Meade impresses as Barking & Dagenham lose out in cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2018
South East Cup: Barking & Dagenham 0 Croydon 2
Miquellah Meade produced a stellar display in midfield for the Barking & Dagenham girls’ football team, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 2-0 at home to Croydon in the South East Cup first round.
Against a rapid and athletic attack, Barking & Dagenham were slow to start and were caught out down their right-hand side in just the fourth minute.
Failure to clear their lines and hesitancy in the penalty area undid the hosts as a calm cross picked out an unmarked striker at the far post for an easy finish.
Barking & Dagenham showed a spark of life three minutes later when Ruby Abela cut in from her wing to switch play to Kaltrina Ibrahimi. The William Ford winger then fed Ellie-Mai Morgan inside the box: however, a last-ditch tackle saw her effort deflected agonisingly wide at the crucial moment.
Despite the score, Meade refused to yield, popping up all over the pitch, making tackle after tackle in defiant protest.
Morgan continued to carry a threat on the break, winning several corners which Ibrahimi whipped wickedly into the danger zone – but no-one was brave enough to make contact.
Meade’s volley from twenty-five yards came the closest to hauling her side back into the contest.
If anything though, it was hit too well – arrowing straight to the visiting goalkeeper who nonetheless was forced to fumble, snaffling the ball at the second attempt.
The lead was doubled five minutes before half-time as Croydon caught Barking & Dagenham on the break, with the hosts clearly on the ropes and grateful for having only conceded two in an exhausting onslaught from their imposing opposition.
The youngsters gave it their all in the second half, but were unable to make any inroads into the Croydon advantage.
However, there was a strong defensive showing after the interval with both Kirsten McNaughton and Elishah Mintah-Adarkwah resolute at the back.
And that is sure to be a positive for Barking & Dagenham to take from the game despite the loss.