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Barking boss aiming to reach semi-finals tonight

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 February 2015

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues host Eton Manor in quarter-finals at Mayesbrook Park

Barking manager Mick O’Shea is confident tonight’s Gordon Brasted Memorial quarter-final tie with Eton Manor will go ahead despite the poor weather.

Blues got their match at Mayesbrook Park on last weekend and they grinded out a 1-0 win in the Essex Senior League against Tower Hamlets.

O’Shea is sure this evening’s encounter, also at Mayesbrook Park, will take place and has confirmed he will make changes to the side as they look to battle on two fronts.

“I think it will be okay. I saw the goalmouth on Monday and it was drying out nicely,” O’Shea said.

“It is nice and green and the penalty spot is the only patch which is quite bad.

“I will have Glen Golby back so I might stick him in. We want to get through to the semi’s, make no doubt about that.

“I might also use Billy Reynolds and Peter Moore because they have been patient and they were both on the bench last weekend.”

Joe Omagiate could also feature against Manor after making his debut during the 1-0 win against Hamlets on Saturday.

The forward has scored goals for fun in the Barking Abbey academy and could earn another opportunity for Blues tonight.

“I watched him twice in a month and he scored seven goals,” revealed O’Shea.

“A lot of the older lads were pleased with him when he came on during Saturday’s game. He just need to keep learning, but they can see his potential.

“They were saying how rapid he was and he come on for the last 20 minutes and nearly nicked a goal.

“Everyone knows I want more goals and I don’t think I need to look outside when I have youngster like him and others around.”


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