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Barkingside U21s want Cup glory

PUBLISHED: 10:06 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:06 25 March 2015

Barkingside under-21s play Pro-Athletic in the final of the County Cup (pic: Essex FA)

Barkingside under-21s play Pro-Athletic in the final of the County Cup (pic: Essex FA)

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Side youth team take on Pro-Athletic in County Cup

Barkingside’s under-21s will be hopeful of picking up their first trophy when they play Pro-Athletic in the County Cup final.

They travel to the Len Salmon Stadium in Basildon on tonight to take on a club from County Motor Works Vauxhall Mid Essex League Division Four that are only in their second season.

The youngsters are the only team from the Ryman under-21s league to have entered the competition and made the showpiece event after seeing off Maryland Village.

Side have put a poor campaign behind them to progress in the cup and manager Danny Lee says it has been a welcome distraction.

“We’ve actually picked up all our league points since reaching the final, but I think that’s just a coincidence really,” said Lee.

“They have continued to improve over the season and the cup run has certainly had an impact on that. Hopefully they’ll continue their progress.”

The Sky Blues’ exploits in the tournament this campaign have seen them net 21 times in just five matches en route to the final.

It dwarfs their league total, having scoring 16 goals in 11 games, and Lee is hopeful the team can continue their cup form.

“I’m over the moon with the boys, to be honest. Most of the boys are under 18 as well, with only two or three a bit older, so to do so well in a men’s competition has been a great achievement.”


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