Barking & Dagenham boys come up short

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 January 2017

Latest news from the local football scene (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

Latest news from the local football scene (pic Joe Meredith/JMP)

Joe Meredith/JMP

Newham 6 Barking & Dagenham 4

Barking & Dagenham’s under-11 boys fell to defeat in a 10-goal thriller in their latest Essex Finch League outing.

The district squad looked doomed as they trailed 6-1, but they produced a brave fightback in the second half and were left to rue some bad luck in front of goal.

After an even start, Newham scored three goals in eight minutes to take control, before Kien Connelly hit back from close range after good work by Charlie Rich.

Newham restored their three-goal cushion from the penalty spot soon after, but Rich, Connelly and Favour Fawunmi all had chances early in the second half.

A swift counter-attack saw Newham move 5-1 up and they showed their ruthless streak to add a sixth moments later.

But Hunters Hall pupil Bradley Mott replied with his first district goal, finishing well after being sent clear by Connelly, and Harry Milburn fired a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner after being fouled.

Newham’s nerves were frayed further when Connelly beat two tackles and teed up Amin Karim, who slotted home Barking & Dagenham’s fourth, with Rich then hitting a post after Connelly’s shot was saved.

Connelly fired another effort narrowly wide as the visitors kept pressing and Newham breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle.

Barking & Dagenham will hope to build on their momentum when they host Haringey in the Lester Finch Trophy.

Barking & Dagenham: Dean (Dorothy Barley), Onajobi (Becontree), Karim (Parsloes), Milburn (Five Elms), Gasperavicius (William Bellamy), Connolly, Martin, Rich (all Valence), Fawunmi, Mott (Hunters Hall), Stanton (Eastbury).

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