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Grays Athletic
Full time
P Madu (28' OG), S Cross (31'), T Monsheju (63', 92'), K Bishop (83'), S Muguo (93' Sent Off)
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 98

Ware 0 Grays Athletic 5

Ware left bewildered and a little punch drunk at the end of five goal drubbing.

On paper this game was something of a home banker and even though Ware never really got going past experience suggested they would be able to cling on tenaciously for at least a draw.

Maybe it was the absence of the suspended Murat Karagul and Alaa Oujdi but once Grays, who have struggled for much of the season, were in front it was they who showed the tenacity to cling on and eventually take the game well beyond the home side.

To be fair this was another of those games with a significant turning point when the match was still scoreless. Although the visitors were shading the proceedings the 27th minute saw Ware produce perhaps the best move up to that point which ended with Junior Appiah striking a post with his shot.

The ringing sound of ball on metal had hardly died down before Grays were on the attack. The ball was put across the Ware area where Prince Madu, in an effort to clear, steered it into his own net. Someone needed to have told him to let the ball go as there was no danger behind him but they didn't and it was Ware who were behind.

The game had barely restarted when Grays pressure brought them a free kick on the central edge of the Ware area. Sam Cross stood ready to take the kick and from behind it looked as though it only needed to be targeted accurately to score. It was and he did and in less than five minutes Ware had gone from a possible lead to two goals down. They never properly recovered.

Too many high balls had Yannick Kamanan being out jumped by the Grays defence and any nod-ons that he managed often found Appiah offside. Half time came with a sense of relief and the hope that Ware would regroup for a second half challenge.

For a while the challenge did seem to be coming especially after Ahmed Abdulla came on and started directing a few more low balls to his forwards as Ware started to mount more telling attacks. In this period Appiah was through on goal but went down under pressure from Grays' keeper Lamar Johnson with the referee waving away penalty appeals before a corner rattled Johnson's left post.

Any hopes that Ware had were effectively extinguished after 63 minutes however when Tim Monsheju, recently arrived at Grays from Witham and in the game from the subs bench, carried the ball forward, lost it in a tackle but then found it break back into his path. His shot from distance squirmed disappointingly through Tom Coulton's grasp to make it 3-0.

Ware did what they always do in these circumstances and changed things around with a final substitution before later sending Gareth Madden up front and pulling Kamanan back into midfield where he played the ball around to good effect.

Even so Kamanan was back in the Grays area on 78 minutes as a neat move saw Symeon Taylor release Appiah who squared it to the Frenchman. Kamanan's strong shot was however straight at Johnson.

Ware had not lost a league match by more than one goal this season and continued to look to reduce the deficit but on 83 minutes Kieran Bishop put that idea to sleep. The former Ware hero had already missed a couple of good chances but this time he turned in the area and drilled a fierce shot past Coulton.

That should have been the proper ending to the story of this match but even that wasn't possible. With two minutes of added time already past Monsheju benefitted from Ware's persistent optimism in pushing forward to score easily.

Ware: Tom Coulton, Garjay Thompson (Warren Kayembe 62mins), Prince Madu, Denzel Conteh, Gareth Madden, Lee White, Junior Appiah, Ahmed Mohammed (Ahmed Abdulla 50mins), Yannick Kamanan, Dean Mason (Symeon Taylor 76mins), Rheo Josephs. Unused subs: Finbarr Robins, Jahvanne Wilson.

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Key moments

Own Goal Prince Madu scores an own goal
Goal Samuel Cross scores for Grays Athletic
Goal Tim Monsheju scores for Grays Athletic
Goal Kieran Bishop scores for Grays Athletic
90:00 +2:00
Goal Tim Monsheju scores for Grays Athletic
90:00 +3:00
Red Card Stanley Muguo is sent off for Grays Athletic


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90:00 +3:00 Red Card 0 - 5
Stanley Muguo is sent off for Grays Athletic
90:00 +2:00 Goal 0 - 5
Tim Monsheju scores for Grays Athletic
83:00 Goal 0 - 4
Kieran Bishop scores for Grays Athletic
79:00 Sub Off
Barry Cogan is substituted off for Grays Athletic
79:00 Sub On
Kai Brown is substituted on for Grays Athletic
76:00 Sub On
Symeon Taylor is substituted on for Ware
76:00 Sub Off
Dean Mason is substituted off for Ware
70:00 Sub Off
Joao Carlos is substituted off for Grays Athletic
70:00 Sub On
Callum Thompson is substituted on for Grays Athletic
63:00 Goal 0 - 3
Tim Monsheju scores for Grays Athletic
62:00 Sub Off
Garjay Thompson is substituted off for Ware
62:00 Sub On
Warren Kayembe is substituted on for Ware
60:00 Sub Off
Jamie Slabber is substituted off for Grays Athletic
60:00 Sub On
Tim Monsheju is substituted on for Grays Athletic
59:00 Yellow Card
Stanley Muguo is yellow carded for Grays Athletic
50:00 Sub Off
Ahmed Mohammed is substituted off for Ware
50:00 Sub On
Ahmed Abdulla is substituted on for Ware
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 0 - 2
Samuel Cross scores for Grays Athletic
28:00 Own Goal 0 - 1
Prince Madu scores an own goal
10:00 Yellow Card
Denzel Conteh is yellow carded for Ware
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ware
  • Grays Athletic
  • 0
  • Denzel Conteh Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Prince Madu Own Goal 28:00'
  • Samuel Cross Goal 31:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Sub On 50:00'
  • Ahmed Mohammed Sub Off 50:00'
  • Stanley Muguo Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Tim Monsheju Sub On 60:00'
  • Jamie Slabber Sub Off 60:00'
  • Warren Kayembe Sub On 62:00'
  • Garjay Thompson Sub Off 62:00'
  • Tim Monsheju Goal 63:00'
  • Joao Carlos Sub Off 70:00'
  • Callum Thompson Sub On 70:00'
  • Dean Mason Sub Off 76:00'
  • Symeon Taylor Sub On 76:00'
  • Kai Brown Sub On 79:00'
  • Barry Cogan Sub Off 79:00'
  • Kieran Bishop Goal 83:00'
  • Tim Monsheju Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Stanley Muguo Red Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Grays Athletic
  • 1. Lamar Johnson
  • 2. Ryan Mahal
  • 3. Samuel Cross
  • 4. James Folkes
  • 5. Richard Halle
  • 6. Stanley Muguo
  • 7. Glenn Poole
  • 8. Barry Cogan
  • 9. Kieran Bishop
  • 10. Jamie Slabber
  • 11. Joao Carlos
  • 12. Kai Brown
  • 14. Jamie Stuart
  • 15. Jack Fowler
  • 16. Callum Thompson
  • 17. Tim Monsheju

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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