Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer insists last-gasp win over Haringey & Waltham was fully deserved

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 February 2017

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side needed a stoppage time winner from Liam Clifton to beat divisional strugglers

Manager Gursel Gulfer believes Liam Clifton’s last-minute winner against Haringey & Waltham was no less than Barkingside deserved in their Essex Senior League clash on Saturday.

Side had taken an early lead through Luke With, but fell behind as first Ben Masuku and then Thaodeus Adomakoh struck for the hosts.

The Cricklefield club restored parity through David Laird with 14 minutes to go, before Clifton snatched all three points with a late winner.

And Gulfer believes it was a fair reflection on the balance of play as Barkingside racked up a third win in five league games.

“We won the match with the last kick of the game and I felt we fully deserved the win,” he said.

“We played well, especially after making four changes from the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy loss against Eton Manor.

“Against Haringey, we had a good shape and kept it throughout, which was pleasing to see.”

Clifton had been introduced to the action as a substitute in the 54th minute, with the score 1-1 at that time.

And though the replacement’s matchwinning moment came late on, Gulfer was pleased Clifton made his presence felt after coming off the bench.

“It was a great goal from Liam, it popped out to him and he sidefooted into the top corner of the net,” added Gulfer

“Haringey have some good players, but I was pleased with the professional approach we took to the game.

“It was certainly a big change after the loss to Eton Manor and something that was needed.”

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