Barking & Dagenham boys hit Gravesham for six
PUBLISHED: 08:37 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:37 06 March 2017
Barking & Dagenham 6 Gravesham 0
Barking & Dagenham’s under-11 boys produced their best performance of the season as Amin Karim’s hat-trick, a brace for Tyler Rice and Favour Fawunmi strike saw them hit Gravesham for six.
They made a bright start and Karim was inches away from opening the scoring from Fawunmi’s centre, before his cross found Jaqwaan Williams, whose shot was well held.
The pressure finally told when Fawunmi’s trickery took him past three challenges and he stood the ball up to the back post, where Karim rose highest to plant a firm header into the net.
Fawunmi saw a fierce free-kick slam into the side netting, before Joe Martin tested the keeper with a fizzing drive teed up by Charlie Rich, who then set Karim free to round the keeper but see his shot cleared off the line by a defender.
Qudus Onjobi’s goal kick sent Hunters Hall winger Fawunmi through on goal, but he could only find the side neeting after skipping past rhe keeper.
However, with half-time approaching, the home side increased their lead when Rich released Emis Gasperavicius on the right and the William Bellamy pupil whipped in a superb cross for Karim to glance home.
Fawunmi was denied by a smart save from Rich’s pass, but the second half was barely a minute old when Fawunmi swapped passes with Mason Stanton and fired inside the near post to make it 3-0.
Goalkeeper Brandon Dean was then moved to striker and went close with two attempts, before returning to the gloves to allow Rice to try his luck and head home Fawunmi’s left-wing cross.
Barking added a well-worked fifth as Onajobi and Martin combined on the right, before Rice fired home with his left foot.
And after Karim went close on two occasions, Rice sent an effort just wide and Onajobi was also just off-target, before Barking completed their haul late on as Karim raced on to Fawunmi’s long ball to score at the second attempt.
They will now look to carry their new-found confidence into next weekend’s Lester Finch Trophy tie against Wandsworth.
Barking & Dagenham: Rice (Southwood) Onajobi (Becontree), Karim (Parsloes), Gasperavicius (William Bellamy), Williams, Martin, Rich (Valence), Fawunmi (Hunters Hall), Stanton (Eastbury), Dean (Dorothy Barley).
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