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Friendly fire for Essex

PUBLISHED: 12:06 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:06 09 September 2015

Essex under-18s beat London in a friendly at Barking's Mayesbrook Park (pic: essexfa.com)

Essex under-18s beat London in a friendly at Barking's Mayesbrook Park (pic: essexfa.com)

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Under-18s: Essex 4 London 1

Essex under-18s got their season off to a winning start as two superb strikes from Shenfield School’s Tom Howe were the stand-out moments in a friendly win over London at Barking’s Mayesbrook Park ground.

Howe’s goals, one with his left foot and one with his right, both came in the first half as Essex took a 3-1 lead into the interval before a stoppage time own goal at the end of the evening put gloss on the win.

London had started brightly, but their best efforts both fell to Merrick Samms, who fired inches wide of the near post before flashing a shot across goal.

Essex gained a 15th-minute lead and London found it difficult to emerge their way back into the game from there.

It was a well-worked opener which culminated with Tarryn Allarakhia teeing-up Harry Palmer to tap home at the far post.

And it was 2-0 with 21 minutes played as Howe’s first of the evening arrived courtesy of a dipping 30-yard shot which dropped just beneath the crossbar.

London hti back on 33 minutes as a Max Williams’ corner was side-footed home by Devontae Irving-Young.

But within two minutes the home side’s two-goal cushion was restored as Howe beautifully bent an angled shot into the bottom right-hand corner via the foot of the post.

As both sides looked at different players ahead of the new campaign, the second half was a quieter affair.

But Essex came close as Matt Bentley’s angled free-kick bounced over via the top of the crossbar before a fourth goal arrived a minute into added time when Regan Mead’s dangerous low cross was turned into his own net by Jake Lovell.

Essex will now move onto their competitive opener in just under four weeks’ time when Cambridgeshire visit Stanway Rovers before the national FA County Youth Cup kicks-off on Saturday October 10 as Somerset visit Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road home.

Essex: James Aldborough (Brentwood), Lee Green (Halstead), George O’Connor (Hornchurch), Oliver Hanlon (Tilbury), Kristen Asiedu (Redbridge), Khalil Felix (Barking Abbey School), Regan Mead (Tilbury), Tom Howe (Shenfield School), Lewis Scott (Shenfield School), Harry Palmer (Brentwood), Tarryn Allarakhia (Aveley). Substitutes: Joe Bowels (Hornchurch), Armand Tshela (Dartford), Matthew Bentley (Hornchurch), Callum Hubble (Shenfield School), Max Harbrow (Brentwood).

London: Alfie Miller, Andrew Davies, Josh Inkpen, Harry King, Teddy Deverson, Arsen Vjkay, Harry Wootten, Max Williams, Merrick Samms, Odera Okwuosa, Devonate Irving-Young. Substitutes: George Reed, Corbin Rafsi, Jake Lovell, Nathan Horrigan, Henry Edwards, Ryan Mills, Cem Tumkaya, Remarni Edwards, Jordan Thomas, Ade Uwenole.

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