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Angels U18 fightback takes the points

Skipper Adam Larkin stole the show as his two second half goals saw the Angels U18’s fight back against a good Glebe side.

A thoroughly entertaining encounter saw the visitors have the better of the first half to go into the break a goal up.

The Angels youngsters made the early running and it took a wonderful challenge from Glebe’s Osagie Omoregie to stop Cameron Honavar in his tracks after 12 minutes but four minutes later Alex Fentham struck a post for the Chislehurst-based side and they largely dominated from that point.

Eric Nebiri brought a good save out of Toby Edwards before Glebe took the lead just after the half hour. A scuffed clearance allowed a break down the left and when the cross was only partially cleared, Luke Bachelor drove a shot from the right hand angle of the six yard box into the net, off the far post.

The second half was a far different story as the Angels gained a lot of control in the middle of the park through Larkin and Reuben Etherington, which allowed them to service Sam Firman, who was a constant threat with his pace and quick feet.

Despite their territorial advantage it took Tonbridge until the 66th minute to finally break down the Glebe defence, but when it came it was a stunner! The ball was worked from midfield into Larkin who, from fully 35 yards, let fly a shot that Glebe goalkeeper, Alex Stevens, could only watch helplessly as it rocketed past him.

Buoyed by the goal, the Angels swept forward in search of a winner.  Substitute Fin McLeod saw his effort well saved by Stevens and Larkin’s header was similarly dealt with and when, with just four minutes remaining, Honavar’s effort came back off a post, it seemed it wasn’t going to happen.

But, following a corner and a scramble in the box, the ball fell at Larkin’s feet for him to drive his shot home from around six yards.

Dom Welsh said of his team: “The performance was excellent, two mistakes in the first half nearly knocked the stuffing out of us. But we played very well tonight and deserved to win. We would 100% have lost that type of game last season though, so it shows the progress we are making.”

Published Tuesday 12th September 2023