Croydon 1 Corinthian 4

Croydon's winning streak of six games ended today when Corinthian beat 4-1 at the Arena. The day started with the news that Jeff Duah-Kessie had left Croydon to go to Bostik South side Phoenix Sports, where he scored on his debut there. I'm sure all at Croydon FC wish Jeff good luck playing at a higher level, and the fans probably wish he scored today for Croydon. Andy Somo wore the no 9 shirt today, and started with a chance that went wide of the far post. Corinthian scored their goal after ten minutes, when following a corner, their captain Jack Bath scored with a header. Matt O' Donoghue had a chance to equalise, after going forward, and receiving a pass from his left, his shot went wide of the post. A little later, O'Donoghue managed to reach the ball before it went over the goalline, but his shot went to an opponent who cleared the ball. Having received a pass from behind, Fidan Fejzi had a shot which landed wide of the near post. Croydon got a free kick, but Jamie McGeoghegan's shot went straight to the keeper. As the first half was ending, Nathan Campbell was given a yellow card when both he and an opponent were going for the ball. The first half ended with a pass to Lauris Chin, and his shot going wide of the far post.

Croydon were out run by Corinthian throughout the game, and Croydon took any chance when they could. After Michael Hurcomb's goal in the 48th minute, Croydon thought they'd bring in fresh legs in the form of Levi Shango in place of Daniel Hogan. But it made no difference as Corinthian held possession, and scored a penalty via Conor Johnson. Croydon did get a free kick afterwards when Shango was taken down, only for Fejzi's free kick to go wide of the far post. Andy Somo missed a sitter with twenty minutes to go, and this was followed by a good opportunity when Shango kept on his feet and passed to Fejzi only for the ball to be cleared by an opponent. With the wind picking up again, a loose ball came off Aiden Brown and the ball was heading towards an empty goal only for the ball to end up wide of the post. Corinthian's keeper stopped chances from Brown and Shango in quick succession. Shango was tripped by an opponent and Croydon got a penalty which Jamie McGeoghegan took but came off the keeper but off the rebound Andy Somo scored five minutes into stoppage time. However within the space of a minute, the ball was in the back of the opposing net courtesy of Oscar Housego before the whistle blew for full time.

Team: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Chin (Brown 65), Wilson (Mott 65), Somo, Hogan (Shango 54), Fejzi

Subs (not used): McAllister, Owusu

Crockenhill 0 Croydon 4 (Kent Senior Trophy)

Surrey club Croydon FC are through to the next round of the Kent Senior Trophy after beating Crockenhill 4-0 at their ground. Defender Rio Davidson-Philps was out injured and Andy Mott returned to playing his first game after coming back from injury.

Crockenhill made a good start, and James Fotheringham had to clear a ball for a throw in. Then their striker Ollie Freeman was denied a chance thanks to captain Nathan Campbell heading the ball out. Jeff Duah-Kessie's first chance saw him going through the middle before the ball went straight to keeper Joe Bailey. Another attempt afterwards saw Duah-Kessie taken down as he tried to get ahead of the opposing defender.

Andy Mott's return was marked by a challenge from an opponent which led to a free kick to Crockenhill. Then came a couple of Croydon corners, the first was short, and the second corner was long this time. Mott was in the right place at the far post as he put the ball in the net. Then came three chances in short succession for Croydon, all starting with free kicks and all finishing wide of far post. A fourth, coming from a corner, was saved by Bailey.

After a challenge on Callum McAllister, Croydon were given a free kick, which McCallister side footed to Campbell whose shot went wide of the near post. Crockenhill then got a free kick which was saved by Alex Hewitt. Then came a run down the right win from Duah-Kessie, but his shot hit the side netting. Crockenhill then had a chance when a cross from Freeman was caught by Hewitt.

Another chance came when Mott passed to Matt O'Donoghue whose shot was cleared by an opponent. Croydon made it 2-0 when a ball was played to Duah-Kessie. He was actually taken down, but while down he stretched his leg to the ball and it went past the keeper. In contrast, Duah-Kessie's next chance landed very wide of the post.

Aiden Brown scored after 50 minutes, then there was concern when there was a clash of heads between Duah-Kessie and Ryan Gallifaint. Although both players returned to the pitch, Gallifaint was substituted later. To show there was no damage done, soon afterwards Duah-Kessie made it 3-0. Crockenhill responded with a chance coming from a corner, which went straight to Hewitt. Another attempt to get a hat trick came from Duah-Kessie following some good passing but his shot went wide of the far post.

At the end, David Owusu missed a chance at close range. Following a cross from Fidan Fejzi, Owusu ducked his head and missed the ball! Crockenhill ended the game hitting the side netting and Croydon went through to the next round.

Team: Hewitt O'Donoghue Fotheringham (Wilson 39) McCallister Mete-Lobonza Campbell (C) Brown (Owusu 63) Mott Duah-Kessie, Dan Hogan (Fejzi 58), Shango

Subs (not used): McGeoghegan, Joseph

Subs:McGeoghegan Owusu Fejzi Wilson Joseph

Glebe 0 Croydon 1

Croydon held on to their joint top position thanks to a solitary goal from Marvin Armstrong after 27 minutes. Former Tram Tolulope Jonah didn't have much to do apart from watch his former team. Glebe were quick to get off the mark after only three minutes when defender Max Fitzgerald's shot went across an empty goal when Alex Hewitt was out of the way. Croydon were then in possession for a while and even got three corners but the third was headed clear by an opponent. There was a chance for Croydon after the third corner but offside was given, as were Glebe a few minutes later. In the 27th minute after a run, O'Donoghue went past the defence and scored past Darren Betch to give Croydon the lead. Soon after Glebe appeared to be frustrated, a player got booked and Croydon passed well for the remainder of the first half.

The second half started with a few chances from Glebe. Then came a couple of corners for Croydon. On 63 minutes, Croydon got a second goal from Stefan Joseph, but this was considered to be offside. Prior to this came a good chance when Jamie McGeoghegan passed to Fidan Fejzi whose chance ended wide of the near post. Joseph passed to Sam Johnson, and his shot went even wider than Fejzi's. With the final whistle about to blow, Glebe had a couple of chances, the first was headed wide of the post and the next was cleared thanks to a posse of defenders. Croydon hold on to joint top position in the SCEFL.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Joseph (Somo 86), Armstrong, Shango (Johnson 57)

Subs (not used): McAllister, Duah-Kessie, Brown

Croydon 3 Bearsted 0

Croydon dominated proceedings on Saturday, buoyed by a crowd of 88 celebrating National Non League Day, and ending Bearsted's six match winning streak into the process. Croydon's first chance came in the 10th minute when Fidan Fejzi's shot went over the crossbar, followed by one from Stefan Joseph a few minutes later. Marvin Armstrong took the lead for Croydon in the 21st minute with a header, although the ball might have come off the head of Bearsted defender Cameron Croucher, who failed to stop the ball going into the net. Croydon continued to possess throughout, and there were also attempts from Bradley Wilson and Lauris Chin, and Fejzi. Bearsted did have one chance in the first half from former AFC Croydon Athletic player Ehis Izukan that went wide of the near post. But Chin succeeded on 43 minutes when his shot went past Scott Andrews after a corner.

Chin was off the mark soon after the second half whistle blew, only to be stopped by Matt Gardner. Graeme Andrews also brought down Chin, whilst Fejzi's chance was pushed out by Andrews, and Chin was substituted afterwards. There was a good combination between Wilson and Chin's substitute Sam Johnson, both passed between each other and each had a chance, the first cleared by Andrews and the second finishing wide of the post. However, in an action packed last six minutes, Marvin Armstrong got a straight red, Andy Somo got two yellow cards and Jeff Duah-Kessie was also booked. But Duah-Kessie scored Croydon's third four minutes into stoppage time before the whistle blew for full time.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Chin (Johnson 63), Wilson (Duah-Kessie 80), Joseph (Somo 65), Armstrong, Fejzi

Subs (not used): McCallister, Shango

Yellow cards: Duah-Kessie 81, Somo 88, 89

Red cards: Somo 89, Armstrong 90+1

Beckenham Town 0 Croydon 3 (London Senior Cup)

Croydon are through to the next round of the London Senior Cup buoyed by the away support that cheered the Trams on. Beckenham had possession early on, but Croydon more than made the most of their possession, certainly in the first half. An early pass from Lauris Chin went to Stefan "Smasher" Joseph whose shot went wide. Smasher had another attempt, on target this time, but saved by Josh Gonzales. Smasher hoped to be third time lucky, after Fidan Fejzi kept the ball in play, he passed to Joseph whose shot was again saved by Gonzales. Croydon were lucky not to concede the first goal when Rio Davidson-Phipps gave the ball away, and Beckenham were unlucky that their chance hit the crossbar. Croydon then took the lead when following a pass from Marvin Armstrong, Fejzi hit a blinding shot past Gonzales on 32 minutes. Both keepers were kept in check, Alex Hewitt tipped a Beckenham chance over the crossbar, then Bradley Wilson passed to Rio Davidson-Phipps whose shot went straight to Gonzales.

The first chance of the second half came from Fejzi, trying to get around an opponent only for his shot to be saved by Gonzales. Later on came a through ball from Jamie McGeoghegan towards Matt O'Donoghue, but his shot went straight to Gonzales. Beckenham had an equaliser disallowed for offside and was their only chance of note. After a few wayward shots, Andy Somo missed the chance of a second Croydon goal with an attempt that had he controlled it and gently tapped in might have gone in, instead his powerful shot was kicked out by the keeper. Croydon's second goal did come with three minutes to go courtesy of Sam Johnson, who bundled the ball into the net. And for good measure, and with a minute to go, Marvin Armstrong's little dink over the keeper made it 3-0 to the Trams, who are through to the next round of the London Senior Cup.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McCallister (Mete-Lobonza 70), McGeoghegan, Campbell, Chin (Johnson 54), Wilson, Joseph (Somo 60), Armstrong, Fejzi

Subs (not used): Duah-Kessie, Ojo

Yellow cards: Fejzi 58, Davidson-Phipps 66, Wilson 68