Bromley made the trip to Fratton Park on Wednesday evening to lock horns with Portsmouth in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup, having beaten Bedfont Sports 2-1 in dramatic fashion at Hayes Lane less than a week earlier. Portsmouth earned their place in the Second Round having beaten Didcot Town 4-2.
The Ravens enjoyed an even start to the game and were positive in attack, with Kellen Fisher and Andreas Aranganthan putting themselves about in attack and causing the hosts some problems.
On 17 minutes, an excellent free kick from Liam Vincent arrived at the back post, where Alessio Akaguogu rose highest, but could only head across the face of goal and wide.
Three minutes later, the Ravens would fall behind. Good wing play down the right and a pinpoint cross resulted in a simple finish at the back post.
However, just seven minutes later, Bromley would have a deserved equaliser. Soul Kader’s flick wasn’t cleared by Portsmouth, and Vincent’s persistence would pay off, as he charged down the defender and won the ball, before finishing from close range.
It remained that way until the half time interval, with the match finely poised for a competitive second half.
Bromley started the much better of the two sides, and could have taken the lead on 54 minutes. Kellen Fisher’s outstanding run and cross found the sliding Kader inside the six yard box, but he was denied by an excellent save from the goalkeeper.
Ryan McCourt was soon tested at the other end, as a Portsmouth forward closed in on goal and tried to finish across him, but he got down low to make a brave block and prevent a certain goal.
However, after a quiet period, the Ravens would take a dramatic late lead, with just three minutes left on the clock. A troublesome corner delivery wasn’t cleared convincingly by Pompey, and Ben Krauhaus was in the right place at the right time to rifle the Ravens into the lead.
The Ravens held on, despite a late onslaught from the hosts, and secured a place in the Third Round and a historic victory at Fratton Park.
Bromley will now face either Swindon Town or Met Police in the next round.
Bromley XI: McCourt, Motobaluti, Vincent, Smith, McCarthy (C), Akaguogu, Fisher (Lewis), Obembe, Aranganthan (Igbesoko), Krauhaus, Kader
Unused substitutes: Nicholas, Wilkinson, Reid-Newth, Cousins, Jackson