Barking & Dagenham girls district seal victory against Woking
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 December 2018
Goalkeeper Mei Wang saved a second-half penalty to ensure Barking & Dagenham girls kept a third clean sheet in four games as they wrapped up a comfortable 2-0 win over Woking's Development Squad.
At the other end, a goal in each half from Lily-Mae Elsey and captain Ellie Mai Morgan made sure of the win so that their side goes into the Christmas break full of festive cheer.
The visitors were given an ideal fillip with barely a minute played when Miquellah Meade’s early burst into the box brought panic in the Woking defence.
The ball was eventually bundled through to Elsey who turned it goalwards, via a significant deflection, into the bottom corner of the net.
Elsey had another chance five minutes later when Elishah Mintah-Adarkwah’s run found the Northbury forward in space, only for her shot to be charged down.
On 14 minutes, Meade let fly from 20 yards but was denied.
And two minutes later, Jessie English’s drilled cross from the right flank just evaded Elsey at the far post.
In the final minute of the first half, a typically dangerous corner from Kaltrina Ibrahimi glanced off Sharpe for Mintah-Adarkwah to scuff her volley just wide.
Barking & Dagenham pressed to extend their lead in the second half and almost achieved their goal instantly as Sharpe and Ibrahimi exchanged passes before the former’s shot spiralled wide.
But a chance for the hosts to claw their way back into it came eight minutes in.
Caught out by a long ball over the top, a forceful challenge inside the box left the referee with little choice but to award the spot-kick.
Wang held her nerve, however, patting away the attempt without having to move from her starting position, and repelling the ball to safety.
Woking were made to pay just two minutes later when English’s run led to Elsey picking up possession.
An intelligent square ball found the onrushing Morgan who took a touch before slotting into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Next up are matches against Jo Richardson School and Gloucester.