Barking & Dagenham boys at their best
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 March 2017
Barking & Dagenham 2 Wandsworth 0
Barking & Dagenham’s under-11 boys produced their best performance of the season to record a deserved victory over Wandsworth in the Lester Finch Trophy on Saturday.
Goals from Favour Fawunmi and Amin Karim were enough to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, following their 6-0 success over Gravesham a week earlier.
They had the first chance as Fawunmi’s free-kick flashed across goal, but Wandsworth went close as Maximus Winter’s low drive flew just wide of Brandon Dean’s post and Maxwell Emery then crossed for Amaree Payne, who headed wide at the far post.
Karim fired over at the other end, before Fawunmi tested Thomas Cooper with a fierce free-kick and then headed off-target from Harry Milburn’s corner.
The visitors looked more likely to score, though, and created another decent chance as Emery found Leshay Small at the far post, but he screwed a shot wide.
The first half ended with another Fawunmi header from a Millburn set-piece, but he was unable to test Cooper.
And the visitors thought they had taken the lead with the first attack of the second half as Emery and Winter swapped passes, before Dean palmed Emery’s shot away, and Payne stooped low to head home.
Wandsworth’s joy was shortlived as Payne was offside and Barking & Dagenham rallied as Charlie Rich’s pass released Karim to draw a smart save from Cooper, before Fawunmi fired the rebound over.
Fawunmi tried his luck from long range, but saw his half volley fly just wide, then sent another effort off-target and set up Jaqwaan Williams, whose shot was well held by Cooper.
Wandsworth’s Preston Travis-Elwin then set Payne free but his well-struck shot hit a post, before Barking & Dagenham finally broke the deadlock.
Eastbury’s Mason Stanton showed great strength to steal the ball from Felix Vilaseca, before nutmegging the same player, and squared for the onrushing Fawunmi, who gave Cooper no chance with a first-time shot.
Valence striker Williams was then presented with two gilt-edged chances to secure the win, but failed to hit the target from close range, before top scorer Karim made sure with his 10th of the season.
Wandsworth looked for a reply, but could not test Fawunmi, who finished the match in goal, as Barking ended their campaign with a confidence-boosting win ahead fo the Essex Finch Cup.
Barking & Dagenham: Onajobi (Becontree), Karim (Parsloes), Gasperavicius (William Bellamy), Williams, Martin, Rich (Valence), Fawunmi (Hunters Hall), Stanton (Eastbury), Dean (Dorothy Barley) Millburn (Five Elms).
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