the competition, throwing caution to the wind and attacking with real intent. Caleb Steel was the first to try his luck with a great run and shot that had power, but lacked accuracy, sailing over the woodwork. Blues quickly replied in the shape of Tim Ogunrinde, utilising his pace to race to the byline cutting the ball back to Michael Pindy whose first time effort was blocked.

Tim Ogunrinde featured again when his shot drifted wide - Abbey replied, Rob Clarke embarking on a mazy run firing wide - not to be outdone Denzil Adebiyi crossed to Pindy who put his header over. It really was end to end football played at pace with chances created at either end. Nathan Fox was finding space out wide on a number of occasions - he sent in a searching low cross which just evaded the onrushing Manny Ogunrinde and Pindy.

Abbey had chances of their own , ex Blue Aaron Gordon featured with some typical runs - Aaron Bushell spotting Danny Sambridge off his line tried an audacious effort from forty yards, but Sambridge recovered well to gather safely.

Blues made the breakthrough on the half hour mark - once again Fox exploited space wide and this time his low cross found Manny Ogunrinde who swept the ball home.

Abbots came back strongly pushing Blues back, but found the defence resolute forcing the visitors to shoot from distance failing to trouble Sambridge
HT 1-0

Abbots changed their custodian at the break when ex Blue Anthony Page replaced Curtis Jackson, Page was to play a part in Blues second goal on 54 minutes. A short corner was played out to Tim Ogunrinde, his first time cross saw Page claim the ball, but dropped from his hands falling invitingly to Lewis Clark who accepted the gift to put Blues further in front.

With both teams compressing play, space was at a premium - Blues looked content to hold what they had, allowing Abbots to probe without success, forced to play across the park playing into Blues hands.

The addition up front of Pindy complemented the pace of the Ogunrinde brothers - it was Pindy racing forward who created an opening for Manny Ogunrinde, who was denied a third goal after his shot was blocked on the line.

Abbey thought they had reduced the deficit when good build up set up Junior Appiah - sending in a fierce drive cannoning off the woodwork.

The miss proved crucial when Blues increased their advantage in the 77th minute. Abbots gave the ball away needlessly - Blues seized the chance when Manny Ogunrinde broke free - drawing Page he coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Abbots pushed forward looking for a consolation goal and were rewarded with a minute left on the clock, when Dedman unchallenged converted from a corner , and then in the dying minutes Sambridge pulled off an acrobatic save to deny the visitors a second goal.

Sambridge, Fox, Adebiyi, McQueen (Martin 66), Bartley, Clark, Ogunrinde M., Muguo, Pindy( Joynes 79), Hahn (Dark 67), Ogunrinde T.

Subs not used: Carlos, Miller

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Match details

Match date

Wed 02, Oct 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

55

Competition

The Velocity Trophy 19-20