Another win for Barking & Dagenham girls
PUBLISHED: 08:14 13 March 2017
Gloucester 2 Barking & Dagenham 3
A fourth straight win for the Barking & Dagenham girls’ district squad was fine reward for their lengthy annual pilgrimage to Gloucester.
Nour Khalfaoui’s opener, Pahris Cotterell’s 22nd district goal and Emily Brown’s late winner secured the points at the end of another memorable encounter between the sides.
The visitors showed no ill-effects of their journey as Grace Young’s slide-rule pass in the first minute found Khalfaoui, who shot into the side netting.
Khalfaoui forced two good saves from the home keeper, before netting her fourth goal of the season from close range on 10 minutes, having started the move that also involved Cotterell and Young.
Gloucester were awarded a penalty five minutes later and converted from the spot to level, but Cotterell then won possession on the edge of the box and fired home to move to joint second on the all-time scoring list.
The visitors started to show signs of fatigue in a 20-minute spell, with Cotterell and Brown firing wide.
But the return of Hunters Hall pupil Khalfaoui made a difference as she forced a save within a minute.
Kaydee Bhavnani held on to a Gloucester shot with 15 minutes remaining, but could not keep out a shot from the left that was deflected into the far corner of the net.
It proved a wake-up call for Barking & Dagenham as Cotterell and Brown swapped passes from the restart, before Brown fired a shot off the crossbar.
The same pair dictated play in the closing stages and it was no surprise when the visitors claimed a winner nine minutes from time as Brown intercepted the ball in her own half and skipped past the last defender, before drilling a shot into the bottom corner.
Young and Khalfaoui had late chances to add to the tally, but the borough squad had done enough to return to Essex with a win under their belts.
Barking & Dagenham: K Bhavnani (Parsloes); A Young (James Cambell); L Duffield, E Brown (Godwin); T Mutuale (Henry Green); P Cotterell (Manor Longbridge); E Eskelson, N Khalfaoui, G Young (Hunters Hall).
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