Tuesday 25th October 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Oakside Stadium
Current Form: W L W W L W
Paul Oshin 64'
John Bricknell 66'
Omari Delgado 84'
Paul Oshin 71'
Liam Burgess 77' 2
Ben O'Brien (C)
John Bricknell 77' 1
Omari Delgado 71'
Petrit Elbi 77' 2
Barking took all three points from Oakside after suffering a second half scare as they fell behind before goals from Paul Oshin, John Bricknell and Omari Delgado kept up Barking’s impressive winning streak. The win was the Blues’ twelfth in a row and puts them nine points clear at the top.
Barking nearly found an opening goal after two minutes as James Peagram found himself through on goal but and he tried to round Mernagh in goal for Redbridge but he was able to stick a foot out and stop the ball going past him. 3 minutes later and Peagram was through again and this time was able to round Mernagh but being off balance as he shot meant the stopper had time to get back into position to make a good save. Redbridge’s first chance came after 16 minutes from a dangerous free kick which was swung into the box with a resultant shot being blocked en route to goal by Ben Higgs. Five minutes later and Redbridge had a better one as the Yellows lost the ball in defence leaving a striker through on goal who took it wide to try and get an angle to put the ball past Michael Green but Green was out quickly and made a vital save before collecting the ball. Barking regained their foothold after the halfway mark of the first half as John Bricknell put Joe Pearman through on goal but again Mernagh stood tall to deny Pearman’s shot with his feet. It took until the 43rd minute for another chance as Ricky Tarbard side footed the ball over the bar after some good football. Oshin also saw his shot go wide after a knock down from Peagram. The final chance also fell to Barking as a corner was cleared but Pearman swung the ball back into box where it found Higgs at the far post but his sidefooted attempt was palmed over the bar by Mernagh.
Barking started the second half on the front foot as they pressured Redbridge from kick off resulting in regaining the ball near the Redbridge penalty area – Joe Pearman worked his way into the box before being tripped from behind for a penalty. John Bricknell stepped up to take the penalty but saw his low effort too close to Mernagh who dived slightly to his left to make the save.
Barking were punished for their profligacy in front of goal as from their own free kick Redbridge counterattacked thanks to the pace of former Barking player David Sangolo who was lucky to break past the sliding tackle of Ricky Tarbard but found himself through on goal and although Green stood tall and managed to get a leg to the ball it found its way past and Higgs was unable to stop the ball crossing the line. Barking were not put off their natural game however and continued to control possession and finally got their reward after 64 minutes as a cross by Higgs originally evaded everyone before Pearman attempted a volley which was blocked but found the feet of Paul Oshin who shot hard into the right side of the net for the equaliser.
Barking added a second two minutes later as Higgs from the right wing found John Bricknell inside the box where he made some space before shooting low and hard across the goalkeeper into the bottom left corner of the net. From there Barking were secure with the ball and prevented Redbridge from getting near the Barking goal with Green simply needed to mop up any high balls.
The Yellows made sure of all three points and to put the disappointment of Saturday behind them as substitute Petrit Elbi – on his first appearance back from injury – won the ball in midfield and played Peagram through on goal with a powerful through ball and Peagram unselfishly squared to Omari Delgado who tapped into the empty net to secure
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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