Dagenham & Redbridge winger Fejiri Okenabirhie nets for England C in penalty loss to Jersey
PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 June 2017
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Daggers forward netted less than 30 seconds after coming off the bench on Tuesday night
Dagenham & Redbridge winger Fejiri Okenabirhie made a quick impact off the bench for England C on Tuesday night, scoring less than 30 seconds after coming on as a substitue away to a Jersey FA XI.
Okenabirhie replaced Boreham Wood’s Morgan Ferrier in the 60th minute with the score 0-0 in the Channel Islands, but soon netted the opener.
The Daggers flyer raced through on goal before calmly slotting home to give the visitors the lead in the Jackson Cup clash.
However, a stoppage-time equaliser from Jersey’s James Queree took the game to penalties and though Okenabirhie converted his spot kick, the visitors lost 4-3.
Despite the result, the 21-year-old’s goal was a moment of real quality and England C goalkeeping coach Mick Payne was delighted with the composure shown from Okenabirhie.
“Fey scored a great goal in the second match for us and all around he was really impressive,” said Payne.
“His goal was superb, he took control of the ball on the halfway line, sped past a defender and then slotted home.
“It was a goal of real quality and it’s what we know he’s capable of, he just has to do it on a regular basis now.”
On Sunday, Okenabirhie made his debut for England C by playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over a Panjab FA XI at Solihull Moors’ Damson Park, with a brace from Darren McQueen of Ebbsfleet helping the non-league national team triumph.
The Daggers winger will hope to be involved in the next England C squad for their next clash in November.
But Payne has challenged the youngster to keep performing for Daggers to give Okenabirhie the best chance of keeping his place in the squad.
“We had a chat with all of the players, Fey included, after the game with Jersey that they are all still under consideration, but they have to keep producing it at club level,” he added.
“It is a little harder for players out wide to do it week out, but we need them to be consistent to be picked and I’m sure Fey will do exactly that.”
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