Wednesday 14th September 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Goffs Lane
Attendance: 35
Current Form: W D L W W W

Joe Pearman 30'

James Peagram 56'

Ben O'Brien 90+2'

Michael Green

Ricky Tarbard

Timi Abiola

Paul Oshin 82'

Billy Sendall 85'

Jay Taylor

Joe Pearman 68'

Ben O'Brien (C)

James Peagram

Petrit Elbi

Liam Burgess

Matheus Santos 68'

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou

Steve Willis

Glen Golby 85'

Eton Manor 0
Barking 3


Barking recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory against Eton Manor at Goff’s Oak. A first half goal by Joe Pearman was added to in the second half by James Peagram and Ben O’Brien as the Blues (playing in yellow) secured all three points. Barking will hope to continue their good form as they travel to Cricklefields for the second time of the season this time to face Ilford on Saturday.

The first good chance of the game fell to Barking after six minutes as a long drop kick by Michael Green in goal was flicked further on by Paul Oshin where it was picked up by Joe Pearman who saw his dipping effort clear the bar. James Peagram had a dead ball chance quickly after but curling free kick was just wide of the post. The tempo slowed down as it took until the 23rd minute for the next good chance as it again fell to Barking as Petrit Elbi won the ball of a defender in the right wing position before swinging a bouncing cross into the box where it met the head of Peagram who directed the ball towards goal but Stojic in the Eton Manor goal was equal to it to palm it away. Eton Manor were dangerous on the break and nearly had a fortuitous lead after 27 minutes as a cross from the left wing deflected off the outstretched thigh of Ben O’Brien but to his relief crept wide of the post. Barking defended the resulting corner well and then put on pressure that eventually led to a goal – James Peagram found himself through on goal but his attempt was palmed into the air by the goalkeeper with a defender clearing the ball as it made its way towards goal. The ball came into the centre of the pitch where it was knocked back towards the six yard box where it found Joe Pearman who watched the ball fall before volleying across Stojic and into the left side of the net. Barking continued to keep the ball well but didn’t make any more inroads towards goal until just before half time as a long throw by Joe Pearman was flicked on towards goal by Billy Sendall but Stojic did well to athletically tip the ball over the bar to keep the score down to 1-0 at half time.

The second half started calmly but the first chance of the half fell to Barking and it proved vital as O’Brien set a captain’s example as he won two headers to set Elbi down the right wing – he again played the ball across goal - but this time James Peagram found the net as he poked the ball ahead of the defender and then getting a deft touch ahead of the goalkeeper to see the ball bounce into the bottom left corner of the net. Peagram could have had a second nearly ten minutes later but he was denied by the legs of Stojic as he attempted to beat the keeper. Eton Manor came close to ensuring a nervy 20 minutes as Sykes powered his way into left side of the box – his shot from a narrow angle was saved by Green but the rebound quickly came to a striker who could not react quick enough as the ball hit him and looped into the hands of Green who prevented the ball crossing the line despite some appeals. Despite not scoring, Manor were buoyed by this chance and had another good attempt after an attempted clearance by Jay Taylor, making his second appearance of the season with Steve Willis, Bradley Ling and Ben Higgs all unavailable, was accidentally blocked by Matheus Santos but to his relief the shot went wide of the goal. The home side continued to push forward and saw a fantastic chance nearly end up on the motorway as a right wing cross was flicked on at the near post but the volley from 12 yards was well over the bar. Barking still looked dangerous while going forward and should have had a third with ten minutes remaining as Stojic palmed a corner into the path of Paul Oshin but he headed wide from close range.

Barking made sure that they were not to regret the missed chances as they saw out the last ten minutes as the better team – mainly thanks to possession in the Eton Manor half by substitutes Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou and Matheus Santos. The reward for the late attacking came with virtually the last kick of the game as a Wackers-Kyriacou passed a short corner to Peagram on the right corner of the box who sidefooted a shot towards goal but the curling effort was met by the fingertips of the unsighted Stojic but this only directed into path of Ben O’Brien who punted the ball into the open net to confirm the victory and three points.

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.

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