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Youth Football: Barking & Dagenham district boys’ under-11s knocked out of London Schools’ FA Crisp Shield

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2017

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London Schools’ FA Crisp Shield: Chelsmford & Mid-Essex under-11s 1 Barking & Dagenham under-11s 1 (Chelmsford win on penalties)

Barking & Dagenham district boys’ under-11s crashed out of the London Schools’ FA Crisp Shield after losing on penalties at Chelmsford & Mid-Essex.

Barking made a bright start and perhaps should have been awarded an early spot kick when Somfechi Okuno’s cross was handled by a defender.

Divine Mukasa went close after a surging drive from his own half, but his low effort was palmed away.

Chelmsford struggled to cope with the pace and movement of the visitors, but took the lead with their first venture forward.

A fierce drive was well saved by stopper Abdi Pal, but the ball fell kindly for a Chelmsford player who duly slotted the ball home.

Barking almost replied immediately after Okuno was released by Mukasa, but his shot was well saved.

With their next attack, though, the visitors were able to restore parity through Matas Klimas.

After winning the ball from a Chelmsford player 25 yards out, Klimas drove towards the box before unleashing a swerving shot that flew in for his first district goal.

The half ended with Barking creating another chance as a swift counter attack resulted in Okuno curling the ball narrowly wide.

The visitors continued to dominate in the second period, with Romir Mann twice going close with efforts on goal.

Chelmsford began to look a little more threatening as the half wore on and almost grabbed a winner before the final whistle sounded, forcing the need for extra time.

Barking again looked the more dangerous and were given a golden opportunity to win the tie when they were awarded a penalty in the first period of extra time.

Aidon Shehu took the spot kick, but the keeper guessed right and managed to keep the ball out.

With no goals forthcoming, the game then went to a penalty shoot-out, and with Barking missing three of their five, they crashed out.

Barking & Dagenham: Solomon (Southwood), Kosoko (Richard Alibon), Klimas (Marsh Green), Okuno (Dorothy Barley), Pal (Dorothy Barley), Bangurah (Valence), Mann (Rush Green), Shehu (Hunters Hall), Zafer (Gascoigne), Mukasa (Roding) Medine (Northbury).

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