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Angels U18 (Isthmian) run riot against Glebe

Against a background of Diwali fireworks, the Angels Under-18’s produced a firecracker performance of their own to demolish Glebe by seven clear goals with Cameron Honavar, who returned to the starting XI, scoring a hat-trick in a Man of the Match winning display.

From very early in the game, Tonbridge’s height advantage from set pieces caused problems for the Glebe defence with Will Puffette heading over from a corner.

The visitors stretched the Angels goalkeeper, Matt Larkin, after seven minutes before Max Cormack opened the scoring with a well struck shot past the Glebe keeper, Lorenzo Di-Cesare after 14 minutes.

The goal didn’t actually signal the deluge that was to follow as Glebe responded well with corners and an effort from Taheim Walters-Salmon that kept Larkin busy.

But with Zach Garcia’s set piece deliveries continually causing problems, a second goal was not long in coming as Puffette powered in a header following a free kick.

Puffette produced the tackle of the match after 37 minutes to deny Walters-Salmon and Glebe remained in the game at the break at two behind.

But the second half was to prove a different story as the Angels Under-18’s overpowered their visitors. Seven minutes into the half, Max Lambert set up Honavar to drive the ball into the bottom corner. 

A stunning shot from Felix Waring from 25 yards crashed back off the crossbar but two minutes later, Glebe’s frailty in the air was exposed again as Honavar headed the Angels four up.

On the hour, a really good team goal saw Waring and Honavar setting up Lambert for number five.

Puffette was allowed time to turn in the box and score as the Angels extracted the maximum chaos from every corner.

After 75 minutes, Honavar completed his hat-trick touching in from close range, the fifth goal of seven as a result of a set piece.

In fairness to Glebe they answered their manager’s calls to keep going to the final whistle and Larkin was forced to make a couple of saves late on.

Dom Welsh was rightly delighted with his team’s performance, commenting: “Exceptional team performance tonight, consistently outstanding from minute 1 to 90, controlled in possession, clinical in the final third and prevented everything going forward. A very good all round performance from the lads.”


Published Monday 24th October 2022 (last updated Tuesday 25th October 2022)