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Blues ease past Eton Manor to reach last four

PUBLISHED: 09:45 25 February 2015

Barking's James Barlow is presented with a silver salver for his 100th appearance by chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and manager Mick O'Shea before the match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's James Barlow is presented with a silver salver for his 100th appearance by chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and manager Mick O'Shea before the match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy quarter-final: Barking 4 Eton Manor 0

Barking continued their excellent form by comfortably beating Eton Manor in the quarter-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy last night to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

Tom Jeffes and James Barlow scored in the first half to put Blues in control before Joe Killingback and Billy Rix added further strikes after the break to keep up their challenge on two fronts.

The win for Mick O’Shea’s team means they reach the semi-final’s of the competition for the first time since 2007, when they lost 1-0 to Barkingside.

Blues made two changes after earning a narrow win against Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League at the weekend as Ryan Creed and Anthony Da-Silva dropped out of the starting 11.

Billy Reynolds and Jeffes replaced them and the latter didn’t need long to open the scoring at Mayesbrook Park.

Jeffes, Barking’s top goalscorer, netted inside the opening minute to take his tally for the season to 12.

Barlow doubled the advantage in the 34th minute with his eighth goal of the campaign, days after celebrating his 100th appearance for the club.

But Blues were forced to wait a little while after the break to score their third, but Killingback found the net in the 65th minute to make it 3-0 and virtually clinch their place in the last four of the competition.

And Rix made amends, after being sent off against Hamlets on Saturday, by scoring 18 minutes from time to set up a semi-final tie with the winner of Takeley versus FC Romania.


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