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Match Report
Ryman Premier League - 2016/2017
Canvey Island 1
M. Tuohy (22)
Greenwich Borough 0

Canvey Island continued their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 win against Ryman South outfit Greenwich Borough at a hot and sunny Frost Financial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After a quiet start Canvey created the first chance of the afternoon in the tenth minute when the ball was worked into Jay Curran inside the penalty area. Curran floated a dangerous ball across the face of goal but nobody was able to apply the finish with their head.

Three minutes later a perfectly timed run from Greenwich Borough’s Lewwis Spence saw collect the ball in behind the Canvey defence, but having made his way into the area he was denied by Conor Gough who stayed on his feet until the last moment before spreading himself to make the save.

Canvey took the lead on 22 minutes after Jake Pitty had played a smart ball down the wing from his position at right back. Jay Curran played a good one-two with Jack Simmons before sending over an excellent cross which Martin Tuohy was able to turn across goal and home with an outstretched right boot.

Having got their noses in front the Gulls started to push for a second. On 31 minutes Jay Curran was involved again, this time beating the offside trap down the left and powering into the area before shooting into the side netting from a tight angle.

A minute later Omarr Lawson got to the touchline on the left wing, passing low to Martin Tuohy who struck it first time with his left foot. Tuohy’s effort seemed goalbound but struck the chest of a defender before being cleared.

On 34 minutes some good passing in and around the area from the visitors saw Jack Britnell burst through the Canvey defence, but his left footed shot from a tight angle was turned behind by Conor Gough for a corner.

In the last five minutes of the half forward Mohamed Eisa had two good opportunities to bring his side back on level terms going into the break. Firstly on 41 minutes Eisa had a low shot from the right which beat Conor Gough but was kept out on the line by Jake Pitty.

Then, on the stroke of half time, Eisa curled a free kick a couple of yards over the bar after Steve Sheehan had felled Jack Britnell on the edge of the area in a central position.

Danny Heale made five changes at the break, introducing Lee O’Leary, Ryan O’Rawe, George Sykes, Jake Gordon and Marlon Agyakwa.

Two minutes into the half the new striker partnership of George Sykes and Jake Gordon combined well, Sykes playing in Gordon who shot towards the bottom corner but was denied thanks to a good save from the experienced Craig Holloway diving down to his left and conceding a corner.

George Sykes played a similar pass to Jake Simmons soon afterwards, but this time Holloway was able to save and hold the ball to keep Canvey’s lead down to one goal.

The Gulls had further chances in the final period of the match. Firstly on 74 minutes a good through ball from Chris Bright found the lively Marlon Agyakwa, but his shot was smothered by Greenwich substitute goalkeeper Ronan Ford.

Jake Gordon then had a decent shot from 20 yards on 81 minutes, but unfortunately for the forward the ball was straight at Ford who collected low down in front of himself.

Canvey’s best chance to add a second goal came with six minutes of the regulation ninety remaining, Substitute Dee Okojie brought the ball out of midfield with a marauding run, reaching the edge of the area before unleashing a right-footed shot which hit the top of the crossbar.

Chris Bright saw a shot from the right go across goal and narrowly wide of the upright on 86 minutes, and soon afterwards George Sykes had a shot blocked following a tremendous run from Marlon Agyakwa down the left wing.

Having survived several near misses Greenwich Borough then created two golden chances to avoid defeat.

In the 89th minute a corner was headed goalwards but was hooked off of the line by Jake Pitty for another corner.

Then, in the first minute of stoppage time, a cross in from the left was met by a diving header from Lewwis Spence which seemed to be on its way in. However, Conor Gough pulled off a superb save diving high to his left to flick the ball behind with his fingertips.

Martin Tuohy Goal by Andy Wilkins

Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts