K's Academy begin with win over Casuals
The K’s Academy made a wonderful start to their new league campaign with a fine victory against Corinthian Casuals.
The K’s took a sixth minute lead through Joao Augusto, who crashed home a shot past away keeper, Henry Dobson.
The K’s almost added a second goal in the 30th minute. Taylor Green and Lucas Pina combined well to set up Billy Simmons, but the striker was denied by Dobson who pushed away his goal bound effort.
The Casuals had a good opportunity to draw level when they were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute. Fortunately for the K’s, Ali Alkhozali struck his penalty against the post.
The K’s doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Gabriel Martinez-Franco headed home Owen Coleman’s free kick.
Half time: 2-0
The K’s started the second half strongly. Joao Augusto, Jack Bradley, Billy Simmons and Owen Coleman all had chances in the opening ten minutes of the second half.
The K’s were finally rewarded with a third goal in the 58th minute. Sotiris Margaritis linked up well with Billy Simmons, who played the ball to an unmarked Joao Augusto, whose angled shot beat Dobson.
The K’s scored a fourth goal in the 62nd minute through Gabriel Martinez-Franco who headed home an Owen Coleman free kick.
The K’s scored their fifth of the afternoon courtesy of another excellent Owen Coleman free kick which was touched home by Billy Simmons in the 65th minute.
The K’s were denied a clean sheet when Josh Greig scored a fine consolation goal for the Casuals in the 76th minute.
Kingstonian: James Pulfer, Jay Bush, Owen Coleman, Gabriel Martinez Franco, Jack Bradley, Harry Mostyn-Privett (Capt.), Joao Augusto, Sotiris Margaritis, Billy Simmons, Lucas Pina, Taylor Green.
Subs: Zak Orton (for Bush, 90 mins), William Smith (for Mostyn-Privett, 90 mins), Telmo Santos (for Simmons, 73 mins), Ivan Pascale (for Bradley, 68 mins), Dennis Rossi.
Goals: Joao Augusto (6 mins, 1-0), Gabriel Martinez Franco (38 mins, 2-0), Joao Augusto (58 mins, 3-0), Gabriel Martinez Franco (62 mins, 4-0), Billy Simmons (68 mins, 5-0), Josh Greig (76 mins, 5-1).
Man of the Match: Gabriel Martinez Franco.
Report by: Peter Hazell.