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Blues storm back to reach cup semi-final

PUBLISHED: 15:54 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 02 July 2010

OVER & OUT . . . Sawbridgeworth clear their lines under pressure from Chris Taylor during Saturday’s cup clash, but they could not stop Barking storming into the Essex Senior League Cup semi-final.

OVER & OUT . . . Sawbridgeworth clear their lines under pressure from Chris Taylor during Saturday's cup clash, but they could not stop Barking storming into the Essex Senior League Cup semi-final.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE CUP Quarter-final second leg Barking 5 Sawbridgeworth 1 (Barking win 5-2 on aggregate) BARKING booked their place in the semi-finals of the Essex Senior League Cup as they produced a second half display of sheer quality to see off Sawb

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE CUP

Quarter-final second leg

Barking 5 Sawbridgeworth 1

(Barking win 5-2 on aggregate)

BARKING booked their place in the semi-finals of the Essex Senior League Cup as they produced a second half display of sheer quality to see off Sawbridgeworth on Saturday.

Trailing by Kevin Moore's goal from the previous Wednesday's first leg, the Blues came into this game with Carl Griffiths in the starting line-up and it was the former Leyton Orient striker who put the hosts ahead early on from the penalty spot.

Just four minutes in, Remi Thomas went on a mazy run which was crudely curtailed in the box and it was Welshman Griffiths who stepped up to send Sawbridgeworth keeper Micky Burrell the wrong way and level the tie on aggregate.

It was so nearly 2-0 four minutes later, when Johnny Ofei's delightful through ball was half-cleared on to his own post by a visiting defender and with no home forward near enough the chance went begging.

The home team continued to press and play good football but it took until the 22nd minute for them to fashion another clear-cut chance, with Griffiths providing a good lay-off to Toms, whose deflected shot was saved.

That effort was soon followed by a good spin and shot by Griffiths which just cleared the bar, before the striker forced Burrell to fumble his next effort and he headed an excellent Nelson cross wide of the mark.

Victor Omobeghin nearly netted on the stroke of half time when he bobbed and weaved to get into a shooting position, but Burrell was equal to the shot.

No sooner had the second half began than Barking were ahead in the tie for the first time when Fabio Jesus' low free kick was turned home through a flurry of legs by Matthew Toms for what was his first goal for the club.

Barking keeper Clark Wells was in action for the first time when from a rare Sawbridgeworth corner he made a superb one-handed acrobatic save to keep out a goal-bound effort.

Barking hit back with two good efforts of their own when firstly a Nelson free kick was flicked on to Sam Dennis who fired over and then a break away saw the hard-working Chris Taylor crossing for Griffiths to head just wide.

However, with 20 minutes left, the twinkle-toed Omobeghin collected the ball and beat three opponents before unleashing a low shot that fizzed past Burrell.

Sawbridgeworth hit back on 74 when Ashley Conlan fired past Wells to make it 3-1 on the day and only 3-2 overall.

However, Barking put daylight between themselves and their visitors when Taylor rounded Burrell from an astute Jesus pass and slotted home, despite the offside claims of Sawbridgeworth players and officials.

The fifth and win-sealing goal arrived on 88 minutes when Johnny Ofei was on at hand at the far post to curl a superb shot past the statuesque Burrell and ensured Barking's passage to the semis.

Barking: Wells, Toms, Paul, Dennis, Oke, Nelson (Greenwood 84), Omobeghin, Jesus, Taylor (Adejokun 88), Griffiths (Mottram 84), Ofei. Subs: Scadden, Bennett.

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