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O’Shea hopes for change in Barking’s cup luck

PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 September 2015

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

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

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Blues boss wants run in Essex Senior Cup after early exits in other competitions

Barking may not have had the best of times in cup competitions this season but boss Mick O’Shea believes the team can progress past Hullbridge Sports in the Essex Senior Cup tonight.

The Blues’ defence of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy ended in the first round after defeat to FC Romania while last year’s title rivals Haringey Borough knocked the Mayesbrook Park club out of the FA Cup.

Barking’s cup form is a contrast to that in the Essex Senior League, where they are unbeaten in their first four fixtures O’Shea is confident his team can change their luck in knockout football at Lower Road.

“That’s the whole objective of this match - we want to progress and go as far as we can,” said O’Shea.

“We are disappointed about how we’ve done in the cups so far but we have to move on from that disappointment and the best way to do that is with a win.”

In the build up to the new season, O’Shea spoke openly of his admiraton for Hullbridge and how he believed they would shock people this year.

O’Shea’s prediction appears to have come to fruition with Sports having lost just once this campaign and the Barking boss is fully aware of the task his team face.

“They are a good team and they’ve started the season well,” he added.

“It will be a good test for us but, as always, I’m confident about our chances of getting the win.”


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