Redbridge cruise to victory against rivals Ilford
PUBLISHED: 21:35 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:35 19 September 2017
Redbridge 5 Ilford 1
Redbridge cruised to a dominant 5-1 victory against local rivals Ilford in their Essex Senior League clash.
The Motormen made it five wins in a row and moved up the table thanks to braces from Brian Moses and Calvin Poku to seal the three points at Oakside.
The first chance of the match fell to Redbridge winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao who drove down the left side and drilled a shot just wide of the post in the eighth minute.
The hosts continued to mount the early pressure on and it wasn’t long before their hard work paid off as Ilford’s Chris Clarke pulled two saves but striker Brian Moses managed to scramble one home to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
Two minutes later the visitors hit back with a chance of their own as Harry Markatius whipped in a corner that curled toward the goal forcing Greene to tip it over the bar for another corner.
Ilford started to create a few more chances and Khadean Campbell let a shot fly from just outside the box after Sam Baffour made a surging run down the right flank before picking out the pacey attacker in the 21st minute.
Four minutes later Isaac Nkosi made a great last ditch tackle to stop goalscorer Brain Moses breaking through on the goal.
The Foxes kept pushing forward this time Campbell broke down the left side cutting in and beating Sam Shephard before hitting a shot straight into the arms of keeper Lewis Greene in the 28th minute.
Redbridge’s top goal-scorer Calvin Poku extended his side’s lead when he chipped the ball up and over the top Ilford keeper Clarke after his partner Moses delivered a fantastic ball up the pitch to pick him out and make it 2-0 after 35 minutes.
Chris Clarke kept his side at 2-0 as he denied a Redbridge attack on the line after an incoming corner was scrambled towards his net five minutes before half-time.
Ilford made a half-time substitution to try change the shape and momentum of the game, but it was the hosts who pushed on in the opening few minutes, with Joshua Hutchinson cutting inside the box and causing chaos.
The winger tried firing a shot from close range, but the visitors Bill Rungay pulled off a superb block to stop the ball going through.
Ilford tried getting their way back into the match as they broke up the pitch, but strikers strikers Sherwin Stanley and James Peagram miss communicated and lost possession on the ball.
Redbridge forced back with Hutchinson making some lively runs and eventually sending the ball across the pitch to Sam Shephard who picked out Brian Moses on the back post who headed one in off the cross bar to make it 3-0 in the 57th minute.
The hosts striker Poku bullied his way through the Ilford defence but couldn’t beat Clarke, Courtney Homans followed up for a rebound but is also denied by the shot-stopper in the 76th minute.
A minute later the keeper’s luck run out as he slipped and the ball rolled to Poku who slotted it home to give his side a 4-0 lead.
The hosts held on for the final eight minutes and picked up the three points.
Ilford didn’t give up and managed to strike one back when substitute Jamie Hart hit home his own rebound in the 82nd minute to make it 4-1.
Redbridge finished the game off when Homans banged the ball into the back of the net to make it 5-1 despite Clarke getting a touch to it in the final minute.
Redbridge: Greene, Shephard (Homans 58), Worrell, Harris, Mbamarah, Murphy, Hutchinson, Duggan (Toussaint 61), Poku, Moses (Mtyanda 73), Coxi-Sebastfao
Unused subs: Thomas, Nelson.
Ilford: Clarke, Baffour, Campbell, Szajewski, Nkosi, Rix, Rungay (Graham 61), Lockwood, Stanley (Hart 54), Peagram, Markatis (Paliulis 45).
Unused subs: Jackson, Anjourin.
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