Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019
Competition: London Senior Cup First Round
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Donnell Anderson, Jack Hayes, Jack Roult, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Sheri Artmeladze, Junior Dadson,
Substitutes: Kenidi Dariri, Sam Owusu, Kojo Apenteng, Johnny Ashman, Max Bradford
57' Owusu Anderson
66' Apenteng Boakye-Yiadom
81' Dariri Artmeladze
Yellow cards: Seymour
Red cards: None
DIXON TREBLE STALLS THE MOTORMEN
In a game that was only confirmed on Monday evening Barking emerged winners in a nine goal see-saw game. Our three home games In September have yielded 21 goals and it seems Mayesbrook Park is the place for goals on a Tuesday night.
On the playing front Michael Dixon made his first start and followed on from his match winner on Saturday with a hat trick to leap to the top of our scoring charts and an unused sub was our latest signing Max Bradford.
Making his debut as a second half substitute was 17year old Kenidi Dariri, who has been playing for our academy and Under 23’s this season and now the first team: he looks to have a fine future ahead of him.
Redbridge included a clutch of former Blues including Dan Gilchrist - who bagged a hat trick himself, James Barlow, Timi Abiola, Liam Burgess and Luke Stanley.
The opening period was just rushed and with not much direction as the game settled into a pattern with the only real effort of note was a shot from Sheri Artmeladze which just cleared the bar. Barking went in front on ten minutes when good work by Artmeladze freed Michael Dixon who despite being wide of the goal managed to beat Martin George in the Redbridge goal. Four minutes later a Jack Roult cross finds a well placed Nana Boakye-Yiadom but his header was wide of the goal. After scoring and despite pushing forward Barking were unable to find any real cutting edge, but on 27.minutes Boakye-Yiadom battled through under pressure and prodded the ball goal wards but Reece Latimer made a last ditch clearance and not all of the ball had crossed the line. It took another 24 minutes for the home side to score their second when the ball was moved around nicely and Boakye-Yiadom’s cross was smartly finished at the far post by Junior Dadson for his first Barking goal. With just a minute to the interval Redbridge were back in it and from a Barking point of view it was a sloppy goal to give away. From our own corner the ball was cleared and facing his own Donnell Anderson played a poor pass meant for Jordan Peart but was not near him and it freed Dan Gilchrist and with Montel Joseph rushing from his goal to close the space, Gilchrist as we know can finish and he did from distance to reduce the arrears.The two goal cushion was regained in the 45 minute as a again good approach play ended with Dixon turning provider and Jack Roult nudged in the cross from close range for his first senior goal.
It took just two minutes into the second half when Jack Roult went from saint to sinner as he committed a poor challenge to give Redbridge a penalty. Gilchrist stepped up to take it and although Joseph saved the initial effort, Gilchrist was first to the rebound and reduced the arrears to a single goal. Just after the hour Dixon came close to scoring when receiving a short throw in, he shielded the ball, turned and fired in a low shot which George did well to turn away for a corner. On 63 after receiving the ball in his own half Junior Dadson went on a powerful run which ended with a shot which flashed just wide of the goal, four minutes later Barking restored the two goal cushion when a cross field from Abs Seymour found Sheri Artmeladze who closed in on goal and planted a powerful shot into the net for 4-2.A clever flick by Dixon set sub Kojo Apenteng free into the area but he could not keep his shot down. Just when things seemed to be moving along nicely up popped Dan Gilchrist to complete his hat trick: again Joseph saved the first shot but the Redbridge striker was first and there was just a single goal between the teams. With thirteen minutes Barking were two goals in front again - Michael Dixon received the ball from a throw-in, moved cleverly across the penalty area and then delivered a quality finish into the far corner of the net for an excellent example of centre forward play. Redbridge tried to come again and a cross flashed across our goal with thankfully no in a red shirt able to finish. With nine minutes left and after a spell of “pinball football” Dadson found himself in a promising position, but although he got his shot away and was on target George in the visiting goal was able to hold onto the ball. Four minutes from time and the game was up for Redbridge when from their corner (sounds familiar) Seymour played Michael Dixon in on goal and despite having a distance to run with the ball and being alert enough to look around for friend or foe he took the ball around George and fired home for a hat trick in only his second game for us. Barking managed the rest of the game out to claim an away tie at Tooting & Mitcham United in the second round.
It is now back to the schedule and Friday night we entertain Brentwood Town at Mayesbrook Park in the Velocity Trophy kick off 7:45pm.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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