Side let two-goal lead slip to suffer Manor defeat
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 August 2018
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Essex Senior League: Barkingside 2 Southend Manor 3
Southend Manor, coated in yellow and black, achieved their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Barkingside in light sky blue at Cricklefield Stadium on Monday night.
Michael Walther’s team held a two-goal advantage at one stage, but failed to hold onto it and suffered a frustrating defeat.
The Essex Senior League game began with an electric start with Bobby Sears, the brother of former West Ham player Freddie Sears securing a goal for Barkingside after only two minutes.
Euan Taylor-Reid, playing defensive midfield, struck a long ball which was headed down by Jerry Jairette, which gave Seers the opportunity to run onto the ball to secure the opening goal for the Blues.
From the get go Barkingside dominated the play putting pressure on Southend Manor’s defence.
In the sixth minute Barkingside’s centre back Callum Matthews hit a shot from 25-yards which went wide.
Additionally, ten minutes into the game a throw on by Barkingside’s left back Gelashuili Morisi was controlled by Jairette, who unluckily hit a shot from the left-hand side that went over the bar.
However, Southend Manor refused to give up fighting, with their captain Robbie Norris taking a shot at the goal from a free kick at the 12th minute which was easily saved by Barkingside’s goal keeper Mike Breckenridge.
Charlie Little as Southend Manor’s striker, showed desire for his team in his attempt to score for his corner from the left which was later headed by Lee Delf, who narrowly missed the goal heading the ball onto the bar.
But Barkingside did not allow Southend Manor to take control of the first half for too long.
At 19 minutes into the first half Barkingside’s right-back Kirk McPherson made a cross which led to a staggering jump out of the goal by Southend Manor’s Goal Keeper Lewis Catling, who punched the goal away from danger.
Nonetheless, Southend Manor were unable to keep their guard against Barkingside’s growing pressure on their defensive line.
At the twenty third minute, the yellows conceded a goal because of a mistake by one of their centre back’s Joe Gilbert, who was unable to keep control of a long ball that came from Barkingside’s defence which led to Mark Frostick of Barkingside taking a shot 15 yards outside of the box.
Southend Manor’s Catling came out of goal to try and intercept the ball, but unfortunately came out too far and missed the ball, giving Barkingside a 2-0 advantage.
After thirty minutes Jairette of Barkingside was substituted for Aaron Hunwicks because he sustained an injury from a collision with Southend Manor’s Kiah Froud.
The first half ended at 45+2 minutes with an optimism from Barkingside after taking the lead over their opponents.
However, despite playing for Southend Manor Mohamed Kargbo their striker with his light footwork and lively play stood out as one the best players throughout the first half, leaving the crowd with the suspicion that there would be more to come from him and his team.
As suspected Southend Manor came back to the second half with a changed attitude. The team showed more eagerness and urgency in their play leading to their overall domination over the home side.
With 58 minutes into the game Joe Gilbert of Southend Manor was fouled leading to a freekick.
In an electric moment of play Gilbert took the freekick which was deflected off a Barkingside defender and fell into the possession of Rhys Fatt Southend Manor’s forward who placed the ball into the net.
At 66 minutes Barkingside made a substitution that altered the dynamics of the game, their number 9 Bobby Sears was taken off and replaced by Michael Bottone as the new striker.
Although Bottone showed prowess in his attempts to score throughout the game, in the first half Sears stood out as the Barkingside player who was able to put the most pressure on Southend Manor’s defensive line.
Without him it became notable that Barkingside lost the superior edge that they held in the first half leading to Southend quickly regaining confidence and beginning to dictate the direction of the play.
Not long after Sears’ substitution from a throw in, Southend Manors Fatt was able to lob a ball into the net from the edge of the box creating a 2-2 equaliser.
Nevertheless, Barkingside were determined to get back into the game taking several failed chances at scoring against the away side.
At the 78th minute Barkingside’s number seven Frostick made a brilliant run and crossed the ball into the Southend Manor’s box leading to a looping header by Jacob Dingli which was ultimately saved by Catling.
Despite this brave attempt, only a minute afterwards Kargbo and Fatt had a swift and quick interchange of the ball leading to Southend Manor securing their third goal scored by Kargbo himself, who received the ball back from Fatt and curled the ball with his left foot into the right-hand side of the goal.
With a 3-2 lead, Southend manor continued to battle hard for a fourth goal, with a free kick being given to the team for a foul that had been done on Perry Hirst at the edge of the box, leading to their capitain Robbie Norris’ attempt at a free kick which went over the bar.
As the whistle blew at the 90+4 minutes, the yellows left Cricklefield triumphant over the home side who faced their first league loss of the season.