Tuesday 31st January 2017
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy -
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: L W W W L W
Omari Delgado 43' 71'
Max Watters 55'
Jason Willis 64'
Ben O'Brien (C) 73'
John Bricknell 46'
Liam Burgess 46'
Michael Bullman 73'
Brandon Bullman 64'
Sporting Bengal United 0
BARKING ADVANCE TO NEXT ROUND OF GBT
Barking progressed in the Gordon Brasted Trophy thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Sporting Bengal. Two goals for Omari Delgado and one for Max Watters were enough to secure victory over a Bengal side that had their own chances to test the returning Jason Willis in the Barking goal.
Ben O’Brien had the Blues first chance after three minutes and saw his shot heading for goal but the goalkeeper was down low to deny with his feet. Max Watters broke the offside trap after ten minutes and played Omari Delgado through on goal who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper but unfortunately cleared the bar too. It seemed that Bengal had taken the lead after 16 minutes as a free kick made its way through a crowd of bodies and into the net but luckily the flag was up for offside. Barking had their own goal disallowed after 20 minutes as O’Brien put the ball in the net but the flag was again up for offside. Bengal seemed to up the pressure but their final ball was lacking. O’Brien was again found himself close to goal as again he was denied by the goalkeeper who palmed away his header from a corner. As the half entered its final ten minutes it seemed Bengal were destined to score as first their number 11 jinked past defenders but was forced to stretch to shoot and skied the attempt. Five minutes later and some defensive pressure forced the Bengal striker into an early shot with Willis collecting easily. Barking finally took the lead with 43 minutes on the clock as Joe Staunton blocked a defensive clearance from the right wing giving him time to square the ball to Omari Delgado who took the ball past one before shooting low and across the goalkeeper into the bottom right corner of the net. Bengal nearly had an immediate equaliser as a poor back pass from Steve Willis put a striker through on goal but Jason Willis forced him wide where he had to square the ball and found a fellow Bengal attacker who put the ball wide.
The conditions started to play a part in the second half as the rain continued to fall heavily and consistently leading to a scrappy second half with both teams struggling to retain possession and keep the ball – with the game probably lucky to make the full 90 minutes. There were two half chances for Sporting Bengal before Max Watters doubled the lead after 55 minutes as a lobbed through ball by Shaun Clarke put Watters through on goal with the time to slot the ball past the goalkeeper into the net. The drama continued as Jason Willis was forced off due to injury with reserve keeper Brandon Bullman taking his place. The conditions continued to play a part as both sides struggled to piece play together – the only chance of note produced a goal as some good football from Barking found Joe Staunton with time on the right wing to swing a powerful ball across goal with Omari Delgado more than happy to do the honours to guide the ball into the net for a 3-0 score line and securing Barking’s passage to the Quarter-Final of the GBT where they will face Redbridge.
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.