Metropolitan Police 2 Sutton United 1 (H/T 2-1)
YOUTHS SLIP TO LEAGUE DEFEAT
Sutton returned to Ryman Youth League action tonight for the first time in two months but returned home from Imber Court without any points as they failed to recover from going two goals down in the first half.
Sutton had the opening chance of the game as Darnell Austin worked the ball from left to right, giving Josh Danquah the chance to beat the full-back but he saw his effort saved. Ben Marrett then thought he’d put the home side a goal up but was denied by an offside flag before Tom Day was called into action to deny Luke Mitchell’s shot at goal. Sutton then had a golden chance to go in front when Danquah was tripped in the area but Rommell Hunte-Christie’s resulting penalty was saved, and soon after the home side capitalised as the ball eventually fell to Mitchell twelve yards out and he spun and shot to beat Day at his near post. Met Police were then denied by an offside flag for a second time when Ryan Facey raced clear, but it was only a brief respite for Sutton as Mitchell again found himself in space on the edge of the area and he fired into the bottom corner. Sutton managed to pull a goalk back on the stroke of half time when Jean-Luc Kinaba cut in from the left, beating two defenders and slotting home from a narrow angle.
Danquah came close to levelling the scores early in the second half but saw another strike saved, before Luke Spillane-Davis went close to scoring with his first touch in under-18 football as he reacted fastest to Danquah’s cross but poked the ball wide of the far post. Sutton piled men forward, with the home side restricted to the counter-attack and Day had to be off his line quickly to deny Prince Eze with a last ditch challenge, and in the closing stages Andrius Lucauskas had a golden chance to level the scores as the ball ricocheted around in the home penalty area but he could only skew the ball wide.
Aaron Afriyie (Aka-Bashorun, 64)
Rommel Hunte-Christie (Spillane-Davis, 67)
Darnell Austin (Lucauskas, 75)
Subs: Luke Spillane-Davis, Stefan Ilic, Seyi Aka-Bashorun, Archie Harland-Goddard, Andrius Lucauskas
Goals: Kinsaba (45)