Crisp display by the District side
PUBLISHED: 16:39 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 August 2010
CRISP SHIELD Barking & Dagenham 4 Harlow & West Essex 0 BRILLIANT Barking & Dagenham Schools scored twice in each half to beat Harlow & West Essex and book their place in the second round of the London Schools Crisp Shield. Despite a bitterly cold win
Barking & Dagenham 4
Harlow & West Essex 0
BRILLIANT Barking & Dagenham Schools' scored twice in each half to beat Harlow & West Essex and book their place in the second round of the London Schools' Crisp Shield.
Despite a bitterly cold wind and the late arrival of their kit, Barking started brightly, putting pressure on the Harlow goal from the kick-off.
Ernesto Allionis almost opened the scoring but his shot was palmed away by the Harlow keeper and a series of dangerous corners from Louis Phillips saw some desperate defending as Harlow struggled to get out of their own half.
It didn't take long for the home side to take the lead though. Another well-struck corner from Phillips was met sweetly by Brendan Ocran, who netted.
Harlow began to come into the game after that and home keeper Alfie Malbon pulled off a great save to preserve the advantage, but his team continued to look threatening going forward and the hard-working Jack McDermott caused problems with some intelligent runs.
The lead was doubled when Daniel Boyce scored his sixth goal of the season and his fourth in as many games.
McDermott and Jontas Centeno combined well down the right and Phillips sent a lovely ball into the box where Boyce was on hand to head home.
With the wind behind them, Harlow came out for the second half with the bit between their teeth and Monk and Reno Turner were tested by a number of long balls.
With Phillips and McDermott battling away in the middle of the park and the pace of Ocran and Suji Odselui out wide, Barking looked the more likely to score and the killer third goal arrived when Luke Gelston picked the ball up near the halfway line and made a robust run into the Harlow half.
There he exchanged passes with Ernest Okoh, and showed more strength to power into the Harlow area before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
It was the Monteagle pupil's first District goal.
Harlow knew they were beaten and with time running out the under-11s scored again, Gelston swinging in a corner from the right and Okoh smashing the ball home.
Barking & Dagenham will now play either Islington or Croydon in round two.