O’Shea praises Barking’s determination
PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 September 2015
Blues beat Hullbridge on penalties despite being reduced to 10 men
Barking boss Mick O’Shea hailed his team’s resilience after they progressed past Hullbridge Sports in the first round of the Essex Senior Cup on a night of high drama at Lower Road.
The Blues took the lead in the 33rd minute through Ryan Creed but saw Ben Turner sent off shortly after half time.
Hullbridge made the most of their advantage to pull a goal back and take the match to penalties.
Barking eventually prevailled in the shootout 9-8 to set up a home tie with Southend Manor in the next round and O’Shea was pleased with the grit shown by his team.
“I’m delighted for the lads. They grafted really hard after the red card. Hullbridge nicked one back and started to put pressure on us,” said O’Shea.
“We went down their without 10 players so it was a daunting task but it was a fantastic effort from all the players involved.
“The boys who came in took their chance well and showed what they are made of. It was a great performance with something of a skeleton squad.”
Turner’s red card in the 48th minute had the chance of turning the game on its head, with the defender dismissed when the Blues held a one goal advantage.
Hullbridge did draw one back and put Barking under pressure but could not find a vital winner as the match went to penalties.
And while his team may have eventually won, O’Shea believes the referee made a mistake in dismissing Turner.
“It was never a red card, it was a yellow at best,” added O’Shea. “He wasn’t the last man but it was a crazy decision early in the second half that could have cost us.”
With so many first team players missing the clash at Lower Road, there was an opportunity for some of the younger member of the Blues squad to shine.
Creed took his goal well, cutting in from the byline before slotting the ball underneath the keeper and O’Shea admits he is impressed by the 18-year-old’s development.
“Ryan is continually improving, which is great to see. He took his goal really well and the older lads in the squad are appreciating his work ethic.
“We had Matt Ashwell on the bench last night as well, who was prolific in the reserve league for East Thurrock last year. There were a couple of things he tried that didn’t come off but he told me he realised that after the game.”
“The two are young guys still learning how to play but look like having really bright futures in the game.”
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