Monday, July 22, 2024

Football: It is all in the head as Grays get back on track

By Chris Jones

Ryman Div One North

Grays Ath 2 v 1 Ilford

Second half headers from Ryan Kirby and Junior Baker gave Blues a hard-fought three points against a resilient Ilford side.

Hsama Hamdan gave the visitors the lead just after half an hour as he drilled the ball past George Kamurasi. The chance came from a long free kick which wasn’t dealt with by Junior Baker and Ryan Kirby, and it allowed the lively Ilford striker a free run on goal. Blues were claiming for a foul on Baker, but with nothing given, Kenny Beaney then received a caution for dissent.

Jack West had Blues’ best chance of a poor first half, but his powerful effort was well saved by Daniel Mbaku.

Blues were on the attack from the restart, and Kirby scored his first goal for the club just two minutes into half, heading in from Joao Carlos’ in swinging corner.

Luke Marshall had a shot cleared off the line before he was replaced by Jared Small, with the home side changing into a 4-3-3 formation.

Blues took the lead twenty minutes from time, as Baker headed in from another corner. Ilford’s Hamdan twice went close, with his second shot forcing a fine save from Kamurasi.

Blues are back in action on Saturday as Thamesmead Town visit Rush Green.

Grays Athletic: – George Kamurasi, Craig Pope, Ryan Kirby , Junior Baker, Danny Bunce, Luke Marshall (Jared Small 63), Leon Lalite, Kenny Beaney, Joao Carlos, Jack West, Joe Sweeney.

Subs not used: – Lee Flynn, David East, Jake Hall, George Smith.


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