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Canvey Island
AFC Hornchurch
M Tuohy (39'), M Gilbey (42')
Full time
N Livings (20')
Sat 28 Jul 15:00 - Cup Attendance 178

Canvey Island 2-1 AFC Hornchurch

Gulls Lift Charity Shield

Canvey Island picked up some early silverware, beating reigning Bostik North champions AFC Hornchurch 2-1 at The Frost Hire Stadium to lift the Isthmian Charity Shield.

Captain Steve Sheehan one the toss, electing to switch ends and play with the strong wind that was driving towards The Danny Green Community Stand in the first half.

After a quiet opening period the Urchins took the lead on 20 minutes when Nathan Livings unleashed a superb strike from 25 yards which found the top corner, beating the dive of former-Hornchurch keeper who flung himself high to his left.

Canvey Island Vs AFC Hornchurch 28/07/2018
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Canvey teams over the years have notoriously been unable to adapt to the windy conditions that being next to the Thames can produce. It looked as though this was going to be the same story until the half hour mark when they started to adjust their game.

On 35 minutes James White clipped a deep free kick into the area which found the head of Frankie Merrifield on the penalty spot, but his glancing effort went over the top corner.

The Gulls equalised on 39 minutes when the ball was played across the edge of the area from the left and found Martin Tuohy in space. The ex-Hornchurch forward took a touch before rifling a shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

Canvey then took the lead three minutes later when the ball was gifted to Mitchell Gilbey on the edge of the centre circle inside the Hornchurch half. With Frankie Merrifield to his left and Jordan Cox to his right, Gilbey used the space they created to advance to 25 yards from goal.

Using the wind to his advantage, Gilbey struck a powerful shot which goalkeeper Callum Chafer got a hand to but was unable to prevent from nestling into the top corner.

The Gulls were playing against the wind in the second half which made life much more difficult.

The tone for the half was set on 54 minutes when an in-swinging corner from Brad Warner was heading straight in, but Harry Palmer stayed alert and was able to punch the ball over the crossbar.

George Purcell was beginning to see more of the ball and with that came an inevitable threat to the Canvey goal. On 62 minutes a shot across goal from the left by Purcell was saved by Palmer diving low to his left.

Four minutes later Purcell crossed from the left to the back post and found the head of Kenzer Lee, but having risen above Jordan Brown he steered his effort wide of the target from close range.

The closest he came was on 69 minutes when Hornchurch was awarded a free kick 30 yards out on the right. Purcell struck a superb effort across goal which had Harry Palmer beaten but struck the base of the post before being cleared.

Tobi Coker soon delivered a cross back into the box from the right which Palmer had to tip over for a corner.

The Urchins pushed late on to send the match to penalties, with two good chances falling to substitute Leon McKenzie.

On 82 minutes the unleashed a shot from just outside the box which he caught well but was straight at Harry Palmer who saved into his chest.

Five minutes later McKenzie was played in behind the Canvey defence down the left, but Palmer did well to race off his line and claim the ball at the forward’s feet.

Four additional minutes were added on at the end of the second half, but the Gulls held on to claim a morale-boosting victory.

Listen: Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts

Photo: KJA Sports Images

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Harry Palmer

Player of the Match

Harry Palmer

Key moments

20:00
Goal Nathan Livings scores for AFC Hornchurch
39:00
Goal Martin Tuohy scores for Canvey Island
42:00
Goal Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island

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90:00 +4:00 Sub On
Alex Stephenson is substituted on for Canvey Island
90:00 +4:00 Sub Off
Elliott Warren is substituted off for Canvey Island
90:00 Player of the Match
Harry Palmer is awarded player of the match for Canvey Island
84:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Cooper is yellow carded for AFC Hornchurch
78:00 Yellow Card
Theo Fairweather-Johnson is yellow carded for AFC Hornchurch
76:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Gilbey is substituted off for Canvey Island
76:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
76:00 Sub On
Theo Fairweather-Johnson is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
76:00 Sub On
George Sykes is substituted on for Canvey Island
75:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Cox is yellow carded for Canvey Island
72:00 Sub On
Jamie Hursit is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
72:00 Sub Off
Dave Collis is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
72:00 Sub Off
James White is substituted off for Canvey Island
72:00 Sub On
Sam Collins is substituted on for Canvey Island
60:00 Sub Off
Nathan Livings is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
60:00 Sub On
Leon McKenzie is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
60:00 Sub Off
Brad Warner is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
45:00 Yellow Card
Frankie Merrifield is yellow carded for Canvey Island
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 2 - 1
Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island
39:00 Goal 1 - 1
Martin Tuohy scores for Canvey Island
20:00 Goal 0 - 1
Nathan Livings scores for AFC Hornchurch
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • AFC Hornchurch
  • 0
  • Nathan Livings Goal 20:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Goal 39:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Goal 42:00'
  • Frankie Merrifield Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Brad Warner Sub Off 60:00'
  • Leon McKenzie Sub On 60:00'
  • Nathan Livings Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Collins Sub On 72:00'
  • James White Sub Off 72:00'
  • Dave Collis Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jamie Hursit Sub On 72:00'
  • Jordan Cox Yellow Card 75:00'
  • George Sykes Sub On 76:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 76:00'
  • Theo Fairweather-Johnson Sub On 76:00'
  • Theo Fairweather-Johnson Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Elliott Warren Sub Off 90:00 +4:00'
  • Alex Stephenson Sub On 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

AFC Hornchurch
  • 1. Callum Chafer
  • 2. Dave Collis
  • 3. Jay Porter
  • 4. Kenzer Lee
  • 5. Nathan Cooper
  • 6. Jordan Clark
  • 7. Nathan Livings
  • 8. Lewwis Spence
  • 9. Brad Warner
  • 10. George Purcell
  • 11. Tobi Coker
  • 12. Leon McKenzie
  • 13. George Saunders
  • 14. Jamie Hursit
  • 15. Connor Hogan
  • 16. Theo Fairweather-Johnson
  • 17. Dexter Peter

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