Match report - late victory vs South Park

Updated: Apr 5, 2018

There was late drama as Ryan Healy and then Billy Bishop secured us a dramatic win against South Park, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Team news

Omar Koroma, Rian O'Sullivan and Peter Adeniyi came in for Paris Hamilton-Downes, Christie Pattisson and Ola Sogbanmu, while youth team player Sefa Tunc was named among the substitutes for the first time. Ex-Robin Jordan Bird lined up for the visitors.


We began on the front foot and had a chance to test visiting keeper Thomas Miles on five minutes.

We won a free kick just outside their area which Jordan Cheadle whipped on target, but a slight deflection off Dylan Merchant's back took the ball just over the crossbar.

We kept on the front foot and Cheadle delivered a cross in from the left that found its way to Adeniyi but, from about 16 yards, he thrashed a first-time effort wide.

Then, on 14 minutes, Adeniyi turned provider as his curling cross was met by Michael Aziaya at the back post, but he couldn't guide his header on target.

South Park weren't offering much going forwards - the isolated Jack Mazzone was having to try and test Billy Bishop from 30-35 yards, but our keeper wasn't troubled.

We found it difficult to break South Park's blue wall as time ticked on, although Ben Senior did cause our fans to hold their breath as he tumbled past Kalvin Morath-Gibbs during a rare foray. The referee blew his whistle and promptly booked the forward for diving however.

One more serious opportunity came our way before the break as Adeniyi spied the run of Tommy Bradford and picked him out behind the visitors' backline. Our in-form forward took it down neatly but Miles came out quickly to smother his shot.

HALF-TIME: 0 - 0

We stayed on the front foot at the start of the second-half but frustration was starting to creep in as South Park worked tirelessly to keep us at bay.

And, even when our visitors got themselves half a chance to put us under pressure, like when they won a free kick 20 yards from goal on 52 minutes, Bishop wasn't called into action.

We threw on Pattisson and Brendan Murphy-McVey just before the hour and we began to really turn the screw.

Firstly, Murphy-McVey looked up and played a pinpoint pass into the run of Bradford but he put his free header from 12 yards just wide.

Then Bradford threaded a ball through for Pattisson which also tempted Miles to come haring out - our man got the ball round the keeper and shuffled it off to Koroma but he saw his angled shot cleared off the line by the covering Bird.

Our tails were up and, on 63 minutes, Cheadle picked out Pattisson with a fine cross-field ball and our winger whipped in an early cross that both Koroma and Bradford just couldn't latch onto from six yards.

South Park made a couple of substitutions themselves but still we came forward - Miles tipping round Cheadle's 30 yard effort at full stretch.

As thoughts around the ground no doubt turned to our recent result against Guernsey, and the disappointment it brought, Dean Lovegrove fouled Koroma 35 yards from goal in the fourth minute of added time.

Cheadle's initial strike hit the wall but he lofted the ball back in on an angle. Morath-Gibbs won it and nodded the ball back towards Healy who was completely unmarked, and he acrobatically half-volleyed the ball into the back of the net from about seven yards.

Cue pandemonium as Colston Avenue erupted - the relief and jubilation was there for all to see, but we hadn;t done the job just yet.

Going behind seemed to spark something in South Park and they won a throw-in with a minute left on the clock. The long delivery wasn't properly dealt with but, as Windsor eventually got a shot off on target from close range, Bishop spread himself and blocked it away.

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Next up

We travel to Walton Casuals on Saturday 7th April before hosting Whyteleafe on Saturday 14th April.

Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Healy, Morath-Gibbs (c), Olishaja, Cheadle; Adeniyi, Aziaya, Bradford; Sterling-Parker (Pattisson - 56), Koroma, O'Sullivan (Murphy-McVey - 56)

Unused subs: Tunc, Burns, Swaby

Goal: Healy (90)

Assist: Morath-Gibbs

Booked: Sterling-Parker, Olishaja

South Park: Miles, Lovegrove, Bird, Elliott (c) (Stafford - 64), Merchant, Windsor, McElligott, Stone, Senior, Mazzone, Adebayo (Remfry - 72)

Unused subs: Steer, Roberts, Lester

Booked: Senior, Lovegrove

Our Man of the Match: Ryan Healy

Attendance: 365

Current league position: 2nd with 87 points (Lewes top with 89)

Picture courtesy of Chris Bushe - with thanks.