Great Scott lifts Barkingside
PUBLISHED: 12:38 11 August 2013
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Winning start for league new boys
Aaron Scott’s last-gasp goal lifted BARKINGSIDE to a memorable victory on their Ryman League debut at Oakside.
Matt Frew’s men began well against Division One North rivals Cheshunt, with Andy Edmunds chipping an early chance just wide.
But the hosts fell behind as Miles Mitchell-Coop headed home from Max Mitchell’s cross on 28 minutes.
But parity was restored eight minutes later as Matt Gulfer levelled for the hosts with a stunning free-kick, in front of a crowd of 104.
The match remained deadlocked throughout the second half as young keeper Dan Mulrooney produced two excellent saves to deny Cheshunt, while Toran Senghore had an effort deflected onto the crossbar.
Mulrooney pulled off another stunning save three minutes from time to keep out a Cheshunt header and it looked like the spoils would be shared, until Scott popped up in the fourth minute of injury time to head home from Adam Salmon’s cross and claim all three points for Side.
Mulrooney was named as man of the match by the home supporters after a superb display and Barkingside will look to build on their winning start when they visit Harlow on Tuesday.
The news was not so good for landlords REDBRIDGE, who fell to a 3-1 defeat against Erith & Belvedere.
Daniel Charge put the Motormen in front in Kent after only three minutes, but it proved a false dawn for joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton.
Marvin Alebiosu levelled six minutes later and Mo Conteh put the home side 2-1 up on 35 minutes.
Erith netted their third through Richard Morgan, just five minutes after the restart, and Motormen could not find a way back.
They welcome Aveley, who romped to a 6-1 win over Wroxham in their opening fixture of the new campaign after a hat-trick from Ross Wall, to Oakside on Tuesday.
ILFORD had to settle for a point in their Essex Senior League opener at Sawbridgeworth, after letting a two-goal lead slip.
The Foxes appeared to be cruising, but had goalkeeper Jordan Sole sent off before the interval.
Adam Marsh hit back for the home side after the restart and Lewis Deamer levelled as honours finished even at 2-2.
Ilford welcome Basildon to Cricklefield Stadium for their first home fixture of the campaign on Wednesday.
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