K's Academy lose to Ambers after great fightback
K's Academy went out of the League Cup to Sutton United Ambers after fighting back to score three goals in the last five minutes.
Although Sutton enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages, they did little to trouble K’s keeper, Ronaldo Cardoso. The closest they came was when Vlas Edwards headed narrowly wide at the far post.
The K’s were hopeful of a penalty in the 32nd minute when Taylor Green burst into the penalty area and went down following a collision with the Sutton keeper, Justice Owusu. The referee adjudged the incident to not be a penalty, whilst Green was forced off injured following this clash.
Having defended well for the majority of the half, it was disappointing for the K’s to concede two penalties in quick succession.
The first came in the 38th minute when Andrew Appiah-Anderson went down under a challenge from Bruno Morais. Glen Malyon dispatched the spot kick past Cardoso.
Three minutes later, Telmo Santos brought down Carlton Chukwu, and Ayodeji Adesida- Akinosun scored from the resultant penalty.
There was action at both ends on the stroke of half time. K’s left back, Telmo Santos made an excellent goal line clearance to deny Appiah-Anderson, whilst Bruno Morais had a chance to reduce the arrears but he blazed his shot wide.
Half time: 2-0
Sutton increased their lead in the 68th minute when Glen Malyon sent a high ball into the K’s penalty area and Adesida-Akinoson was the first to react when he glanced a header past Cardoso.
Undeterred, the K’s fought hard to get back into the game. Joao Augusto and Bruno Morais both forced saves from Owusu. Lucas Pina then went on a fine dribbling run, before setting up Johnson, who was denied by the increasingly busy Owusu.
Despite this pressure, the K’s found themselves further behind in the 82nd minute, when Adesida-Akinoson completed his hat-trick when he hit a low strike past Cardoso.
When Jeffrey Minter drilled a low shot from the edge of the box past Owusu in the 86th minute, it seemed the K’s had got a consolation goal that their play had deserved.
However, the K’s were far from finished, and in the 88th minute, Reice Hinds delivered a perfect cross on to the head of Bruno Morais, who made no mistake to give the K’s a second goal.
Sutton were now rocking as the K’s pressed forward. Reice Hinds went on a great driving run into the box but was unable to found a finish to match, whilst Gio Bent fired over the bar when well placed.
In stoppage time, Josh Johnson volleyed a fine third goal for the K’s following a corner.
Unfortunately, the referee blew the final whistle shortly after the K’s third goal, much to the relief of the Sutton contingent. The K’s were left to ponder what might have been, if the match could have continued for a further five minutes.
The K’s showed great spirit to keep going to the final whistle, which hopefully will hold them in good stead if they can build on this display in the coming weeks.
Kingstonian: Ronaldo Cardoso, Jay Bush, Telmo Santos, Jack Bradley, Billy Simmonds, William Smith, Taylor Green, Reice Hinds, Josh Johnson, Thomas Hourigan (Capt.), Lucas Pina.
Subs: Joao Augusto (for Hourigan, 69 mins), Bruno Morais (for Green, 35 mins), Jeffrey Minter (for Smith 46 mins), Giovanni Bent (for Bradley, 77 mins).
Goals: Glen Malyon (Penalty, 35 mins, 1-0), Ayodeji Adesida-Akinosun (Penalty, 41 mins, 2-0), Ayodeji Adesida-Akinosun (68 mins, 3-0), Ayodeji Adesida-Akinosun (82 mins, 4-0), Jeffrey Minter (86 mins, 4-1), Bruno Morais (88 mins, 4-2), Josh Johnson (90 mins, 4-3).
Man of the Match: Billy Simmonds.
Report by: Peter Hazell.