Barkingside pay the penalty in Essex Senior Cup
PUBLISHED: 08:44 01 September 2016
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Barkingside 1 Coggeshall Town 1 (2-4 pens)
Barkingside bowed out of the BBC Essex Sport Essex Senior Cup after a penalty shoot-out at Cricklefield Stadium last night.
Originally drawn as the away team, Barkingside hosted the match as Coggeshall’s floodlights are not yet in service at their West Street ground.
But the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One side came into the tie – their first in the competition for around 40 years – on the back of a 2-0 win over Team Bury, which had taken them to the top of the table.
Barkingside, meanwhile, had lost 2-0 at home to Waltham Forest and manager Gursel Gulfer made nine changes to his starting line-up, with only Palu Wright and Jake Mochalski retained.
The home side took a 19th-minute lead too courtesy of Vasilis Xrisikos, who produced a fine finish from Mochalski’s pass.
But the visitors hit back 13 minutes from time in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when Danny Scott found space on the right wing and sent in a low cross which was diverted past Jack Francis by Aiden Lucas for an own goal.
Coggeshall were then reduced to 10 men when Nmamdi Nwachaku was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, but they held on until the final whistle before coming out on top from the spot.
Victory earned Coggeshall a trip to Stansted in the second round, while Barkingside will now turn their attention back to the Essex Senior League and their meeting with new boys West Essex at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.
Barkingside: Francis, Ajoodha (Konway 82), Blake, Hickford, Laird, Lucas, Mochalski, Tijani, Wright (MacPherson 84), Xrisikos.
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