Tuesday 4th December 2018
London Senior Cup Second Round
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Attendance: 38
Current Form:

Joe Bruce 15' Pen

Joe Bruce 53' Pen

Joe Bruce 57' Pen

Darelle Russell 72'

Tim Brown

Jack McQueen

Jordan Peart 63'

Jack Edwards

Joe Bruce

Ryan Cosson

Rashid Kamara

Abs Seymour (C) 75'

Darelle Russell

Daniel Cheema

Gary Cohen 66'

Michael Mignot 66'

Ola Ogunwamide 63'

Ben O'Brien

Ross Elsom 75'

Larry Akanbi

Barking 4

Tower Hamlets 0


Barking progressed to the quarter finals of the London Senior cup for the first time in over a decade with a comfortable win over Justin Gardner's old team Tower Hamlets: who themselves never gave up and at times the game was not as one sided as the score suggests. Joe Bruce took his season tally to five goals (all from the spot) and in doing so became only the second Barking player to score a hat trick of penalties: the other was Dave Hearne in March 1963.

There was a fairly even and at times frenetic opening period to the game with Barking's most dangerous weapon being Abs Seymour's free kick delivery, twice finding the head of Gary Cohen who headed just wide of the visitors goal. On 15 minutes Barking were ahead when former Blue Tola Odedoyin appeared to bundle over Darelle Russell and the referee pointed to the spot, Joe Bruce confidently beat Hamlets keeper Charlie Casey to put the home side in front. Boosted by taking the lead Barking went on the offensive with a Seymour cross that Russell was not able to convert and a Jordan Peart shot which was palmed away by Casey. Another Peart shot was blocked and Rashid Kamara's effort from the rebound also suffered the same fate. Gary Cohen's shot was blocked by the feet of Casey as Barking finished the half on top.

The second half started much the same as the first ended with Barking on the attack: good work from Cohen led to a series of corners. However, a clumsy push by Hamlets player/manager AJ Ashanike on Cohen gave us another spot kick, again Joe Bruce was the taker and the result was the same. On 57 minutes Barking were awarded a third penalty when Jack McQueen's high ball into the box led to Peart and Casey both going for the ball and the referee judged the resulting collision to be a foul and pointed to the spot again for a very harsh decision. Joe Bruce made no mistake again to complete his unusual hat trick. Shortly afterwards the visitors had their best chance but Tim Brown made a good save and Hamlets were out of luck again. It was then Barking's turn to feel aggrieved as Peart's run into the box was halted by a clear foul (and another penalty), the referee this time was not interested. However shortly afterwards Peart was subbed for Ola Ogunwamide clearly still feeling the effects of the challenge. Brown made another good save: this time from another ex-Blue Wale Odedoyin. On 72 the game was sealed and this time not from the spot as Daniel Cheema released Darelle Russell who powered forward and planted a curling shot into the corner of the net. Chances continued to be created: from a cleared free kick in our own half Ogunwamide's run ended in a cross which just eluded fellow sub Michael Mignot, the final chance of note came with good work by Mignot and Kamara set Russell free to cross and Cheema just fired.

We now return to league action as with a home game on Saturday against Grays Athletic and our quarter final against conference South side Dulwich Hamlet will in all probability be in early 2019.

Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC

Please note that the opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to Barking Football Club.



Our first goal scored by Joe Bruce from the spot

Our second goal scored by Joe Bruce from the spot

Our third goal scored by Joe Bruce from the spot

Our fourth goal scored by Darelle Russell

Match highlights

Videos courtesy of Ashley Hanson

More goals and highlights on our YouTube channel

More goals and highlights at our YouTube channel

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