O’Shea: Our kids are all right

PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:55 27 September 2015

Barking beat Southend Manor 5-1 to progress to the next round of the Essex Senior Cup (pic: Robert Craven/

Barking beat Southend Manor 5-1 to progress to the next round of the Essex Senior Cup (pic: Robert Craven/


Barking manager praises youth products after win over Southend Manor

Barking boss Mick O’Shea praised the products of the club’s youth academy after they fired the team into the third round of the Essex Senior Cup.

Joe Omnigate scored a double in a 5-1 win against Southend Manor at Mayesbrook Park, with James Barlow, Sipho Mtyanda and Ryan Creed also scoring.

The famous five have all come through the club’s youth system and O’Shea was delighted to see it pay dividends.

“The lads from the academy took their chances well. Joe took his chances well and it was nice to see James, Sipho and Ryan score too. We won the game thanks to players who came through our academy,” said O’Shea.

“We had a few players missing for a few different reasons and had to take one or two off last night because of knocks but it was good to have James back.

“Southend didn’t offer much but we’re pleased with the score and happy to be prolific, something which I have been calling for all season.”

The remaining clubs from across the county will join Barking in the hat for the next round, including sides from the Football League.

With the draw set to take place on Monday, O’Shea already has his sights on a dream tie for the Blues.

He added: “It would be nice to draw a senior club just for the experience of playing them. Imagine beating Dagenham & Redbridge in a derby at their ground!”

“We deserve to be in the cup and it would be good if we can take the performance against Southend into the league. We’ve have opportunities to score but we haven’t had a relaxed finisher.

“We’ve got a mature midfield, a very capable defence and it’s starting to look like our attack is coming together now too.”

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