Football: Barking & Dagenham girls’ district team battle back to earn draw with Woking
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 February 2018
Friendly: Woking 4 Barking & Dagenham 4
The Barking & Dagenham girls’ district football team battled back from the brink of defeat to draw 4-4 with Woking.
Inspired by Miquellah Meade’s brace, goals from Elishah Mintah Adarkwah and captain Emily Brown ensured parity in an eight-goal thriller.
A low cross into the box was blocked away by keeper Maria Omotayo, but into the path of Woking winger Emma Bailey, who netted.
Wokin’s lead was doubled three minutes later when a long throw-in was not dealt with and Bailey stole in unmarked again for her second.
Edging their way back into the game, Barking continued to press and harry their opponents, with Brown, Meade and forward Ellie Mai Morgan leading the effort.
In the end, it was Meade who enabled the breakthrough, charging down the Woking backline, robbing the last defender of possession and bursting into the box.
The Woking keeper came out to collect what looked like an overrun touch from Meade.
However Meade’s searing pace saw her arrive at the ball first as she prodded into the vacant net to pull her side back into the tie.
Woking, then, were able to add a third on the stroke of half time when Elin Roberts rode a series of challenges before netting.
When the same player finished of a flowing Woking move two minutes after the restart, Barking’s chances of a revival looked dead and buried.
However, a second Meade goal offered the district team of glimmer of hope in the match.
With seven minutes remaining. a corner resulted in a melee in the box, with Mensah Adarkwah eventually netting on her debut.
And the comeback was complete two minutes from time when Brown snatched a last-gasp equaliser.
Barking & Dagenham: Emily Brown (Godwin), Kirsten McNaughton (George Carey), Miquelleh Meade (Henry Green), Ellie Mai Morgan (Henry Green), Ianna Msekwa (George Carey), Maria Omotayo (Roding), Grace Young (Hunters Hall), Elishah-Oliviae Mintah Adarkwah (George Carey), Abigail Asare (Henry Green), Ella Turner (Valence).