Barking & Dagenham girls get a boost

PUBLISHED: 08:25 09 January 2017

Barking & Dagenham's Pahris Cotterell

Barking & Dagenham's Pahris Cotterell


Barking & Dagenham 4 South London 1

Barking & Dagenham girls will go into their league campaign on the back of a hard-working win over South London.

Pahris Cotterell’s second-half brace built upon earlier strikes from Ella Eskelson and Grace Young to make it two wins from two, following their 10-1 success over Jo Richardson Community School.

Captain Cotterell had a golden chance to give her side the lead in the fifth minute but was denied by the visiting keeper and Layla Duffield shot wide from Nour Khalfaoui’s low cross.

The same combination forced a great save from the South London keeper soon after, but Duffield’s effort was palmed across goal where Eskelson pounced first to poke home.

And Kaydee Bhavanni had to be alert to deny South London on counter attacks and cut out several long balls, before Emily Brown pounced to cross for Young to make it 2-0 at the interval.

Several chances went begging in the second half, before Cotterell beat three tacklers and smashed home from a tight angle, then fired a 30-yard stunner into the top corner.

South London grabbed a consolation, but Barking & Dagenham will go into their clash with Woking in confident mood.

Ella Eskelson had settled the nerves against Jo Richardson after good work from schoolmate Grace Young on four minutes.

But Former district striker Mariam Daisy Ngobo Azeez pounced after some hesitation to get the hosts back on terms.

Eskelson’s determination saw her double her tally two minutes later, before skipper Pahris Cotterell stabbed home from close range after Emily Brown’s effort was saved.

Cotterell’s influence grew in the second half with four more goals, the first of them from Nour Khalfaoui’s through ball before a superb solo effort.

w as she ran in four more quick goals. The first was a conversion of Nour Khalfaoui’s fine through-ball before a mazy solo run made it 5-1.

The captain fired home from 30 yards and then completed her tally to make it 7-1, before Eskelson completed her hat-trick with good pace to finish from close range.

Khalfaoui netted number nine after good work from the industrious Brown and Aaliyah Young picked her out in the closing stages to take the team into double figures.

Barking & Dagenham: Bhavnani (Parsloes); A Young (James Cambell); Duffield, Brown (Godwin); Mutuale (Henry Green); Cotterell (Manor Longbridge); Eskelson, Khalfaoui, G Young (Hunters Hall).

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