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Sevenoaks Town 2
Gondoh (25', 79')
1 Kingstonian
Collins (90')
Sevenoaks Town

Sevenoaks Town match report

Report by Simon Grier

This is a season where Ks could have really done with an FA Cup run but it wasn't to be, as former K Ryan Gondoh struck twice to secure a win for Sevenoaks Town.

Lee O'Leary admitted after the game that the home side deserved their result and that Ks had lacked intensity, energy and tempo. They certainly enjoyed plenty of the ball but rarely did that lead to clear-cut chances. "Everything's a little bit pretty," said the manager.

Gondoh wasn't the only ex-K lining up against his former club. Omarr Lawson also started for The Oaks while Dan Hector, one of Ks' heroes from Macclesfield, didn't even make it off the bench for the home side.

Sevenoaks started well, with Ks' stand-in goalkeeper Mac Chisholm forced to get a strong hand to a Yahaya Bamba shot. Chisholm also saved comfortably from Karn Miller-Neave but the home side's breakthrough came on 25 minutes. It was a fine effort from Gondoh, picking the ball up deep in the Ks half and advancing forward before slotting past Chisholm from a tricky angle.

Ks created very little during the first half, Oaks goalkeeper Tyler McCarthy's only significant intervention being a solid save from a Tyrese Owen twenty-yarder.

Ks looked brighter after the break, although still struggled to convert possession into chances with the final ball lacking once more. Kieron Cadogan picked up a mishit kick from McCarthy but saw the defence react quickly to block his shot, before Declan Skura headed a corner over.

Eventually, Ks left themselves exposed on the counter-attack following a set piece, with Dami Olorunnisomo feeding Gondoh who beat Chisholm again on 78 minutes.

Just as all seemed lost though, Ks got not one lifeline but two. First, a free kick on 90 minutes, which Louis Collins bent perfectly into McCarthy's top corner from around 25 yards.

And then a mysterious announcement, hard to hear through the crackly PA system behind the goal. Collins as the goalscorer? The attendance? Or did he really just say there would be ten minutes of time added on? Despite a second half cramp epidemic throughout the Sevenoaks team it seemed excessive for what time had actually been lost. 

Yet that was indeed what the announcer said; and what the referee played. But even that didn't prove enough time for Ks to fashion another clear-cut chance as O'Leary was left to rue the worst Ks performance of his short managerial tenure so far.

Sevenoaks Town: Tyler McCarthy, Ryan Palmer, Karn Miller-Neave, Emmuanuel Mensah, Matthew Weaire, Corey Holder, Kyle da Silva, Omarr Lawson, Freddie Parker, Ryan Gondoh, Yahaya Bamba.

Subs: Dami Olorunnisomo (for Karn Miller-Neave, 74m), Tolulope Jonah, Jordy Ndozid (for Omarr Lawson, 65m), Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, Samuel Johnson (for Yahaya Bamba, 78m), Omari Hibbert.

Kingstonian: Mac Chisholm, Dwight Pascal, Declan Skura, Jack Strange, Tobi Ogundega, Tyrese Owen, Thomas Gogo, Kenny Beaney, Kieron Cadogan, Fumnaya Shomotun, Louis Collins.

Subs: Sean Bonnett-Johnson (for Dwight Pascal, 64m), Gabriel Ajuchi (for Thomas Gogo, 64m), Korrey Henry, Geneiro Maragh, Kwesi Ntim (for Tobi Ogundega, 83m), Iker Noguera Leon.

Goal scorers: Ryan Gondoh (25m, 1-0), Ryan Gondoh (79m, 2-0), Louis Collins (90m, 2-1)

Attendance: 294

Published Sunday 4th September 2022