School Sport: Barking Abbey miss out in final
PUBLISHED: 14:20 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:20 01 May 2015
Under-18 squad fall at Fleetwood
Barking Abbey‘s under-18 boys’ football team had their dreams of winning a fourth ESFA National Schools’ title in 11 years shattered for a second consecutive year.
The students never came to terms with gale-force winds in the first half of their final against Newcastle’s Monkseaton School at Fleetwood, with chances few and far between and finding it difficult to get into their normal fluent passing game.
The best opportunity came on 20 minutes when forward Owen Edobor was put through, with Dion Macfoy-Johnston in close support, but after the two combined strike from the edge of the box was deflected behind for a corner.
Monkseaton caught Abbey on the counter-attack 10 minutes later, forcing them to concede a throw deep into their half.
And Abbey failed to prevent the Monkseaton wide man from turning in their penalty area to cross for the onrushing forward to convert from close range for a 1-0 lead at the break.
Abbey started the second half in a more positive vain and created several good chances, with Edobor and Jamie Cartney-Chand both put through by Paulius Ditkevicius inside the first 15 minutes.
Both Abbey players managed to round the keeper, only to have their attempts blocked on the line by the retreating defenders.
The introduction of Armand Tshela and Raheel Gohil into the line-up gave Abbey impetus and resulted in probably their best chance to get back into the tie.
Good combination play down the Abbey right saw a cross from Cartney-Chand deflected narrowly wide of the far post by Edobor from inside the six-yard box with left back Obed Agyekum poised for a tap-in.
Abbey’s last real threat to the Monkseaton goal came with 15 minutes remaining when a deep cross from the right saw Ryan Mallett climb at the far post to head narrowly over.
With 10 minutes remaining Monkseaton breached the Abbey defence and forcedg keeper Callum Chafer to make a good save.
But the ball was only partially cleared from the resulting corner and a shot from the edge of the box was cruelly deflected into the net to seal a 2-0 victory.
Barking Abbey: Callum Chafer, Raheel Gohil, Dion Macfoy-Johnston, Armand Tshela, Obed Agyekum, Isaak Bascombe, Jamie Cartney-Chand, Paulius Ditkevicius, Owen Edobor, Emmanuel Igbineweka, Evaristo Kitoko, Ryan Mallett, Fahad Nazor, Emmanuel Oluwole, Warren Thomas, Darnell Weise.
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