Ryan overcome Royston to reclaim top spot
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Ryan FC Under-17s returned to the top of the Eastern Junior Alliance table with a deserved but hard-fought 3-2 win over Royston Town.
Despite going down to an early goal, Ryan pulled level after great work by Ej Gyebi and Mo Rahman set up Robleh Xasan for a clever finish.
Ryan had the better chances in the second half, with Jake Casey going close twice before Rahman made it 2-1, finishing well after Royston failed to deal with a Tommy Govey throw-in.
A piece of poor defending allowed Royston a soft equaliser, but Ryan kept coming with Gyebi heading against the crossbar.
With 10 minutes to go, the ever-dangerous Robleh Xasan was brought down in the box, but Euan Taylor-Reid’s penalty was saved – only for the referee to order a retake because of encroachment by Royston players.
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Taylor-Reid held his nerve and made no mistake second time around, smashing the ball home to seal the points.
Harvey Williams rifled a stunning long-range free-kick for the only goal of the game to secure maximum points for Angel Islington Under-11s in their Camden & Islington League clash with Lyndhurst.
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Williams’ strike into the top corner of the net proved decisive, but Angel were also indebted to goalkeeper Charlie Nolan and man of the match Alex Gibson, who put in a superb display in defence.
Peter Angelov netted for Angel Islington Under-10s as they fought out a 1-1 draw in their derby clash with Chapel Youth.
A second-half fightback was not enough to save A Class Under-15s from defeat as they went down 6-4 in a fast-paced clash with Crown & Manor.
Crown led 3-0 at half-time and added another three goals after the break, although A Class hit back through Joe White, Zak Miles, Oliver Achile and Dylan Bolister.