Mon 18
Barkingside FC
D Jones (76'), J Gent (82')
Cup Defeat To Holland

Cup Defeat To Holland

By Adam Dennehey
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Barkingside fell out of the BBC Essex Senior Cup after losing an entertaining Preliminary Round tie 3-2 at Cricklefields to Hollland.

After a goalless first-half, which presented 'Side with some chances, the game came alive after half-time.

Holland came out of the blocks brilliantly after the break and inside the opening five minutes of the half struck the bar whilst having three goal-bound efforts blocked.

On 56 minutes Holland took the lead in somewhat lucky circumstances. A cross in the area struck striker Ryan Mahon with the ball somehow creeping it's way over the line, past keeper Lubomir Georgiev and two defenders who failed to clear the ball.

Holland doubled their lead two minutes later when Mahon beat keeper Georgiev to a cross, to head tge ball in for his and his team's second of the match.

On 66 minutes Holland went 3-0 up when Harry Willoughby completed a fine team-move, making it three goals conceded in a poor 10 minute spell for the hosts.

To their credit 'Side didn't roll over and fought back in a thrilling ending to the game. First Dan Jones scored on 76 minutes with a lovely half-volley from outside the box.

Then just six minutes later 'Side grabbed a second when a good strike from Joe Gent inside the area went in off the post.

'Side were now pressing for an equaliser to take the game to penalties, but couldn't get that elusive goal with their best effort going narrowly wide in injury-time.

Despite losing, the Sky Blues showed character in defeat and will look to bounce back with good results in the league. Holland will now face either Benfleet or Wivenhoe Town in the First Round of the competition.

'Side are next in action away to title-contenders Halstead Town on Saturday 23rd October. Kick-off for that match is at 3pm.

'Side: Lubomir Georgiev, Jordan Cornelius, Shaquel Foyewa, Jason Jones (Quincy Warner), Osas Umaru, Elliot Scott, David Etcheri, Archie Hammond, Sam Jones (James Peagram), Dan Jones, Joe Gent

Subs Not Used: Alvin Mupere, Andreas Piccolo

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Mon 18, Oct 2021