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Sutton United 1 Walton & Hersham 2 (H/T 1-0)


A bitterly disappointing performance saw Sutton crash out at the quarter-final stage of the Surrey Under 18s Midweek Floodlit Cup against a determined Walton & Hersham team.

Walton & Hersham showed promise in the early stages, mostly through the pace of Ross Nunn down the left flank, but once Sutton had weathered some early pressure it was the home side who created more clear cut chances. Dayo Akinbeje had the first sight at goal after 10 minutes, gathering Brandon Johnson’s pass and driving forward but his shot from 20 yards deflected kindly into the keeper’s arms. Johnson and Jake Tyson then exchanged passes from a corner before the former swung in a cross that Shervin Mohajeri met with a strike that was blocked at the near post. Mohajeri did well to thwart a quick counter attack and then touch the ball through to Dan Wanyoni but his shot from a narrow angle was comfortable saved. After 22 minutes though, Johnson’s inswinging corner fell kindly to Wanyoni six yards out who volleyed with ease into the back of the net. Akinbeje then powered forward from inside his own half before seeing his strike bounce just the wrong side of the post. In a brief foray forward, the visitors could have equalised but nobody was on hand to meet Robert Laparsonne’s fizzed free kick that flew across the face of the goal. As the half drew to a close, Tyson set up Johnson on the edge of the box but his effort was saved by the keeper.

The start of the second half seemed to mirror the start of the first, with the visitors on the offensive without really creating many clear cut chances. Sutton could have extended the lead when Tyson capitalised on a loose clearance but his first time effort flew over the bar, but despite Elliott Orris doing well to beat the ball away from Jack Inkpen’s powerful volley, Walton equalised after 58 minutes when Billy Brazil followed up his own blocked effort from a corner to lash the ball past Orris. This briefly spurred the home side on and Arran Nurse was unlucky to see his diving header from Wanyoni’s cross fly off the turf and onto the crossbar. Wanyoni then bundled his way through two challenges and nick the ball past the keeper but it agonisingly came off the post and was scrambled away. With 12 minutes to go though, Inkpen’s effort from outside the box was parried by Orris only as far as Brazil, who slotted the ball into the unguarded net to send the visitors through to the semi-final.

Sutton Line-Up:

Elliott Orris
Ryan Petruzziello (Olufemi, 80)
Shervin Mohajeri (Howard, 84)
Harry Mills
Lewis Taylor
Jake Tyson
Declan Ryan  (Sahie, 70)
Brandon Johnson
Arran Nurse  
Dan Wanyoni  
Dayo Akinbeje

Substitutes: Jack Partington, Cyrille Sahie, Josh Olufemi, Ted Howard, Toni Dulgheru
Goals: Wanyoni (22)

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