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Report | Millwall U18s 9-1 Woodbridge Town U18s

16 November 2015

Full-time from The Den

Mikael Ndjoli grabbed four goals as Millwall booked an FA Youth Cup Third Round trip to Charlton Athletic with an emphatic victory against Woodbridge Town.

Ndjoli's quartet was the icing on the cake of a super display from Larry McAvoy and David Connolly's young Lions, who showed no mercy against their battling non-League opponents.

It took just three minutes for Millwall to make the breakthrough when a corner from Matthew Campbell-Mhlope picked out Rian Bray and although the defender's header was cleared off the line the ball fell invitingly for fellow centre-half James White, who lashed into the roof of the net from close range.

Just five minutes later it was 2-0; Ebere Eze pounced on a slip by Cameron Panich and threaded the ball  through to Ndjoli, who provide a perfect crisp finish beyond the reach of Alfie Stronge in the Peckers goal.

By the 13th-minute, the rampant Lions had chalked up a third goal when right-back James Brown charged down the flank and swung over a cross that was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Harry Knights.

Woodbridge tried to get a foothold in the game but found it impossible to settle as the vibrant, energetic and strong Lions dominated for long spells.

Some superb trickery by Eze could have produced a fourth goal when he weaved his way past three defenders, only to see his shot saved by keeper Stronge.

However another goal was always on the cards for The Lions, and it duly arrived in the 26th-minute courtesy of another pristine finish by Ndjoli, this time latching onto Eze's slide-rule pass and giving the keeper no chance.

It was a fantastic five goals for Millwall just seconds later. Campbell-Mhlope did the hard work with some super skill on the left flank to create some space, and finished with a dinked shot beyond Stronge.

Eze Ebuzoeme, who was involved in a number of sweeping forward moves throughout, was close to getting an assist with a tremendous cross-field pass that picked out Alex Mulrooney-Skinner on the opposite flank, but the latter couldn't apply the finishing touch.

Leading 5-0 at the break the danger was always going to be that Millwall sat back, but that did not prove to be the case at all and the youngsters maintained the tempo and momentum of their first-half performance by adding a further four goals after the break.

Ndjoli fired narrowly wide of the post and then saw a 51st-minute effort ruled out for off-side as The Lions hunted for further goals to add to their tally.

They didn't have to wait much longer, however, with an unbelievable effort from left-back Chesmain to make it 6-0 on 54 minutes. Picking up the ball on the right, Chesmain picked off a handful of defenders before smashing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

It could have been seven two minutes later, only for Eze's cheeky flick to be ruled out by the tightest of off-side decisions.

Woodbridge were wobbling under an onslaught from the home side and goal number seven duly arrived on 58 minutes courtesy of Ndjoli's twice-taken penalty, the striker sending Stronge the wrong way to complete his hat-trick.

The visitors reduced the deficit on 62 minutes with a smart finish from Callum Harvey, who took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration in the Millwall defence to fire past Harry Girling.

Normal service was resumed and Ndjoli had a chance to grab his fourth of the game, but squeezed a shot from sub Lewis White's cross wide of the target.

Eze curled a free-kick a fraction off target as The Lions kept their foot on the gas and an eighth goal arrived with nine minutes remaining. James Brown fed Ndjoli who rounded the keeper and calmly slotted home his fourth of the game.

Sub White completed the rout two minutes from time, beating a couple of defenders in the box before smashing home into the roof of the net. It was as emphatic a finish as Millwall's display had been throughout, and put the seal on an excellent night's work by the team.

Millwall: Girling, Brown, Chesmain, Donovan (Fitzgerald, 46mins), Bray, White, Campbell-Mhlope (White, 61mins), Ebuzoeme, Ndjoli, Eze, Mulrooney-Skinner. Subs not used: McNamara, Leighton.

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