School sport: Barking Abbey crowned county champions
PUBLISHED: 14:30 16 May 2017
Barking Abbey School 2 SEEVIC College 0
Barking Abbey School under 19’s were crownd the Essex County Schools FA Chairman’s Trophy with an impressive 2-0 victory over SEEVIC College.
Goals in each half from Solomon Ogunwomoju and Godfrey Kambaza sealed the first Essex Schools Under 19s Open Competition title for Barking Abbey School at the Lakeside Sports Ground.
There were experienced faces in the opposing technical areas, as Essex County FA Under 18s Assistant Manager Andy Tickner and former Southend United and Colchester United goalkeeper Carl Emberson oversaw the Barking Abbey side, while ex-Southend United boss Steve Tilson and fellow ex-professional Danny Greaves controlled the SEEVIC side.
Despite difficult, windy conditions, both sides looked to play good football, but a Barking Abbey side which included nine players who won the national Inter-County Trophy with Essex just six days earlier ultimately proved a little too strong for a SEEVIC squad who continued to play the right way throughout.
Early on, Abbey’s Ogunwomoju saw a free-kick blocked by the wall prior to the tricky striker handing his side the lead with just six minutes played, latching onto a through ball and slotting beyond goalkeeper Liam Smith and inside the near post.
A low effort from SEEVIC’s Ellis Porter was well held by Abbey keeper Ibrahim Ugradar before SEEVIC stopper Smith did well to fingertip Reyen El Hafidi’s free kick on to the crossbar, with the ball then scrambled clear.
Soon after, Nathan Douglas set piece was held by Smith, while El Hafidi also stabbed over the top from close range.
Ugradar was soon called back into action as he steered clear a long range effort from Finley Dopson.
The second-half saw Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi burst into the box, only to be denied by SEEVIC defender Tom Berry.
By the 69th minute it was 2-0, as Kambaza initially saw his angled shot blocked, before tucking home the rebound into the far corner.
It wasn’t until the dying seconds, when the striker, Kambaza cut inside and had his shot stopped by Smith just before the final whistle.
Barking Abbey School: Ibrahim Ugradar, Nathan Douglas, Sam Mvemba, Misha Djemaili, Olamiji Ayoola, Seif Hashim, Jayde Abraham, Darnell Broomfield, Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi, Godfrey Kambaza, Solomon Ogunwomoju, Ryan Knight, Reyen El Hafidi, Adem Mazreku, Rowan Newland, Golden Igbineweku.
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