Match Report: Bromley 1-2 Millwall

Bromley v Millwall - Saturday 16th July 2016 - Hayes Lane - #WeAreBromley

Bromley welcomed another full strength League 1 side to Hayes Lane on Saturday, this time in the form of Millwall.

It was the visitors who drew first blood. Four minutes in, a pinpoint cross was headed in via the crossbar from close range by Millwall forward Fred Onyedinma, leaving Julian in the Bromley goal stranded. Mahlon Romeo then unleashed a piledriver at goal, but Julian reacted superbly to palm the stinging strike away from goal, and Steve Morison could only put the follow up into the side netting.

Bromley began to surge forwards and Tobi Sho-Silva saw a powerful effort blocked by a defender, before setting up George Porter, but the winger was unable to get a shot away after a well timed last ditch tackle.

Ben Thompson later had a dipping effort from just outside the penalty area easily fielded by Julian, after a swift counter attack. The Lions continued to apply the pressure, and it so nearly paid off. Ex-Fulham defender Shaun Hutchinson’s header was bound for the bottom corner, but for a superb diving save to deny him.

Bromley’s reaction was a positive one, and just minutes later, they equalised thanks to Tobi Sho-Silva. The ex-Charlton man was alert to incercept Sid Nelson’s poor headed backpass, before rounding veteran stopper David Forde and finishing from an angle.

However, two minutes after, and Millwall were ahead once again. Lee Gregory clinically finished off a free flowing counter attack with ease, finishing from halfway inside the penalty area.

The end to end nature of the game continued, and Sho-Silva nearly levelled things up once again, but his scuffed header from Joe Howe’s cross was just wide. Julian continued his fine form in the Bromley goal, as he tipped Morison’s curling effort wide after it seemed destined for the top corner.

The visitors started off the second half as they finished the first, and within minutes Julian was called into action again to deny David Worrall. Blair Turgott, fresh from scoring a free kick against Charlton days before, crashed a similar effort off the upright as Bromley sought an equaliser. 15 minutes into the second half, Millwall brought on a whole new XI, and Jamie Philpot nearly made his mark immediately, but headed wide from a corner.

As chances gradually came few and far between, Bradley Goldberg had a half blocked shot saved by Archer, following good work from Tom O’Connor, before Webster headed over for the visitors. With the last kick of the game, Goldberg had a tame shot saved by Archer.

After a less entertaining second half, a changed Bromley side were unable to equalise, but can be pleased with several impressive individual performances.

Bromley: Julian, Howe, Anderson, Chorley (Swaine 45’), Robinson (Holland 45’), Prestedge (Johnson 69’), Sammoutis (O’Connor 57’), Sho-Silva (Oyinsan 60’), G. Porter (Goldberg 69’), Turgott, Martin (Dymond 50’)

Subs: Swaine, Holland, Johnson, Makahsini, Osborne, Dymond, Goldberg, M.Porter, O’Connor, Hoare, Oyinsan.

Millwall: Forde, Hutchinson, Worrall, Thompson, Gregory, Onyedinma, Romeo, Nelson, Morison, Abdou, Chesmain

Subs: Craig, Williams, Wylde, Archer (GK), Webster, O’Brien, Twardek, Philpot, Pavey, Brown, Rooney, Farrell.