London Senior Cup: Barking 3 Balham 2
PUBLISHED: 09:01 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 12 September 2018
Barking secured their first victory in the London Senior Cup in almost eight years when they beat Balham 3-2 at Mayesbrook Park last night.
The Blues last win in the cup competition came when they beat Erith & Belvedere 3-1 in December 2012.
It was also their first win in the first round since October 2006 when they beat Hoddesdon Town 3-0.
Justin Gardner’s side will now progress into the second round of the competition thanks to goals from Darelle Russell, Ola Ogunwamide and Ryan Cosson.
Russell opened the scoring for Barking in the 38th minute and only two minutes later Ogunwamide doubled his side’s lead to make it 2-0 at half-time.
Cosson then stretched his side’s lead to 3-0 in the 62nd minute but that seemed to light a fire in the Balham side.
Tino Carpene clawed one back for his side in the 64th minute and three minutes later they netted another thanks to Marco Erriu to make it 3-2.
They failed to find the equaliser, though, as Barking held on for the victory.
Barking under-18s also bailed out of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a 1-0 defeat to Hitchin Town last night.
They conceded a 70th minute goal which proved to be the winner and knocked them out of the competition in the Preliminary Round.
Barking: Olajide, Tarbard, Peart, Ogunwamide, Bruce, Cosson, Kamara (O’Brien 79), Seymour, Russell, Cheema (Akanbi 90), Obafemi (Cohen 75).
Unused subs: Bullman and Abiola.