Essex Senior League: AFC Wimbledon down Redbridge in London Senior Cup while Barkingside beaten at Dulwich Hamlet
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 February 2017
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Local clubs produced battling displays in London Senior Cup, but eventually exited competition and can now turn attention back to the league
Redbridge produced a spirited showing against AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the London Senior Cup last night, but still exited the competition following a 4-1 loss.
Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton were hoping to produce another shock having beaten Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup last season.
But it wasn’t to be as the Dons scored three times in the first half to virtually ensure their passage through to the next round.
The opening exchanges of the match were tight with Redbridge keen not to give away an early goal.
Having done the hard work, Motormen then conceded in the 22nd minute as Toyosi Olusanya made the breakthrough.
The talented Dons striker, who scored in League Two last season, then watched Alfie Egan double the visitors’ advantage five minutes later.
Redbridge pushed to get back into the contest, but conceded another just before the break as George Oakley made it 3-0.
Even though the tie appeared over, the next goal after half time would be key to ensure Motormen gave themselves a slender chance of progressing.
Joe Gent ensured the Redbridge supporters had something to celebrate by scoring just before the hour mark.
But Olusanya added his second and Dons fourth just nine minutes later to wrap up the scoring at Oakside.
Redbridge exited the competition following a 4-1 defeat, but had enjoyed another good night against a professional club.
The official attendance was 66 and Motormen can now switch their attention to the Essex Senior League.
Ross and Eaton’s team host struggling Wadham Lodge this weekend looking to get back to winning ways.
Barkingside also excited the London Senior Cup last night after suffering a 7-1 defeat to Dulwich Hamlet.
The Ryman Premier side proved too strong in the end, but it was only 1-0 at half time of the tie at Champion Hill.
Gursel Gulfer’s team started brightly and Harvey Brown fired over before David Laird wasted a great chance.
Dulwich then began the get on top and Tyler McCarthy was forced to make a couple of fine saves.
But the hosts eventually did go ahead in the 32nd minute when Matt Drage converted from close range.
It remained 1-0 at the break, despite Dulwich creating several more chances, but the second period was a different story.
Ibra Sekajja doubled the hosts advantage just before the hour mark with a fine low effort before Dipo Akinyemi got on the scoresheet.
The Stevenage loanee grabbed his first in the 63rd minute and it sparked a sensational scoring spree.
Akinyemi grabbed his second three minutes later before completing his hat-trick in the 72nd minute.
Stevenage’s talented striker wasn’t content with a treble, however, and grabbed a fourth just four minutes later.
Barkingside did get themselves on the scoresheet in the 86th minute when Luke With headed home.
Dulwich had the final say when Jacob Erskine slotted past McCarthy to conclude the scoring at Champion Hill.
Gulfer’s team had suffered a heavy defeat, but could be proud of their efforts and will look bounce back on Friday when Clapton visit.