Newham under-13s progress in National Cup
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 November 2018
Newham district under-13s squeezed past rivals Basildon to earn a home tie with Havering in the third round of the National Cup.
The district side picked up a 6-4 win to knock Basildon out of the national cup with a master class away day performance.
Newham scored after just eight seconds as Basildon, who kicked off, were immediately pressed back to their goalkeeper, who kicked the ball straight to the captain Diego Makesa to slot home from close range.
Newham extended their lead soon after with great build-up play resulting in a thunderous left-footed strike from Malachi.
However just before the break two lapses in concentration cost Newham two goals as they conceded a penalty and then again from a set-piece.
In the second-half Newham regained the lead with a well worked goal finished off by Tottenham Hotspur starlet Samuel Amo-Ameyaw.
However, two quick goals saw Basildon lead the game 4-3 with only 17 minutes left on the clock.
Nonetheless, the resilient boys from East London never gave in and with 15 minutes to go Troy Bedzo from Lister School struck twice, with two thunderous finishes from inside the box to put Newham 5-4 up.
With six minutes to go Amo-Ameyaw added his second, delivering the knockout blow to their opponents.
The youngster dazzled his way past two defenders before the slotting the ball home and easing any nerves.
Delighted Newham coach Terry Bobie Agyekum said: “We punished all of our opponent’s mistakes. The boys were resilient and stats will show this was our first win over Basildon in three attempts.
“To do it away from home gives my boys the feel-good factor. We now host Havering in the third round. We want the borough behind us as I feel this could be our season.”
Newham squad: Jerome Thomas (Royal Docks), Elliot Krasniqi (St Bons), Samson Uwandu (St Bons), Kester Djoko, Daniel Nakipov (both Rokeby), Hazeez Olowu (Forest Gate), Troy Bedzo (Lister), Luke Grant, Diego Makesa (both Kingsford), Michael Boateng (Langdon), Dami, Nathan Mwanja (both St Bons), Luca Gondim (Kingsford), Samuel Amo-Ameyaw (Oasis Academy).