Late goal is a blow for Barking
PUBLISHED: 15:51 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010
BARKING were dealt a last-minute blow by Eton Manor in the semi-final, first leg of the Essex Senior League Cup on Saturday. This was a disappointing result from a game that looked like petering out to a draw before 10-man Eton Manor scored in the 94th mi
BARKING were dealt a last-minute blow by Eton Manor in the semi-final, first leg of the Essex Senior League Cup on Saturday.
This was a disappointing result from a game that looked like petering out to a draw before 10-man Eton Manor scored in the 94th minute.
The game was played in conditions that were hardly complementary to good football, a swirling wind gusted across Mayesbrook and in the second half, Liam Stone's goal kicks were hardly reaching the half way line. Early on though the home side adopted a shoot on sight policy - a flick on by Dean Clark found Fabio Jesus, but his first-time effort just cleared the bar.
This first real chance arrived on 28 minutes, when some slack defending let in Manor's Bradley Nelson who, to the relief of the home support, drove his effort wide of Stone's goal when he looked to certain to score.
That chance was a rarity as both sides seemed to lack the killer touch needed to nudge themselves ahead in the tie with both defences on top.
The home side's reply was a deft left wing cross which goalkeeper Andy Hall could only get a hand on and the bounce beat the back arcing jump of Clark as attempted to turn it goal ward. As the interval approached, Barking had another long-range shot, again from Thomas, and although not high was just wide of the goal. The final chance of the 45 minutes fell to the visitors and Stone, making his real save of the game quickly left his line, narrowed the angle and saved well with his legs.
Barking rallied in the second period and had chances before the away side were dealt a blow. Manor were reduced to ten men after 61 minutes when a corner was gathered by Stone, but the referee Mr Hogg showed a red card to the visitors Bradley Nelson for what he believed to a elbow on the home keeper.
This did not deter Manor, and only a good save from Stone prevented Liam Mulcare putting the visitors in front. Despite a flurry of free kicks awarded for some muscular challenges, including a heavy one from the visitors' Liam Allen on Clark which resulted in the Barking player being substituted and earned the perpetuator a yellow card, a clear chance could not be fashioned. In added time, a good cross by Abraham Adejokun who been pushed further forward by Clark's departure was met by Jesus on the edge of the box and agonisingly his low shot crept wide.
On 94 minutes Eton Manor forced two corners in succession and although the first was cleared behind, the second was smacked against the bar and fell invitingly for visiting captain Steve Willis to volley home, despite Stone getting a good hand on the ball in a brave effort to keep it out. There was no time to respond as the home side kicked off the referee blew his whistle to end the game.
Barking: Stone, Adejokun, Scadden, Hughes, Lethbridge, Thomas, Dennis (Omobeghin 88), Jesus, Noakes, Miller (Ross 94), D Clark (Bennett 72). Subs: B Clark, Greenwood.