Tuesday 27th September 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W W D W W W
James Peagram 51'
Paul Oshin 55'
Petrit Elbi 62' 85'
Matheus Santos 67'
Timi Abiola 78'
Matheus Santos 67'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Billy Rix 78'
West Essex 0
BARKING’S SECOND HALF HIGH FIVE
Barking delivered a second half rout as they scored five second half goals without reply in an “away” match against tenants West Essex. Two goals for Petrit Elbi and one each for James Peagram, Paul Oshin and Matheus Santos secured the season’s double against West Essex – scoring 8 goals without reply. Barking will now travel to top of the table Takeley on Saturday.
A slow start saw only two chances in the first 20 minutes – a cross by Santos was acrobatically kicked wide by James Peagram and Peagram was involved in the second chance but he was unable to latch onto a long ball over the top of the defence and poke the ball past the goalkeeper. Peagram again went close after 22 minutes as Paul Oshin was fouled on the edge of the box. Peagram stepped up to curl the free kick around the wall but the goalkeeper was equal to it to palm it around the post. It took until the 41st minute for the next, and arguably the best, chance. Joe Pearman’s short corner into space in the box was met by the onrushing Ricky Tarbard but his sidefooted attempt was blocked en route to goal – the rebound fell to fellow former Academy Scholar Santos on the edge of the box who attempted to replicate his finish against Wivenhoe but this time he saw his effort smack the post with the goalkeeper motionless. James Peagram dragged another shot wide to mark the end of a frustrating half for the Blues.
Etiam enim dui, dictum vitae lobortis quis, placerat feugiat The second half started again with Barking pushing for a goal as with a minute on the clock Santos was denied by the feet of the goalkeeper after being put through on goal by Paul Oshin. Barking did finally have the lead after 51 minutes a long free kick by ‘stopper Michael Green was headed down by Oshin where it was met by Petrit Elbi who flicked the ball through to James Peagram who free of defenders calmly slotted the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post. Barking doubled the lead four minutes later as Joe Pearman’s far post corner was met by Ben O’Brien who headed the ball into the six yard box where Paul Oshin was the first to react and stretched to poke the ball past the goalkeeper for the Blues’ second of the game and his second in as many games. The onslaught continued and Barking had their third after 61 minutes as another Joe Pearman corner went into the box, this time driven low where it found Petrit Elbi at the far post who swiped at the ball towards goal – the goalkeeper managed to palm the ball in the air but the ball was adjudged to be over the line before he kept the ball out. The goal ended Elbi’s drought, with his last goal coincidentally coming against West Essex in August.
The goals kept coming in and Barking had a fourth after 67 minutes as Oshin battled for the ball before passing to Elbi on the edge of the box – he back heeled the ball to Pearman who saw Matheus Santos free on the wing of the box came closer to goal before slotting low under the goalkeeper for his third goal in seven appearances. The goals slowed down but it was time for a milestone as Billy Rix was subbed on for his 100th appearance in a Barking shirt – also making him one of the youngest players to ever do this. There was also a hint of comedy as Oshin conceded a dangerous freekick- for which he was roundly punished for as the resultant free kick was smashed straight into his face.
Barking did get their fifth with five minutes remaining as Ben O’Brien passed to Petrit Elbi who jinked past two defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and tapping the ball into the net – luckily not repeating the same mistake as Clapton. The second goal of the night puts Elbi onto seven for the season and into second place in the rankings. The full time whistle confirmed Barking’s three points, two points behind Takeley with two games in hand.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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