Sunday, December 10, 2023

Football: Impressive Aveley blow away Romford

Ryman Div One North

Aveley 3 v 0 Romford

Report courtesy of Aveley FC

THE Millers got back to winning ways after defeats to Phoenix Sports and AFC Hornchurch, but with a quality performance on Saturday afternoon, we managed to get the three points and a clean sheet at Mill Field.

Making their debuts for the club were; striker, Nathaniel Gordon and goalkeeper, Lamar Joseph-Johnson. and League debut was defender, Michael Finneran after appearing in his first Aveley game against AFC Hornchurch in the FA Cup.

Romford were the team who probably started on top, but despite 6 corners inside the opening ten minutes, it felt comfortable with Millers defending well from those set pieces.

It didn’t take long for the opening goal, coming on fifteen minutes. A superb corner in from Billy Coyne was met with a thunderous header from Michael Finneran. Aveley 1-0 Romford.

Aveley then started to crank up the pressure as Justin Gardner’s side looked to widen the advantage. A good run from Emmanuel Ighorae saw him force himself into the box but Romford just about managed to scramble his dangerous cross away.

Billy Coyne put in another dangerous corner into the box, it reached Emmanuel Ighorae at the back post but his shot was blocked by ex-Miller, Paul Preston.

Aveley had another glorious chance a few moments after as Nathaniel Gordon put Billy Coyne through on the far side at Mill Field, but he was denied once by Chafer and the other by another ex-Miller in Jamie Dicks.

The game had plenty of over "exuberant" tackles, and Romford’s Chris Taylor was slightly fortunate to receive only a yellow card after a dangerous tackle on Jack Edwards. Millers debutante goalkeeper Lemar Johnson was also awarded a yellow card for "getting involved" after the foul on Jack Edwards.

Half Time | Aveley 1-0 Romford.

One of the quickest goals at Mill Field was then scored to make it a much more comfortable second half for the Aveley faithful. Emmanuel Ighorae was set through one on one with Callum Chafer and he calmly finished past the keeper. Aveley 2-0 Romford.

It could’ve been a third and fourth for the Millers minutes after our second. But Abs Seymour was denied from close range from Chafer, and on the rebound Arian Retkoceri was unlucky not to header into the back of the net, but on this occasion it looped over the crossbar.

Chafer was at it again on the 55th minute, Emmanuel Ighorae broke the offside trap after a good pass from Arian Retkoceri but the shot from Ighorae was saved by the feet of the Romford shot stopper.

Romford themselves had a few chances, but it was going to take something special to beat a real hard-working defensive display from Aveley. And Adebayo of Romford almost got that special something, striking from 25 yards his shot cracked onto the bar.

Soon after that little scare, the Millers ended the contest after Emmanuel Ighorae crossed into the back post and captain Abs Seymour nodded in from close range. Aveley 3-0 Romford.

It was almost another late on for the Millers, Olumide Oluwatimilehin received the ball from the corner in the eighteen yard box and he fired a shot towards goal but it was just about scrambled away by Boswell.

But 3-0 was how it finished for Aveley, able to now put the two defeats behind with a really hard-working 3-0 win and clean sheet over Romford.

Full Time | Aveley 3-0 Romford

Attendance | 88

Aveley XI | Lamar Joseph-Johnson, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Arian Retkoceri (Daniel McCullock 81), Billy Coyne, Perry Dunn, Michael Finneran, Jack Edwards, Abs Seymour, Nathaniel Gordon, Emmanuel Ighorae (Sherwin Stanley 77), Jordan Peart (Frankie Sinclair 73).

Unused Subs | Andres Felipe Losada-Tobon, Richie Danquah.

Romford XI | Callum Chafer, Ryan Boswell, Paul Preston, Tom Potter, Matt Toms, Danny Cossington (Matthew Mitchell 65), Ryan Mallet (Will Green 65), Jamie Dicks, Chinedu McKenzie, Chris Taylor, Jonathon Adebayo.

Unused Subs | Nick Reynolds, Ashley Bankole, Stephen Reynolds.


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