Tuesday 8th November 2016
Essex Senior Cup -
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W L W L W W
Paul Oshin 45+1'
James Peagram 58' 65'
John Bricknell 67'
Omari Delgado 83'
Glen Golby 25'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Petrit Elbi 62'
James Peagram 25'
John Bricknell 62'
Grays Athletic 2
BARKING SHOCK GRAYS IN ESSEX SENIOR CUP
A second half blitz from Barking resulted in a shock as the Essex Senior League side defeated Ryman Premier side Grays Athletic 5-2 at Mayesbrook Park. Grays took the lead thanks to Richard Pacquette before Paul Oshin equalised on the stroke of half time. Second half goals then followed for James Peagram (2), John Bricknell and Omari Delgado.
Paul Oshin saw an early header collected by the goalkeeper with Petrit Elbi also seeing the same happen after he directed Ben Higgs poke into the box towards goal. Grays first chance was the best of the game so far in the 17th minute as a flick on saw their number 7 through on goal against Green whose shot hit the root of the post with the rebound falling to a Grays striker who shot low towards goal but it was blocked on the line by Glen Golby. This was Glen’s last involvement in the game as he was forced off with a minor muscle injury – with unavailability, injury and suspension affecting the back line as Joe Staunton was pushed back into central defence to partner another centre midfielder in Ben O’Brien. Barking went close after 22 minutes as Joe Pearman’s long throw was flicked on by O’Brien to Petrit Elbi who with his back to goal improvised an overhead kick but the attempt hit the bar rather than finding the goal. Pearman, Elbi and Delgado all saw long range efforts and half chances creep just wide of the post. Grays, slightly against the run of play, then took the lead as another attack from the left wing – from the always dangerous number 7 saw a cross to the penalty spot where it found Richard Pacquette who shot low and hard into the net to Green’s left. The lead was nearly doubled two minutes later as a cross/shot from the left wing smacked the post before the rebound from a narrow angle hit the root of the post before going out of play. The Blues (playing in Yellow) grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half time as a Ben O’Brien header from a Pearman corner caused a goalmouth scramble before it fell to Paul Oshin who smacked the ball home to put scores at 1-1 going into the second half.
The chances kept coming for both sides in the second half as Grays saw a quick free kick headed over the bar before Delgado blazed a shot over the bar from another long throw. Barking did grab the lead after 58 minutes as Pearman’s long throw was headed to the edge of the box by O’Brien where it was met by James Peagram who powered a volley across the goalkeeper and found the bottom right corner of the net.
The Yellows pressure continued and they were rewarded with a third after 65 minutes as Delgado found himself on goal but from a narrow angle – his shot was saved by the feet of the goalkeeper but as it trickled across the goal line a Grays defender tried to clear the ball but it was blocked by JamesPeagram with the ball rebounding into the net.
Barking had another goal two minutes later thanks to some great work by Delgado who turned a defender inside out on the right wing of the box before a low dangerous cross found John Bricknell who bundled the ball into the net for an unlikely 4-1 lead for Barking. It was nearly 5 a minute later as stand-in centre back Joe Staunton collected the ball in the centre circle and with the goalkeeper off his line attempted an audacious lob and the goalkeeper could only look and breathe a sigh of relief as the ball hit the crossbar and went out of play. With 15 minutes left Delgado played the ball through the legs of defender as he cut in from the left wing but no one was on the end of his powerful cross/shot across goal. Grays continued to be dangerous going forward as Green was forced into a good save as he palmed a dangerous free kick onto the bar. Delgado nearly got his deserved goal with eight minutes to go as he drove past two defenders but was denied by a good save from the Grays stopper. A minute later however and the goalkeeper was powerless as Joe Pearman played the ball down the left wing to Omari Delgado who played the ball through the legs of the defender (again) to cut into the box before powerfully striking the ball into the roof of the net.
There was time for a late consolation as a cross from the right wing was powered into the goal at the near post but it is Barking who advance to the next round where they will face Chelmsford City at Mayesbrook Park.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
Any opinions expressed in this report are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Barking Football Club.