WEFC Team (4-2-3-1):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: Harry Johnson, Charlie Williams, Oliver Vickers, Matt Gofton
Midfield: Joe Turner (capt), James Bridges; Nathan Mulvaney, Kai Evans, Milo van Vliet
Attack: Matt Rogers
Subs: Luke Johnson, Josef Lamberton, James Starkey
Goals: Kai Evans (2), Matt Rogers, Nathan Mulvaney
Man-of-the-match Award: Nathan Mulvaney
Oranges Edge Wolves in 6-Goal Thriller
Two goals in the final five minutes saw Wokingham & Emmbrook FC “Oranges”, sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services, edge past Wargrave Wolves in a thrilling and hard-fought East Berkshire Football Alliance U14s Division 6 match on Saturday.
Wargrave took an early lead through a counter attack, their striker calmly rounding George Watkins in the Wokingham goal to slot home. Oranges responded well, and enjoyed a good deal of first half possession, creating plenty of chances, with Nathan Mulvaney and Matt Rogers combining well in the attacking third. But it wasn’t until the 24th minute that they were rewarded for their efforts, when Oliver Vickers’ inch perfect through-ball found Kai Evans who finished confidently to leave the scores even at half time.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, which was an end-to-end affair with chances for both sides, Wargrave restored their lead, but Wokingham equalised straight from the restart - the ball was played forward to James Starkey on the left wing, whose first time cross was met in the box by Matt Rogers, who hit it first time into the corner of the net. Wargrave battled to again restore their lead, and on balance had the better of much of the second period, seeing a long-range effort hit the cross bar, and a clever chip go inches over. But with three minutes remaining Evans fired in one of his trademark corners, which Mulvaney headed into the roof of the net to put the Sumas ahead for the first time in the match. Two minutes later, with Wargrave pushing for an equaliser, Luke Johnson won the ball back in midfield, passing to Evans, whose long range effort caught everyone – spectators and Wargrave’s ‘keeper – by surprise, to put the result beyond doubt.
Evans had an exceptional game, with two goals and an assist, but the man of the match award went to Nathan Mulvaney (pic), who was a constant threat with his movement and strength on the ball, his clever passing and a great headed goal.