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Barking & Dagenham boys in seventh heaven, as girls leave it late to make a point

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:00 13 February 2018

Barking & Dagenham's district boys

Barking & Dagenham's district boys

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Barking & Dagenham under-11s took a big step towards the Essex Finch title with a 7-0 rout of Redbridge.

Barking & Dagenham's district girls Barking & Dagenham's district girls

Somfechi Ukonu’s second treble in four games led the way, witth Aidon Shehu, Amine Zafer, Emmanuel Mintah and Alamin Kosoko putting the district on the brink of a first title since 2013.

Mintah poked home from close range on 15 minutes, with Ukonu glancing in a header and Shehu netting from long range to make it 3-0 at half time.

Ukonu raced on to a through ball after the restart to slot home his 10th of the season and added another after a fine passing move.

Kosoko finished off another five-man move, before Zafer’s sweetly struck volley completed the tally as Nathan Solomon saw a late penalty saved.

Only a 13-goal swing in favour of their nearest rivals will deny Barking & Dagenham the title.

Barking & Dagenham: Solomon (Southwood), Kosoko (Richard Alibon), Klimas (Marsh Green), Ukuno, Pal (both Dorothy Barley), Bangurah (Valence), Shehu (Hunters Hall), Zafer (Gascoigne), Medine (Northbury), Mintah (Valence).

n Barking & Dagenham’s girls’ saw their 100 per cent record in the London League come to an end after a 1-1 draw at Croydon.

After four wins on the spin, it could have been worse, but a last-minute goal by Miquellah Meade earned a point.

Emily Brown had an early shot tipped over after Kayla Grain and Holly Anderson combined as the visitors began well.

Ianna Msekwa and Abigail Asare held firm to deny Croydon a sight of goal until just before the break, when Maria Omotayo smothered a long-range shot at the second attempt.

Omotayo saved well again after the restart, as year five duo Grain and Meade caused problems at the other end.

Grain fired wide from range, before Meade volleyed past the near post from Brown’s cross.

Croydon took the lead with only four minutes left, though, and it looked like being enough until Grain’s swerving cross fell to Anderson, who saw one shot blocked and another saved before Meade lashed home to all but secure the team’s progress to the top group.

Barking & Dagenham: Brown (Godwinn), Grain (Richard Alibon), Meade, Morgan (both Henry Green), Msekwa (George Carey), Omotayo (Roding), Young (Hunters Hall), Anderson (Grafton), Asare (Henry Green).

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