K's Academy defeated by Fulham
The Kingstonian Academy were left totally frustrated in this defeat that saw Fulham (Coulsdon) record their first win of the season..
The K’s started the game well and the opening minutes saw Taylor Green have a shot blocked and Thomas Hourigan have a shot saved by Kevin Mesa.
The K’s had a scare in the 9th minute from a Fulham breakaway. The pacey Keron Power-Daley broke clear and fired a shot which hit the outside of the post. This warning wasn’t heeded by the K’s, when in the 19th minute, Power-Daley latched on to a long ball before drilling a low shot past Reice Hinds to give his side the lead.
The K’s then controlled the remainder of the half. In the 23rd minute, Nash Doukoure set up a chance for Rmarni Blankson, whose shot was palmed away by Mesa for a corner. From the resulting corner, Taylor Green found Thomas Hourigan who shot narrowly wide.
Hourigan went close again in the 33rd minute but his rasping shot was well saved by Mesa. Shortly before half time, Keshone Beech-Williams ventured forward on a good run, but he failed to hit the target with his shot.
Half time: 1-0
The second half continued in much the same fashion as at the end of the first, with K’s attacking and Fulham happy to sit back and protect their single goal lead.
Taylor Green was unlucky in the 59th minute to not give the K’s an equaliser. He cut in from the left wing before unleashing a dipping 30-yard drive which shook the bar.
The K’s were unlucky again in the 65th minute when a good effort from Jay Kimoto also struck the bar.
As the half progressed, the K’s started to become frustrated at being unable to break down the resolute Fulham defence. They started to lose their shape as they tried to force the play. In doing so they became increasingly vulnerable to the counter attack. It was no surprise therefore, that Fulham’s second goal should come from a counter attack.
With the game in stoppage time, and the K’s pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Fulham caught them wide open, with Joel Oddoye taking advantage to score the goal which sealed their victory.
Kingstonian: Reice Hinds, Glodi Kayindo, Nash Doukoure, Harry Mostyn-Privett, Keshone Beech-Williams, Billy Simmonds, Thomas Hourigan (Capt.), Jay Kimoto, Rmarni Blankson, Josh Johnson, Taylor Green.
Subs: Eugene Hogan-Morgan (for Mostyn-Privett, 70 mins), Bruno Morais (for Johnson, 61 mins), Jeffrey Minter (for Hourigan, 67 mins), Earl Coelho De Carvalho (for Simmonds, 57 mins).
Goals: Keron Power-Daley (19 mins, 1-0), Joel Oddoye (90 mins, 2-0).
Man of the Match: Taylor Green.
Report by: Peter Hazell.