Sheerwater FC U23s

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Mike Bidmead Suburban League Challenge Cup

Jersey Bulls U23s

Tuesday April 12, 2022, 7:30 pm

Eastwood Centre

Mike Bidmead Suburban League Challenge Cup

Match Report

The Bulls were drawn at home for this semi-final but Sheerwater exercised their right not to travel. Unfortunately, the date set clashed with the re-arranged first team game at Springfield against Frimley Green. This meant that the Under 23s had to do without Joe Kilshaw, Jake Prince, Sammy Sutcliffe, Ben Le Rougetel and Olly Rivers as well as the injured Sol Solomon, for this important match.

The opposition were a robust “streetwise” team that tried to steamroller their younger visitors but Jersey showed grit and determination to resist being overpowered.

Rai Dos Santos made a good early run but scuffed his shot at the end of it and Jack Lumsden headed a corner over as Jersey squandered numerous chances.

They eventually scored the only goal of the game through Darryl Mvalo midway through the first half. Max Rivers and Dos Santos combined well down the right to set up Mvalo from ten yards out to shoot into the roof of the net.

Sheerwater came back strongly in the second half with their own Dos Santos, Bruno, and Darius Sulnis both coming forward from midfield. Mvalo missed three more good chances to seal the match which led to a “competitive” ending.

A total of eight cautions were issued with Sheerwater substitute Rory Lewis receiving two of them which reduced his team to ten just before the end. Nevertheless, Sulnis hit the Jersey woodwork in added time with a free kick which almost took the tie to “penalties”.

Jersey survived and will now face Aldershot Town U19s in the final at Slough Town.
Sheerwater Reserves 0, Jersey Bulls U23s 1 (Darryl Mvalo 23)

Attendance – 105

Programme – none

Jersey Bulls – Robbie Scott, John “J.J.” Lloyd, Josh Coutanche, Robert Martins-Figueira, Jack Lumsden, Harry Curtis, Rai Dos Santos, Toby Ritzema (c), Darryl Mvalo, Max Rivers, James Carr
Substitutes – Patrick O’Toole (for Ritzema 80), Kushal Frankson (for Carr 75), Leandro Vieira not used, only three substitutes

Black & White halves/Black/Black; GK Green

Paul Renton (Manager), Jay Giles (Assistant), John Lloyd senior (Physio.)

Sheerwater Reserves – Jamie Clarke, Carl Richards, Max Norris, Dan Callan, Lewis Goodfellow, Dan Lewis (c), Darius Sulnis, Bruno Dos Santos, Brad Roberts, Chris Machay, Jacob Bellmaine
Substitutes – (usage not known) Brian Simbana, Rayjon Moore, Alexander Popov, Tevel Nicholson, Keanu Mansour, Alex Moppett, Rory Lewis

All Royal Blue; GK Black & Yellow

Ben Searle (Manager), Teagan Christie (Physio.)

Referee – Ian Kitchen (Woking)

Assistants – David Osborn (Farnham) and Scott Simpson (not known)

Cautions – (timings not known) Max Norris (S), Rory Lewis (S), Rory Lewis (S) second caution and dismissed, Josh Coutanche (JB), Robert Martins-Figueira (JB), Harry Curtis (JB), Darryl Mvalo (JB), Max Rivers (JB)

Corners – not recorded
Player of the Match Award (commentator) – Darryl Mvalo