Football: Barking & Dagenham girls’ team end season with goalless draw against South London

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 June 2017

The latest news from the local football scene (pic: John Walton/PA Images)

The latest news from the local football scene (pic: John Walton/PA Images)

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The latest news from the Barking & Dagenham girls’ football team

Barking & Dagenham ended the season with a third successive London Girls’ League draw in blistering conditions against South London, this one ending 0-0.

The district girls came steaming out of the traps, overwhelming their opponents in the opening ten minutes.

First, Layla Duffield’s attacking throw-in found Nour Khalfaoui in the box who controlled well before swivelling a shot just wide.

Two minutes later, Khalfaoui’s interplay with Pahris Cotterell opened up the South London rearguard.

As the skipper advanced on goal, her shot cannoned back off the post with the keeper well beaten.

The loose ball shot across the goalmouth to Duffield, but the Godwin winger’s effort nestled in the side netting.

Soon after, Khalfaoui and Cotterell were at it again in a move that began inside their own half, but once more the final effort on goal missed its target.

In the ninth minute, Khalfaoui saw two chances from close range charged down by the onrushing keeper, with a third attempt blocked by a defender in the box.

After the initial charge, South London regrouped and organised themselves to deal with the threat of Cotterell and Duffield on the flanks.

This limited Barking’s advances until, on the stroke of half-time, Tina Mutuale’s free-kick set Cotterell free behind South London’s defence.

A goal looked inevitable, however the advancing keeper did just enough to put Cotterell off and deny her once again.

At half-time, South London replaced every player from their starting line-up, though it did little to put Barking off as Grace Young volleyed over.

As the half wore on, though, the fresh legs of South London gave the hosts a much-needed boost.

Aaliyah Young and Mutuale were both vital in limiting the home side’s progress with several blocks, clearances and tackles.

It was keeper Jessica Nwosu who was the hero in the closing stages, making a stunning diving stop to ensure an all-important clean sheet as the two teams ended their seasons with a draw.

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