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Essex Senior League: Barkingside 0 FC Romania 1

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 January 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside edged out by promotion hopefuls FC Romania thanks to a second-half penalty from Cosmin Anton.

Michael Walther’s men remain 16th in the Essex Senior League and Ionuţ Vintilă’s men cut down Redbridge lead at the top to three points after sealing a 1-0 victory at Cricklefield Stadium.

An early chance for the visitors saw Florin Pop hit a weak low effort wide of the post, before a poor back pass from the hosts put keeper Ryan Karrer in trouble and the ball ended up going just wide as the visitors had the better of the opening exchanges.

But with twenty minutes left in the match FCR won a penalty after Barcari went down inside the box, and Anton sent Karrer the wrong way to give the visitors the lead.

Maximov then came on for the hosts and almost sealed the points when he hooked an effort just wide, before Pop then blasted an effort against the post.

The visitors were almost made to pay for those misses when a knock down to Roddy Lemba almost saw the striker convert, but he could only fire his effort over, and a pretty poor game was settled by a second half spot kick.

Barkingside: Karrer, Joseph, Hunnicks, Kelly, Mendy, Abitogun, Lemba, Billzy, Imbert, Ogboin, Santos.

Subs: Bottone, Briggs, Etcheri, Mitchell-Brown, Mulholland.

FC Romania: Stroe, Diny, Sanou, Barcari, Bariu, Lueu, Balsann, Taban, Sighiaragu, Anton, Pop.

Subs: Darabant, Ghinea, Botdjan, Maximov, Telloaca.

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