Barking girls stop the rot with a draw; Dagenham put four past Royals
PUBLISHED: 10:45 14 May 2015
District girls football round-up
Barking & Dagenham girls ended a run of five straight defeats with a 2-2 draw against Haringey.
The hosts were put under pressure early on and had goalkeeper Hannah Embery to thank for keeping the scores level.
Barking grew into the match with Millie Blythe down the flank proving to be tough to handle.
One of Blythe’s blistering runs created the opening goal as she crossed for Holly Galbraith who duly converted to put the hosts in front.
Eight minutes before the break Barking had the chance to double their advantage when captain Ella Pierson played a one-two with Galbraith, but she could only push her resulting shot wide.
From the next passage of play Haringey broke downfield and were able to score the equaliser to send the sides in level at the interval.
Blythe continued her lung-busting bursts down the wing in the second half, including one where she cannoned the ball against the post with a shot.
But the ball rebounded off the upright into the path of Daniella Mihai who duly applied the finish to put the hosts back in front.
Back came Haringey, though, and they levelled the scores again with another strike from a quick counter attack.
Barking went in desperate search of a winner, with Mihai and Toni-Ann Barron leading the charge.
But they failed to find the back of the net for the third time as the district girls’ search for a win goes on with two friendlies left for them this campaign.
Barking & Dagenham: Embery, Blythe, Johnson, Saoudi, Galbraith, Mihai, McDonald, Pierson, Barron.
Dagenham United under-11s prepared for next week’s cup final against Chelmsford City with a seven-a-side friendly against Colebrook Royals.
In a closely fought match, Ella Pierson grabbed the opener for Dagenham, before Millie Blythe joined her on the scoresheet.
Maizie-Jane Monk scored the team’s third goal of the game, before the scoring was rounded off by birthday girl Ellie Beaumont from the halfway line.
Hannah Embery in goal kept Colebrook quiet for most of the match as the game finished 4-2 to Dagenham.
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