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Canvey Island
M Karagul (9')
Full time
G Sykes (47'), M Gilbey (46'), R Melaugh (51' Pen, 61'), S Sheehan (55')
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 88

Ware 1 Canvey Island 5

Five goals in fifteen minutes undermine Ware's solid first half performance.

Canvey were big, strong and skilful but in the first half they failed to look the complete team. They were more individual than co-operative and although helped by Ware's willingness to give the ball away, often in dangerous circumstances, didn't capitalise. Instead shots went wide when a pass might have been more productive.

Meanwhile Ware were living dangerously at times but battling well. Charlie Yexley has returned to the side after a three year absence and did well at right back and his early raid down the middle was only ended by a foul that earned George Sykes a yellow card. A new starter was Tayo Coker, on loan from Harrow Borough, who never let anyone get the better of him. They completed a confident back four that coped well with what Canvey had to offer in the first half although the visitors will doubtless point to Coker's 39th minute tackle on Sykes. It looked a clear penalty to many in the crowd but Mr Marasca waved away the Gulls' appeals.

All this was played out in the context of Ware's early lead. Marcus Milner's 9th minute corner on the Ware left was laid short to Ross Elsom and his cross into the six yard box eluded all but Murat Karagul who rose to head home largely unchallenged. It all looked very easy at that point.

Ware kept looking for chances to increase their lead but as the half wore on it was Canvey who increasingly monopolised the possession and territory. There was real danger as Voss twice fumbled a corner before a follow up shot was cleared for a second corner. This too caused problems in defence with a double hit on the framework before a third attempt went high over the bar.

Even so Ware approached the half time break with the prospect of holding the lead but their hopes were dashed two minutes into added time when the ball bobbled across the Ware area and Sykes was on hand to fire into the net.

The hope was that Ware would not concede early in the second half but that too was a pipe dream as Mitchell Gilbey was set free down the middle after a Ware attack and with the home defence looking for an offside flag he had only Voss to beat. He made it look straight forward to give Canvey the lead.

Two goals in two minutes of play were enough to undermine Ware's hopes but worse was to follow as Canvey Island opened up the Ware defence. Maybe the change from the first half's 4-5-1 formation to 4-4-2 had something to do with the collapse but the loss of Coker to injury was also significant. The visitors also seemed to at least partially negate the role of Yexley and his captain Ahmed Abdulla neither of whom had as much influence as they had earlier.

Whatever the reason Ware were found unable to cope with the visiting forwards. A chance to draw level went away after Karagul was free in the Canvey area but his first touch let him down and almost immediately the visitors were back in the home area. As Coker slipped trying to get his tackle in Sykes went down and this time the referee had no option but to award the spot kick. Ryan Melaugh showed how to take a penalty to give the visitors what looked like being an unassailable lead on 51 minutes.

Further goals followed on 55 minutes when a corner was helped over the line by Steve Sheehan as the Ware defence seemed rooted to the ground and on 61 minutes with Ryan Melaugh's stunning first time shot from distance when he met a clearance out of defence.

It had taken a quarter of an hour to completely turn the game round and out of Ware's grasp. There were other chances for the Gulls, especially as Ware kept pushing forward for a second goal leaving gaps at the back meaning that when the final whistle came it was something of a relief.

With Ware left second from bottom, John Dreyer must now realise the task that is in front of him as he seeks to preserve Ware's place at Step 4. The next test comes on Wednesday when the Blues travel to Romford in a crucial fixture.

Ware: Harry Voss, Charlie Yexley, Alaa Oujdi, Ahmed Abdulla, Damien Green, Tayo Coker (Andrew Tirivanhu 52mins), Marcus Milner, Ross Elsom (Necati Gench 52mins), Yannick Kamanan, Ace'a Laurent, Murat Karagul. Unused subs: Louis Yuill, Harry Watkins.

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Key moments

Goal Murat Karagul scores for Ware
45:00 +2:00
Goal George Sykes scores for Canvey Island
Goal Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island
Scored Penalty Ryan Melaugh scores a penalty for Canvey Island
Goal Steve Sheehan scores for Canvey Island
Goal Ryan Melaugh scores for Canvey Island


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82:00 Yellow Card
Ace'a Laurent is yellow carded for Ware
77:00 Sub Off
Ryan Melaugh is substituted off for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub On
Teddy Nesbitt is substituted on for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub Off
George Sykes is substituted off for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub On
Usman Adeniji is substituted on for Canvey Island
68:00 Yellow Card
George Craddock is yellow carded for Canvey Island
65:00 Sub Off
Sam Collins is substituted off for Canvey Island
65:00 Sub On
George Craddock is substituted on for Canvey Island
61:00 Goal 1 - 5
Ryan Melaugh scores for Canvey Island
55:00 Goal 1 - 4
Steve Sheehan scores for Canvey Island
52:00 Sub On
Necati Gench is substituted on for Ware
52:00 Sub Off
Ross Elsom is substituted off for Ware
52:00 Sub On
Andrew Tirivanhu is substituted on for Ware
52:00 Sub Off
Tayo Coker is substituted off for Ware
51:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 3
Ryan Melaugh scores a penalty for Canvey Island
47:00 Yellow Card
Ahmed Abdulla is yellow carded for Ware
46:00 Goal 1 - 1
Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island
End of period 1
45:00 +2:00 Goal 1 - 2
George Sykes scores for Canvey Island
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Murat Karagul scores for Ware
6:00 Yellow Card
George Sykes is yellow carded for Canvey Island
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ware
  • Canvey Island
  • 0
  • George Sykes Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Murat Karagul Goal 9:00'
  • George Sykes Goal 45:00 +2:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Goal 46:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Scored Penalty 51:00'
  • Ross Elsom Sub Off 52:00'
  • Andrew Tirivanhu Sub On 52:00'
  • Tayo Coker Sub Off 52:00'
  • Necati Gench Sub On 52:00'
  • Steve Sheehan Goal 55:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Goal 61:00'
  • Sam Collins Sub Off 65:00'
  • George Craddock Sub On 65:00'
  • George Craddock Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Usman Adeniji Sub On 77:00'
  • George Sykes Sub Off 77:00'
  • Teddy Nesbitt Sub On 77:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Yellow Card 82:00'

Team selection

Canvey Island
  • 1. Jack Giddens
  • 2. Jake Pitty
  • 3. Ashley Dumas
  • 4. Frank Merrifield
  • 5. Elliott Warren
  • 6. Steve Sheehan
  • 7. Ryan Charles
  • 8. Sam Collins
  • 9. George Sykes
  • 10. Mitchell Gilbey
  • 11. Ryan Melaugh
  • 12. Teddy Nesbitt
  • 14. James Walker
  • 15. Harry Norman
  • 16. George Craddock
  • 17. Usman Adeniji

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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