Kingsway returned to winning ways with an empathic win over Longlevens 3rds.

On what turned out to be a fairly mild day, weather wise, Kingsway turned in a performance befitting of a title chasing side. The home side were compact, well-drilled and happy to sit in and frustrated Kingsway, looking to counter on the break and snatch up any opportunities that fell their way.

The home side did well, initially, frustrating Kingsway who had monopolised possession throughout the half, trying to press and probe for angles to create goal scoring chances.

However, their game plan unravelled within 25-30 minutes. Igs Correia crossing the ball towards the back post, curling in, after receiving the ball from Jimmy McRae. However, the Longlevens centre half, in an impossible position, nudged it in himself in an attempt to block after the initial effort was already goal bound. The striker looked embarrassed to claim it but will certainly take it.

The Kingsway dubious goal committee were consulted and the goal was given to Igs.

Kingsway, having now broken the deadlock, quickly doubled this via Samuel Sysum. The nippy wingback, robbing the Longlevens player of the ball before making a darting run into the left hand side of the box, burying across goal beyond an exasperated goalkeeper.

Kingsway continued to monopolised possession throughout the half and entered the break two goals to the good, wanting to further consolidate this in the second half.

The second half commenced and Longlevens, now needing to chase the game, seemed to want to press higher and with more endeavour. Yet, Kingsway continued to play their game, playing out of the back and looking to work angles into midfield and beyond.

There were a few ‘hairy’ moments where Scott Peroni was called into action to stop a point blank header, as well as a glaring tap in which Longlevens will be wondering how on earth they missed.

Longlevens were made to pay for their missed chances later in the half. Igs heading the ball on from just after the half-way line into the path of Ryan Hooper, who had beat the offside trap. The centre forward rushed forwards, settling the ball down before finishing brilliantly, with a lofted dink, past the keepers left.

Kingsway continued to look for more goals but were unable to do so as the referee blew his whistle to end the game. The away side will be delighted to have kept a clean sheet and will be hoping to keep a few more of those over the course of the season.

MOTM: Tyler – the centre half was in imperious form. Winning the majority of his challenges, confident taking the ball out of the back and was a fantastic presence in the back line. Often, forwards and the more attacking minded players take the plaudits but Tyler was the well deserved man of the match today and was crucial to the clean sheet obtained. We made a comparison to Ayala last year but we think he’s more like a prime Woodgate. We look forward to more of the same Ty! 😉

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