Cup of cheer for Barking boss
PUBLISHED: 09:56 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:56 04 May 2015
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O’Shea: It’s been a long time coming
Barking boss Mick O’Shea felt his side were worthy winners of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, following their 4-2 victory over Clapton at Burnham’s Leslie Field ground.
Joe Staunton and Ben O’Brien netted either side of the break to put Blues on top, before James Briggs replied for Tons with a superb free-kick.
Top scorer Tom Jeffes made it 3-1 with his 21st goal of the season, before makeshift striker Glen Golby added a fourth.
And although Jake Stevens grabbed a late consolation for Tons, there was no denying Barking the silverware.
O’Shea said: “Physically we were dominant from the beginning. That’s what I asked the lads to do.
“After Tuesday (a 2-0 defeat to Clapton in the Essex Senior League Cup semi-finals), I was very disappointed and there was no team-talk at all (for the final).
“We changed it a bit, got Joe Staunton back for the game, which was great, and he got a screamer into the top bin just before half time off his shin, when I told him to go low to beat the keeper!
“Nothing new there, he’s carried out the instruction well and shinned it top bin!
“We put Golby up top, an experienced player, with Tom Jeffes struggling. He wasn’t there Tuesday and was badly injured a few weeks ago, but we tried to mask it.
“He’s had a lot of physio, which I thank Leyton Orient for as he works down there and they did a great job to get him out there.
I was just about to hook him. You could see the substitute thing, I had nine, then Golby goes and scores and I changed it to 10 and I thought ‘what am I going to do here?’ but we changed it round and overall I’m pleased for the lads, but more than pleased for the supporters.”
Barking had not won any silverware since lifting the Essex Thamesside Trophy in 1997, when they beat Canvey on penalties.
And O’Shea admitted it felt good, adding: “It’s been a long time coming, some were saying 1997 on the coach on the way up here so I will get manager of the decade of course, but it’s truly deserved!
“Billy Rix, I brought him in again, he’s had an up-and-down season, been sent off twice, but he really disciplined himself well and was the perfect replacement at the back.
“Jay Taylor and Brad Ling were fantastic and Ben Turner, an experienced player, talked them through and helped Rixy out verbally. Rixy’s only 18, just, and he’s a strong boy, with a big future in football.
“Ben (O’Brien) had only got three goals this season, he got 15 last season, but he’s got four now and he’ll remind me it’s four, but it was an important time.
“But Clapton, their supporters have got to be mentioned. They congratulated us after, but I was getting some banter on Tuesday, saying I was getting sacked in the morning, but I’ve played them many times now and to be fair, they’re excellent.”
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