Mon 03
Barkingside FC
Sporting Bengal United
K Heather (24')
Side Suffer Home Defeat To Bengal

Side Suffer Home Defeat To Bengal

By Adam Dennehey
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Barkingside’s nine-match unbeaten league run came to an end last night as Gus Gulfer’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sporting Bengal United.

Before kick-off a minute’s silence was held in honour of ‘Side’s former U17 player Andrew Balfour, who passed away following a battle with Leukaemia.

After a bright start by both sides, ‘Side took the lead on 24 minutes with winger Kai Heather producing a fine lob over Bengal keeper Denzel Kobia.

In similar style Jason Fontaine almost doubled the lead shortly after but his attempt only found the side-netting.

Oscar Mendes was looking dangerous for Bengal and the forward saw a header and shot go wide shortly before the interval. ‘Side’s last chance of the half fell to defender Scott Mitchell but he could only head wide from Paul Wright’s free-kick.

After starting the second-half well, Bengal equalised on 63 minutes when Mendes lobbed ‘Side keeper Tyler McCarthy to level the scores.

Nine minutes later ‘Side were 2-1 behind, with a familiar face to putting Bengal in front. Lewis Francis, who scored key goals for the Sky Blues during Matt Frew’s time in charge, doing well to drive home a shot from the edge of the box past McCarthy in goal.

Yaya Embalo added a third for Bengal with a fine finish on 83 minutes to seal the win for the visitors.

‘Side are back in action on Easter Friday when they host London Bari at Cricklefields. Kick-off for that match is at 7:45pm.

‘Side: Tyler McCarthy, Ibrahim Conteh, Paul Wright, Scott Mitchell, Danny Blake (Augustus Ruzgas), Jason Ajoodha, Kai Heather (George Ademiluyi), Sam Edwards, Jason Fontaine, David Laird, Liam Clifton (Fionn Glancy).

Subs Not Used: Jimmy Nottage, Marvin Birch

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Mon 03, Apr 2017