Barking boss hungry for more
PUBLISHED: 07:20 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:20 08 May 2015
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O’Shea sets sights on next season
Barking manager Mick O’Shea says winning the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy has made him hungry for more success.
Blues beat Clapton 4-2 at Burnham’s Leslie Field ground to end an 18-year wait for silverware.
And having also gone close in the running for Essex Senior League and cup honours, O’Shea was relieved to end the season on a high.
He said: “It’s been a long time, I didn’t want to go out a damp squibb, three competitions, come close, close, close. That gives me more appetite for next season.
“It felt right for us. Even the Clapton boys know we were the better side. Hopefully, anyone who came, it was exciting, you got six goals in a final.
“You paid your money, it’s not been a dull 0-0 and extra time and penalty situation.”
Blues settled the quicker of the two sides, with Glen Golby playing as a stand-in striker alongside Tom Jeffes.
But they had to wait until first-half stoppage time to get their noses in front thanks to a stunning effort from Joe Staunton.
Captain Ben O’Brien doubled the advantage at the start of the second half, before James Briggs hit back for Clapton with a superb free-kick.
Jeffes made it 3-1 wi1h 17 minutes remaining, slotting home a Steve Willis through ball, and Golby hooked home Staunton’s pass two minutes later for number four.
Jake Stevens replied for Tons late on, but there was no denying Barking.
O’Shea added: “The lads did fantastic. We’ve got some young talent to work with. A lot of the squad is committed to next year.
“I was very annoyed we didn’t nick the league, but fair play to Haringey and Bowers, who had a great run after Christmas, fantastic.
“Our problem was the goals, so we swapped it round and a 33-year-old and a lad whose going down to Portsmouth now – thanks to Tom Jeffes for all his help! – they nicked the goals.
“The lads did us so proud. I’m really pleased for the club, the supporters, the old Monday club, all the boys. Maureen and Ron, the club president, Robbo the chairman, I’m really pleased.
“We’ve just got to go and relax and enjoy the summer, I think it’s three weeks, and then put on your silly head and go again.”
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