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Winning start to new season for Bromley
9:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in Latest Sport
BROMLEY opened the season with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Hayes & Yeading United.
Starting with only three players who were in the team in the closing weeks of last season, and an unfamiliar yellow kit, Bromley had a very strange look about them.
The home side opened brightly as Frankie Merryfield curled an effort just wide after only two minutes.
Debutante keeper Lewis Carey saved well from Jake Reid five minutes later after Luke Williams had cut in from the left to give Reid his chance.
Hayes & Yeading continued to push forward at every opportunity and Carey did well again to hold onto a shot-cum-cross from Kameron English on the quarter hour.
Bromley gradually got a foothold in the match with Brendan Kiernan’s 25th minute goal-bound shot deflected high over the bar and then Steve Smith’s effort was saved by Hayes & Yeading keeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz five minutes later.
A flowing movement involving four players culminated with Pierre Joseph-Dubois curling his shot just wide of the far upright before Bromley opened the scoring on 32 minutes.
Hayes & Yeading failed to clear their lines and Bradley Goldberg caught Charlie Wassmer in two minds with the ball breaking to Kiernan, who stroked it home from just inside the area.
The hosts went close on two or three occasions before the interval, the best chance coming in the 41st minute when Reid clipped the top of the bar with a rasping drive which fortunately went behind.
The second period saw Hayes & Yeading raise their game and press hard for an equaliser. Merryfield and Wassmer both went close before Reid scooped an effort over the bar from close range.
However, Bromley held firm and might have added to the score on 66 minutes when Goldberg shot wildly over from a good position after Kiernan’s long cross-field pass had put the striker clear.
Jaimez-Ruiz saved well from Goldberg, Joe Anderson did well to clear Like Medley’s close range shot on the turn off the line on and then Joseph-Dubois was denied at the other end by Jamiez-Ruiz a few minutes later.
Bromley made sure of the points on 83 minutes by doubling their advantage.
Kiernan’s left wing cross was cleared back out to him and his second delivery found Joseph-Dubois, who did well to control the ball under pressure from two defenders before calmly placing a shot past an unsighted keeper into the corner of the net.
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Bromley: Carey, Pooley, Anderson, Smith (Nicholls 87), Swaine, Holland, Joseph-Dubois, Buchanan, Goldberg (Mullings 72), May, Kiernan. Subs not used: Jones, Clarke, McBean. Att: 173.
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