Under 18s go top with high-scoring win at Chertsey
Kingstonian went to the top of the Isthmian Youth League Central Division after an entertaining and high-scoring 5-2 win over a Chertsey Town team that were better than the scoreline suggests.
The goalscoring fun began in the 8th minute with a fine team goal when Kwesi Ntim seized possession in the centre of the park, forwarded the ball to Alex Body, who squared the ball to Callum Stephens on the edge of the area and he fired the ball home.
The Curfews were on level terms in the 17th minute with a moment that K's goalkeeper Shay Honey will want to forget - a Chertsey free-kick was lifted into the area and looked to have been safely collected by the K's custodian, but the ball slipped from his grasp straight into the path of Finn Haughey, who gratefully tapped the ball into the net.
Kingstonian re-took the lead in the 28th minute with a fine individual effort from Alex Body, as he received the ball just outside the area, teased his defender, darted into the six yard box and slotted the ball home. Both teams looked dangerous for the rest of the half but K's maintained their two-one lead until the break.
An open second half saw the game on a knife edge until K's blew the contest away with three goals in a seven minute spell. In the 67th minute, Alex Body earned himself a clear sight at goal, but his shot was half blocked, it rolled against the far post, where Iker Noguera Leon beat a defender in a dash to reach the rebound and tapped the ball home from close range.
In the 73rd minute, Kwesi Ntim was fouled about 30 yards out, and Iker Noguera Leon shaped as if to shoot at goal, but quickly he squared the ball to Marco Haigh and dashed into the penalty area. Haigh held off a defender and returned the ball to Noguera Leon, who then found Alex Body with a short pass and Body blasted the ball home. Almost straight from the kick-off, the K's scored their fifth goal, and this time Alex Body returned the favour when his back heel took several defenders out of the game and fell nicely into the path of Noguera Leon, who coolly slotted home to double his personal tally.
Chertsey finished the scoring for the night when they won a penalty for a clear trip inside the penalty area in the 78th minute, with George Sudderick beating Shay Honey to goalkeeper's right with a well-taken kick.
Kingstonian's Combined Counties team are in action this coming Wednesday with their first home game as they host Bedfont and Feltham at Molesey FC; the Isthmians return to FA Youth Cup action next Thursday at Raynes Park Vale as Lewes are the visitors for what should be a high quality and hard-fought FA Youth Cup Second Qualifying Round tie.