Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Competition: BetVictor I Isthmian League South Central
Venue: The Campus Society Stadium
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Sam Owusu, Jack Hayes, Steven Sardinha, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Rob Brown, Emmnauel Ighorae
Substitutes: Kristof Maytas, Sherri Artmeladze, Kenidi Dariri, Michael Dixon,Junior Dadson
46' Artmeladze Brown
70' Maytas Ighorae
85' Boakye-Yiadom Dixon
Yellow cards: Matyas
Red cards: Seymour
DEJA VU AT TOOTING
Back on November 2nd Barking suffered their last defeat to Tooting & Mitcham at the Campus Society Stadium by a single goal with the Blues having a man dismissed in the second half, tonight in the London Senior Cup they lost by a single goal and had Abs Seymour sent off in the second half to make it a familiar story and in hindsight both teams should of had more goals than the single strike that separated the sides.
Justin Gardner rotated his squad with a number of changes from Saturday’s win at Chipstead and one change of note was Rob Brown making his first start.
Of the two sides Tooting started the better and made most of the running and on nine only a timely interception by Jack Hayes stopped a clear run on goal. This was only a temporary reprieve as two minute later the ball was surrendered in midfield and this allowed Jamarie Brissettto unleashed a powerful shot to beat Montel Joseph and score what transpired to be the winner. As Barking strove to create a chance that would bring the equaliser the home side had multiple efforts but a lot of them were not on target. With 37 gone Joseph was the saviour of Barking as somehow, he managed to keep out a Tooting effort with his feet from a standing position when a second goal looked certain and make a superb stop. With time running out in the first half we had our best chance of equaliser when a passing move that involved Steven Sardinha, Rob Brown and Johnny Ashman set up Nana Boakye-Yiadom but he fired over and we went into the break a goal down.
At the start of the second half Sherri Artmeladze replaced Rob Brown in a move which no doubt hoped to utilise Sherri’s running with the ball to unsettle the home side. However, it was Tooting who went close again on 47 and then Barking had their first big chance of the match when Artmeladze found Boakye-Yiadom and although through on goal his shot was stopped by the body of home keeper James Shaw. We reached the 52nd minute and Tooting had two chances to double their lead: firstly, a shot from wide right was beaten away by Joseph with a low save but an incoming attacker from the left unleashed a better shot which smacked the post and bounced away. Just after there was another good chance to equalise when an Ashman cross deep to the far post found Emmanuel Ighorae who despite being wider than he would of liked hit a meaty shot that Shaw again blocked with his body at the expense of the corner. Our task became all the more difficult on 64 when Abs Seymour was dismissed for a foul that occurred just after the whistle went for a Barking free kick - a decision that reversed when play restarted. Down to ten men the yellow shirted Blues didn’t give up and on 71 Boakye-Yiadom did have the ball in the net from a Ricky Tarbard cross but it failed to count as the Assistant’s flag was up for offside. Ten minutes from the end our last chance came and went when a cross from Ashman found Boakye-Yiadom but his body shape and position were not quite right and the ball flew wide and so our London Senior Cup came to an end at the second hurdle.
On Saturday we travel to table toppers Hanwell Town in what will no doubt be a tough game and will give the first team management a benchmark of how far the players have come in the recent weeks.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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