O’Shea eager for cup progress

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 September 2015

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Barking manager hopes prospect of plum draw helps club progress past Southend Manor

Barking boss Mick O’Shea believes his team have a big carrot to chase ahead of their Essex Senior Cup second round tie at home to Southend Manor tonight.

The next round sees sides from the Ryman League and higher enter the comeptition, including clubs from the Football League.

Victory at Mayesbrook Park tonight would put the Blues in the hat for the third round alongside the likes of Dagenham & Redbridge, Southend United and Colchester United.

O’Shea hopes the prospect of drawing one of those sides is enough of an incentive, but has also called on his team to start putting together a good run of results.

“We’ve played against big teams in the past and the lads will want to play against the higher teams,” said O’Shea.

“But the focus for us is try to get a run of wins going. I know it sounds silly because we’re unbeaten but we haven’t strung wins together yet this season.

“I don’t mean for this be a flippant remark, but I believe we are capable of winning every match we play.”

Barking are likely to welcome back several key players for the cup tie with their Essex Senior League rivals, which O’Shea knows will only boost his teams’ chances of progress.

“Jay Taylor will return and make his first proper appearance of the season. We’ll also have Brad Ling and Glen Golby back too.

“We will have a few missing for the game but we have a good seven or eight good players to pick from for our pick five, which is a nice problem to have.”

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