Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Competition: Velocity Trophy Group Two
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: Montel Joseph, Jed Chouman, Jack Roult, Ryan Mallett, Daniel Flemming, Jack Hayes, Junior Dadson, Abs Seymour (C), Theo Fairweather-Johnson, Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Fahad Nyanja
Substitutes: Donnell Anderson, Johnny Ashman, Kojo Apenteng, Emmanuel Ighorae, Billy Reynolds
62' Ighorae Nyanja
73' Anderson Seymour
75' Ashman Fairweather-Johnson
79' Reynolds Roult
79' Apenteng Hughes-Mason
Yellow cards: Mallett
Red cards: None
GRAYS FAIL TO SPOIL HOMECOMING
In an exciting game that could of had more than the five goals that were scored the Blues made a winning return to Mayesbrook and kept up their 100% cup record so far this season.
Grays rang the changes from their game with Heybridge Swifts on Saturday with only six players of tonight's 15 being involved and only then four were included in the starting eleven and the other two were unused substitutes.
Justin Gardner also rang the changes with seven from the Bedfont starting line up and this gave valuable minutes to players like Junior Dadson and Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Kiernan Hughes-Mason was included for the first time since returning from New Zealand.
This season the format of the Velocity has been revamped and the initial stages are now played in groups with the winners of each group progressing to the last 32 where they will meet teams from the premier division. The rules for the competition have also changed where drawn group games will go to a penalty shoot out and the winner gaining an extra point and all five substitutes can be used within the 90 minutes.
After an even opening ten minutes the game burst into life with a twice taken free kick: on the second attempt Abs Seymour played the ball to Kiernan Hughes-Mason and despite being some distance from goal, he unleashed a low fizzing shot which beat Grays keeper Connor Pearce and found the left side of the net to put the Blues one up.
The lead only lasted three minutes as Grays had their own free kick from which a header hit the post and Montel Joseph made a superb stop to deny the visitors - the follow up corner was punched away by Joseph but only as far as Kolawoje Oshun whose header was cleared off the line by Jed Chouman but the Assistant Referee ruled it had already crossed the line. After this the game dipped in quality as both sides tried to retake the lead. But it was Barking who struck again on 32 when following a Jack Roult throw good work by Junior Dadson and Theo Fairweather-Johnson ended with the ball back at Roult’s feet, his cross eluded Seymour but found Ryan Mallett in space and he hammered the ball high into the net to restore the lead. Junior Dadson then began to exert more influence on the game as the interval approached: firstly a run inside the penalty area ended with a powerful shot which Pearce palmed away and from the followup play Fairweather-Johnson curled an effort over the bar. With two minutes left in the half Dadson went on another powerful run and this time Pearce turned his shot away for a corner.
The trend continued after the break with just three minutes gone Hughes-Mason released Fairweather-Johnson and like Dadson unleashed a powerful effort which beat Pearce but cannoned back off the post and bounced to safety. A Seymour corner was headed back across goal by Fairweather-Johnson to Daniel Flemming, who again enjoyed a strong defensive performance could not twist his neck enough to get the telling contact. As the half neared the midway point it was felt there were more goals in the game but it was a case of which side would strike first. A Grays free kick was played into the Barking area and only a one handed save from Joseph prevented an equaliser. The Roult/Dadson combination continued to prove effective and another move between them ended with a Dadson cross which Seymour slotted home only to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag. On 80 minutes Barking took a step towards victory when Johnny Ashman picked himself up after being fouled and drove his low free kick into the area and it found the net via a deflection. Just a minute later Grays nearly cut the deficit but although being well placed their attacker hit the bar.
Victory was sealed on 88 minutes when a superb ball from sub Donnell Anderson found fellow sub Emmanuel Ighorae who powered into the area and buried the ball past Pearce for our fourth goal. In the remaining minutes Dadson was denied twice by Pearce as the action continued up until the last.
The cup is again our focus on Saturday when we travel to Kings Langley for a FA Cup first qualifying round tie.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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