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O’Shea: We should have beaten Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 September 2015

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

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

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Barking boss upset as team fail to close gap on leaders Bowers & Pitsea

Barking boss Mick O’Shea was disappointed his side need a late equaliser to rescue a point against Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League.

The Blues had fallen behind to a 15th minute opener for the hosts from Patrick Lukondo, but Wale Odedoyin levelled things up 10 minutes later.

Hamlets retook the lead through O’Neal Rowe with 19 minutes remaining and looked set to hold on to the win before Matt Ashwell scored for Barking in injury time.

Despite twice coming from behind, O’Shea believes his team missed an opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Bowers & Pitsea, who also drew on Saturday.

“It’s two points dropped rather than one point gained in my eyes,” said the Blues manager, “It’s frustrating because we had a lot of possession.

“Their goalkeeper did well but we weren’t at the races. We gave them too much space and allowed them to take the lead. Their second was a lovely free kick but their first was a sloppy goal to concede.”

Ashwell is currently on loan at Mayesbrook Park from East Thurrock United but has made a positive impression on O’Shea.

The Blues boss has also been pleased with fellow loanee Kieran English, whose parent club is Hornchurch, and believes the pair can only get better over the coming weeks.

“Kieran looked good up top against Tower Hamlets and Matt is prolific as well but I don’t think he’s ready for 90 minutes at this stage.

“He took his goal well but he’s a young lad and I don’t think he’s physical enough to through the middle in this league at the minute. That’s why he played wide as part of a front three.”


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