Football: Aveley fight back in thrilling draw

Ryman Div One North

Thamesmead Town 3 v 3 Aveley

Report by Jamie Manktelow

Courtesy of http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aveley/

ALTHOUGH we were pretty much on top in the early stages of the match, it was Thamesmead who raced into a 2-0 lead with their first two shots on target in the match. But Aveley fought back well to make it 2-2, and really should’ve been leading after that, but again it was Thamesmead who took the lead.

A dominating second half performance saw the Millers win the second half 1-0 to make it 3-3, but even with good chances it just wasn’t meant to be for all three points.

Thamesmead hit the post early on from what looked to be a cross, but Lamar Johnson had it covered as it came in from the left hand side and hit the outside of the post and out for a goal kick.

Aveley had a corner after good work from Daniel McCullock down the right hand side, but Mead countered. Jack Mahoney crossed to Adrian Stone and he headed it into the far corner to put the hosts ahead. Thamesmead 1-0 Aveley.

A soft free-kick was awarded for Thamesmead about ten minutes after the opener, our players were waiting for the referee to blow his whistle but it never came. Thamesmead took it quickly to the impressive Nanetti who tucked his shot away well. Thamesmead 2-0 Aveley.

The score was unjust on the Millers as it was an even contest in truth with us edging it but the players battled back and were rewarded by getting themselves back on level terms.

An Abs Seymour corner kick found Billy Coyne and he bundled it past Andy Walker between the sticks for Thamesmead and gave the Millers a lifeline straight back into the game. Thamesmead 2-1 Aveley.

Nathaniel Gordon almost pulled us level with a bit of magic. Good work from Abs Seymour found a way to get it into Nathaniel Gordon and he almost snuck in a back heal, but Walker was equal to it.

Emmanuel Ighorae and Jack Edwards were next to come inches of pulling us level. A long throw from Billy Coyne found Jack Edwards but his shovelled shot went just wide of the right hand post. Emmanuel Ighorae then drifted past Thamesmead’s right back and fired an effort whiskers wide of the upright.

But it wasn’t long that the Millers were denied a more than deserved equaliser. Some will call it a fluke, but a genius "shot" from Frankie Sinclair flew straight over Walker’s head and into the top corner to get us level. Thamesmead 2-2 Aveley.

Thamesmead almost re-took the lead straight away. Christian Nanetti countered and was through on goal from one of our corners and he chipped it over Lamar Johnson, but Michael Finneran was on hand to clear it off the line in the nick of time.

The Millers continued to put Thamesmead to the sword but weren’t getting anything back in return. Emmanuel Ighorae saw his shot hit the inside of the post, bounce out as the oncoming defender somehow just saw his clearance over his own crossbar.

But it was the hosts who took the lead going into half time. A cross from the right hand side found Adrian Stone again after Springett laid it off and Stone made sure to bury it into the corner. Thamesmead 3-2 Aveley.

Half Time | Thamesmead 3-2 Aveley

The Millers could’ve been down and felt sorry for themselves after the third for Thamesmead, but the boys battled hard and got an equaliser midway through the half.

Daniel McCullock did really well down the right hand side and his individual goal brought us back level. He beat four players on his mazy run and when many were saying to pass it, he went alone and squeezed in a goal to cap a wonderful bit of individual class. Thamesmead 3-3 Aveley.

Overall we played some great football, Arian Retkoceri, Abs Seymour and Billy Coyne created a chance for the latter but Coyney just couldn’t get the proper connection on the ball to take it past Walker.

The chance of the game came for Millers substitute Sherwin Stanley fifteen minutes from time. Emmanuel Ighorae managed to carve out a cross into the back post to Sherwin Stanley who connected with it three yards out, it hit the inside of the post and somehow Walker managed to claw it towards him to keep it out.

Both sides had quite big claims for penalties late on. The first one was for us, a cross in from Billy Coyne struck the arm of a Thamesmead defender, his arm was out and went towards the ball, was probably a penalty. But Thamesmead had their own shout, Christian Nanetti went to ground from a Frankie Sinclair tackle, it was a heart in mouths moment but that was also not given, so it eventually evened itself out.

The Millers quite unlucky not to get the three points for the third successive season at Bayliss Avenue, but an entertaining game nonetheless, ending Thamesmead 3-3 Aveley.

Full Time | Thamesmead 3-3 Aveley

Attendance | 95

Aveley XI | Lamar Joseph-Johnson, Frankie Sinclair, Billy Coyne, Ajay Ashanike, Michael Finneran, Abs Seymour (C), Arian Retkoceri (Harry Gibbs 85), Jack Edwards, Nathaniel Gordon (Sherwin Stanley 55), Emmanuel Ighorae, Daniel McCullock (Andres Losada-Tobon 75).

Unused Sub | Richard Danquan.

Thamesmead XI | Andy Walker, Nathan Simpson, Steve Springett, Scott Kinch, Joe Vines, Joe Denny, Fraser Walker (Ellis Green 18), Jack Mahoney, Christian Nanetti, Adrian Stone, Jay Porter.

Unused Subs | Giannoulis Fakinos, Luke Coleman, Richard Butler, Tyler McCarthy.

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