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Now it’s a Jersey dream after Saints are tamed

PUBLISHED: 17:32 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010

SMILE PLEASE . . . the Barking & Dagenham under-11s district side, who beat St Albans on Saturday and are now off to Jersey. If you would like to see your team in the Post, e-mail your photos in jpeg

SMILE PLEASE . . . the Barking & Dagenham under-11s district side, who beat St Albans on Saturday and are now off to Jersey. If you would like to see your team in the Post, e-mail your photos in jpeg

Barking and Dagenham 4 St Albans 1 BARKING & DAGENHAM turned in an accomplished performance on Saturday to brush aside a spirited St Albans side. The victors were lively from the first whistle and quickly put pressure on the St Albans goal. Alfie Hawes

Barking and Dagenham 4 St Albans 1

BARKING & DAGENHAM turned in an accomplished performance on Saturday to brush aside a spirited St Albans side.

The victors were lively from the first whistle and quickly put pressure on the St Albans goal.

Alfie Hawes and Paulius Ditkevicious combined well down the right but Hawes' cross was cleared for a corner, though it was from this that Barking & Dagenham took the lead.

Hawes swung the ball in and it found Mark Frostick, who made no mistake from 12 yards with a smart half volley.

They almost doubled their lead moments later, but Christian Panuki's shot was well saved as Barking & Dagenham dominated the game, with Timi Abiola and Ditk-evicious controlling the middle of the park.

Both Frostick and Hawes found space out wide as the district side knocked the ball around confidently, as Joe McDermott and Panuki caused problems up front with their intelligent running.

Owen Edobor saw a shot cleared to safety, but the first half ended with St Albans putting some pressure on Sam Heard's goal and the Parsloes stopper twice had to be alert to keep the visitors at bay.

Barking & Dagenham soon extended their lead in the second half, as top scorer Edobor produced a trademark finish after midfield maestro Ditkevicious sent the St Peters man away.

Two quickly became three, as the under-11s started to turn on the style. The impressive Alozie combined with Edobor and his cross was only half cleared before Frostick smashed the ball home.

St Albans never gave in, and found a way back into the game with a slice of luck. A shot was half blocked by Joe Davis and Cole Saunders acrobatically prevented the ball from going in, but the ball struck a St Albans player in the face and bounced into the unguarded net!

However, any revival hopes were quickly extinguished as the home side added a fourth goal. Again, the goal was made down the left, as Alozie and Hawes combined and the former's cross was scrambled home by Charlie Herring.

Frostick had a chance to complete his hat-trick but his well-struck free kick was held by the overworked St Albans keeper.

n THE team now head to Jersey, where a 14-strong Barking & Dagenham under-11s sqaud take part in the 34th annual Primary Schools' Festival of Football.

They will spend a week playing against other districts from around the country as well as sampling the delights of the island.

The party will be lead by Dave Moore and Graeme Farquhar, both teachers from the borough, and the cost of the trip has been met through the fundraising efforts of the players.

"It is a great event and the boys will have a tremendous time," said Farquhar, who will be on his second trip compared to Moore's eighth venture.

"It's a brilliant way for the children to learn new skills on and off the pitch as well as having great fun," he said.

Barking & Dagenham squad: Edobor, McDermott, Gaetian, Frostick, Ditkevicius, Herring, Abiola, Saunders, Rhodes, Davies, Hawes, O'Connor, Heard, Alozie.

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