Saturday 30th July 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: D W W L D W
John Bricknell 62'
Petrit Elbi 66' 69'
Ricky Tarbard 94'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Joe Pearman 83'
John Bricknell 71'
Paul Oshin 68'
Joe Omogiate 68'
Matheus Santos 83'
BARKING IN COMFORTABLE OPEN DAY VICTORY
Barking took all three points against newly-relegated Redbridge FC thanks to a 4-0 victory at Mayesbrook Park. A second half goal for John Bricknell, followed by a quick-fire double from Petrit Elbi were rounded off by a late first goal for Ricky Tarbard. Barking now have to switch attention away from the league as Takeley travel to Mayesbrook Park in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.
Barking started strongly and should have taken the lead after four minutes – debutant Paul Oshin won the ball in midfield for chipping it through to Joe Pearman who saw his shot smack against the post but rebound to Petrit Elbi but his attempt to convert go wide of the post. With just under 20 minutes on the clock Bricknell saw a shot flash past the post after cutting in from the left wing and it was followed shortly after by Redbridge’s first chance, as a corner fell to an away player in the box but the chance was stabbed wide. Bricknell found himself through on goal thanks to a long ball and his chipped attempt was over the head of ex-Barking goalkeeper Mark Parker but unfortunately was also over the goal. Parker was called into action ten minutes later as he palmed away Oshin’s cross to deny Elbi an easy headed goal. With five minutes left Parker again did well as he foiled Elbi from a Barking counter-attack after the ball had been cutback by Pearman. With a minute to go Barking had two good chances as Tarbard crossed to Pearman who shot wide. Captain Ben O’Brien then found himself through on goal at a narrow angle after some good football but he was again denied by Parker, who this time used his feet to claw the ball away from goal.
fter the half time break the game continued in the same manner with Barking have the majority of the chances, with first debutant Liam Burgess forcing Parker into a comfortable diving catch before Timi Abiola, also making his first start for Barking in the ESL, cut in from playing in a make-shift left back position to shoot over. Barking finally took advantage of the pressure after 62 minutes as Elbi swung the ball into the box where it found John Bricknell who took the ball past one defender before calmly toe poking the ball past the onrushing Parker and into the net.
Barking pressure continued as Steve Willis collided with Parker while going for the ball. This left Parker struggling and in need of being substituted but as Redbridge again lost the ball in midfield Barking continued to attack and Tarbard’s perfect cross was met by an acrobatic header from Petrit Elbi with Parker stranded and doubled the Blues’ lead.
Parker was finally substituted with an outfield player forced to don the gloves. Barking scored their third goal in eight minutes as Oshin set Pearman down the left wing who squared the ball to Petrit Elbi in the box who side footed the ball past the stand-in keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net.
Barking pressure continued as the stand-in goalkeeper was forced into some good saves to deny Pearman with fifteen minutes remaining and he also saw an attempt for hat trick flash wide as Elbi’s shot flashed wide after he had received the ball from substitute Matheus Santos. With Joe Omogiate and Matheus Santos coming on in the second half the Blues finished the game with four players that played for the Scholars side in the National cup final v Kidderminster (also Abiola and Tarbard). The link between the first team and the Academy was further highlighted in stoppage time as Santos crossed deep into the box for Omogiate who controlled the ball and turned before setting the ball back to Ricky Tarbard who calmly slotted the ball across the goalkeeper and into the bottom left corner of the net for his first senior goal and Barking’s fourth of the day.
That was all of the action and the fourth goal capped off a comfortable game for the Blues even if it took a while for Barking to take the lead. There were only five games on the opening day but Barking are now third as there were also big victories for Ilford and Waltham Forest.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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