Swans 2 Molesey 3

Saturday 30 January 2016.                           Ryman League, Division One South.

Walton & Hersham 2   Molesey 3.

Molesey were left with the local bragging rights as they completed a season’s double over struggling Swans. After a good opening twenty minutes when they took the lead, Swans looked like they could possibly put an end to their poor run, but the visitors gradually began to dominate and equalised from the penalty-spot with ten minutes left to the break. Molesey then took the lead in the second-half and had chances to clinch the win, only for Swans to equalise with less than ten minutes remaining. But a valuable point was snatched from the home side as they switched off straight from the restart and Molesey scored their third and winning goal.

More new signings were introduced for Swans, with former Kingstonian and Walton Casuals’ player Dylan Casey and Orlando Smith, signed from Metropolitan Police, starting in midfield. Gary Holloway, who made his debut for Swans in May 1996 as a teenager, and went on to make over 150 appearances, played his first game for the club in over 15 years. Experienced striker Richard Pacquette, signed from Hampton & Richmond Borough, also came in.

After five minutes Smith got down the right to play the ball in low to the near-post, but Holloway put it wide. Brendan Murphy-McVey then got clear in on the right, but shot just wide of the far-post.

Molesey’s first threat came when Tom Windsor got into the left of the box, but his low cross was cleared by Cristiano Goncalves-Neto. The ball was then put well over the bar when Craig Lewington took a corner from the right. Reis Stanislaus got to the byline on the left to drive the ball low across Swans’ goal face.

Swans took the lead after 21 minutes when Smith made a good break down the left, and when he played the ball inside to Gareth Chendlik, unmarked inside the right of the box, he drove the ball past goalkeeper Liam Allen.

Molesey replied with a good strike from 30 yards by Staff Palmer that dipped just over.

With half an hour played Smith almost set up a chance for Swans when he played the ball in from the left to Pacqette inside the left of the box, but he was just denied by keeper Allen and right-back Joe Pratley-Jones.

Molesey continued to look dangerous however, and when Windsor got in on the right Swans’ keeper Liam Beach had to block a low cross. Then, with ten minutes left of the half, Beach had to make a near-post save when Palmer got into the left of the box, and when Ross Chalke got possession he was tripped by Goncalves-Neto. A penalty was awarded, and James McShane beat Beach from the spot to equalise.

After a promising start Swans had gone off the boil, and Beach had to block a close-in shot from Stanislaus after Lewington had pumped a free-kick forward into the box. With two minutes left of the half McShane played Pratley-Jones into the box, and he hooked a clear chance wide.

Soon after the resumption Stanislaus was played in on the right by McShane and Beach got a slight touch to deflect a shot wide of the far-post.

Swans had an opening when Smith got the better of Rob Sheridan on the left, but he sent his shot well wide of the far-post.

Molesey’s Stanislaus just failed to pick out Windsor in the box with a cross from the right, and Beach had to make a save when Luke Elliott followed in on the left. Beach had to make a terrific block when McShane showed fine skill before getting in a close-in shot after being played in by Pratley-Jones.

It came as no surprise when Molesey took the lead just before the hour when Palmer was played in on the left to drive a low, left-foot shot past Beach.

It was almost 3-1 to the visitors with twenty minutes remaining when Lewington took a corner on the right and Sheridan was beyond the far-post to thump a header against the bar. Beach then had to come out and save at the feet of Chalke, who had got into the right of the box.

Stanislaus drove a shot over from the left before Swans scored a surprise equaliser with just under ten minutes remaining. Following a throw-in on the right the ball fell to substitute Michael Salako just inside the box on the right, and he drove in a shot that Allen got a touch to but could not keep out.

Unfortunately Swans switched off from the restart, and when the ball was played down the middle substitute C-J. Williams failed to react to the run of Stanislaus, who poked the ball home to win it for the visitors.

Swans’ Team: Liam Beach, Stevie Panayi, Mekhail McLaughlin, James Richmond, Cristiano Goncalves-Neto (C-J. Williams-Agunabor 45’), Dylan Casey, Brendan Murphy-McVey (Lea Van Sullivan 75’), Gary Holloway, Gareth Chendlik, Richard Pacquette (Michael Salako 67’), Orlando Smith. Subs. not used: Joe Wallbanks, Gianfranco Mici. Scorers: Chendlik (21’), Salako (82’). Caution: Goncalves-Neto (35’).    

Molesey Team: Allen, Pratley-Jones, Elliott, Lewington, Robinson, Sheridan, Windsor (Grobler 84’), Chalke, Stanislaus, Palmer, McShane. Subs. not used: Okai, Charles, Samuel, Ngoy. Scorers: McShane, penalty (36’), Palmer (59’), Stanislaus (82’). Caution: Palmer (42’), Chalke (87’).