Barkingside bow out

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 September 2013

Dan Mulrooney of Barkingside (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Dan Mulrooney of Barkingside (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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FA Cup: Brantham 1 Barkingside 0

Barkingside, despite entering the FA Cup a round later due to promotion, once again fell at the first hurdle to a side a division below them.

Matt Frew’s Ryman Division One North outfit travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Brantham Athletic, just across the Suffolk Border.

But their day nearly got off to a dreadful start when straight from kick-off Dan Mulrooney was forced into a fine save inside just 10 seconds.

Brantham put the Barkingside defence under pressure a number of times in the first half, while the visitors best effort was a shot well saved by the Brantham keeper after about half an hour.

The second half was much better from the Ryman North side, who appeared to be denied a clear penalty when the ball struck the upper arm of a Brantham defender, only for the referee to wave away appeals.

Both sides caused nervy moments in each other’s defence, and for Barkingside, the ball refused to sit kindly for them as they pressed for a winner.

Then, with normal time almost up, a Matt Ryland corner for Brantham was headed in unmarked by Alex Drennan past Mulrooney to give the home side a late winner.

Barkingside pushed for an equaliser and had strong shouts for another penalty with the last action of the game, claiming the ball had bounced down and struck a Brantham hand on the goalline.

But the officials again decided differently, as Brantham pocketed the £1,950 prize money and a meeting with Needham Market in the next round on September 14.

Barkingside: Mulrooney, Doyle, Kavanagh, Crossley, Cooper, Toms, Mackin, Calloway, Edmunds, Gulfer, Senghore. Subs: Suchley, Salmon, Oxby, Cosson, Scott, Smith, Steadman.

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