Whyteleafe FC

Report: Sevenoaks Town 0-2 Whyteleafe


Whyteleafe took all 3 points against fellow play off hopefuls Sevenoaks. With all of the teams in the play off places winning the 3 points were vital to keep Leafe in touch with the top 5. In addition a fine performance from Tyler McCarthy ensured a clean sheet, and after recent events, finishing with 11 players was very welcome, albeit with 5 yellow cards, some of them were however rather soft. Special praise to 3 of the Leafe side; The aforementioned Tyler McCarthy who made some excellent saves to prevent the hosts getting back into the game, Jamie McGeoghegan who was immense in the centre of defence winning everything in the air and new signing Ryan Gondoh who's goal and general play were very high class.

The opening exchanges saw the hosts have most of the possession but they had to wait until the 24th minute for the first good chance, Frankie Sawyer heading from a free kick across goal to the unmarked Dan Parkinson but his header was wide of the target.
             
Leafe had to wait until the 31st minute for their first attempt, Gondoh shooting across the face of goal from a Matt O'Donoghue pass. Three minutes later Gondoh had another chance after Antonio Walker-Barth found him on the edge of the box, and he gave Patrick Lee no chance shooting into the corner of the goal.
             
Dami Olorunnisome lost the ball in a dangerous area in the 38th minute leaving Kyle De Silva a great opportunity to score but his shot hit the post and bounced away to safety.  Lee then raced out of goal to beat Lesley Duru, who was clean through, to the ball and clear the danger. 
             
Sevenoaks started the second half strongly as they searched for an equaliser. Jack Miles headed over from close range and De Silva put a good chance just wide.
             
McCarthy took a knock making a save on the hour and there was concern as he needed lengthy treatment, but he recovered and made a string of good saves late in the game to deny the hosts. Leafe still had some chances on the break and Gondoh went close to a hat trick in the 67th minute when his shot on the turn went just over the bar.   
             
Ryan Hayes hit a screamer of a shot from 30 yards that only just missed the target.
             
Gondoh made the game safe after 70 minutes with an exquisite goal, Freddie Parker finding him on the far corner of the box, and he curled his shot over everyone into the far corner of the net.
             
Sevenoaks refused to lie down and a mixture of missed chances and fine saves from McCarthy denied them the chance to get back into the game, the pick of which were a save from a header from Fraser Walker and another header from Sawyer.
           
All in all a great result from Leafe who were missing several players due to suspensions and injuries.    
         
Whyteleafe Team: McCarthy, O'Donoghue, Duru, Olorunnisome, McGeoghegan, Holder,  Gondoh, Thompson, Parker, Walker-Barth (Sobowale 75), Masumpu, (Andrews 65).  Subs Not Used: Sontan, Campbell.

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