Essex youngsters into last 16

PUBLISHED: 16:14 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 13 October 2014

Essex celebrate Owen Edobor's goal (pic: Robert Craven/

Essex celebrate Owen Edobor's goal (pic: Robert Craven/


FA County U18 Youth Cup: Essex 3 Amateur Football Alliance 1

Barking Abbey's Owen Edobor attacks for Essex Under-18s (pic: Robert Craven/ Abbey's Owen Edobor attacks for Essex Under-18s (pic: Robert Craven/

Goals from Barking Abbey’s Owen Edobor, Kye Jude and Sean Clare saw Essex recover from an early set-back to beat the Amateur Football Alliance and progress to the third round of the FA County Youth Cup for the fourth successive season.

Former Redbridge youngster Charlie Portway – son of non-league legend Steve – had given the Alliance a third-minute lead at Dagenham & Redbridge FC’s Victoria Road home.

But Essex found themselves in the ascendency by half-time before completing their win midway through the second half to become the first county in the hat for the last 16.

Portway’s finish into the roof of the net gave the visitors a perfect start from close range, but the home side slowly worked their way into the contest. The first opportunity fell to midfielder Clare, who dragged just wide from 15 yards before the same player angled a shot inches over the top following Elliot Johnson’s right-flank cross.

Young Hornchurch keeper Callum Chafer saved a penalty during their Essex Senior Cup shoot-out win (pic: Robert Craven/ Hornchurch keeper Callum Chafer saved a penalty during their Essex Senior Cup shoot-out win (pic: Robert Craven/

Essex goalkeeper Callum Chafer – of Hornchurch – had to be on his toes to keep out Napier Brown’s angled shot, but Essex soon replied, with Clare testing visiting custodian Cameron Robson who then gathered the loose ball at the feet of Charlie Little.

Edobor was then denied from close range but the home side levelled on 35 minutes when Malaki Toussaint’s deep free-kick was chested home by Jude from three yards.

The lead arrived on the stroke of half time as a superb Charlie Little cross was firmly headed home by Edobor.

And Essex’s first opening of the second period saw the ball break loose to Sean Hobbins, whose low effort bounced wide via the foot of the near post.

Edobor then burst into the box and turned brilliantly before firing inches wide but, with 66 minutes played, the win was sealed as Clare capitalised on a slip by AFA defender Teddy Stacey and curled a fine finish into the far corner.

Some more awkward footwork soon allowed in Edobor, but the Essex front man was denied by a brilliant Robson stop before the last chance of the afternoon fell to Little, who fired wide from an angle.

Essex: Callum Chafer (Hornchurch), Farhad Nazor (Barking Abbey School), Elliot Johnson (Tilbury) (sub John Nutmam, Catholic United, 31), Malaki Toussaint (Great Wakering Rovers), Kye Jude (Burnham Ramblers), Rigers Kabashi (Concord Rangers), Paulius Ditkevicius (Barking Abbey School) (sub Darren Owusu, Harris Academy, 58), Sean Clare (Bishop’s Stortford), Owen Edobor (Barking Abbey School) (sub Remi Awosanya, Brentwood Town, 80), Charlie Little (Southend Manor), Sean Hobbins (FC Clacton). Unused subs: Tyler Bonham (Great Wakering Rovers), Ruben Duarte (Tilbury).

Amateur Football Alliance: Cameron Robson (Bishop’s Stortford), Jordan Spearman (Wingate & Finchley), Jamie Newby-Harris (Enfield Town) (sub Kenan Gokcimen, Enfield Town, 60), Mayson Kitenge (City & Islington College), John Burgess (Brentwood Town), Joshua George (Brentwood Town), Napier Brown (Enfield Town), Alex Williams (Wingate & Finchley), Oliver Fortune (Bishop’s Stortford) (sub Teddy Stacey Wingate & Finchley, 46), Luke Propokiou (Wingate & Finchley), Charlie Portway (Brentwood Town). Unused subs: Josh Cush (Cockfosters), Kerem Ismail (Enfield Town), Curtis Ray Jackson (Enfield Town).

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