Barking give O’Shea perfect send-off with win at Bengal
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 October 2015
Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United 1 Barking 2
A contender for goal of the season helped give Barking all three points over local rivals Sporting Bengal United and ensure the hosts fell to a second successive home defeat of the season after losing to Bowers & Pitsea last Wednesday.
The victory for the Blues saw them move ahead of the Mile End Stadium outfit in the Essex Senior League table and into eighth position.
Barking’s 2-1 success was a fitting way for manager Mick O’Shea to sign off after three successful years in charge as he now steps down to concentrate on the clubs academy.
Anwar Uddin’s home side came into the contest with several injuries to contend with and up against an O’Shea team determined to give their departing boss the perfect send off.
From the outset Barking looked the sharper of the two sides and Kieran English played a great ball from the right into the box, finding Wale Odedoyin, but his shot failed to test the home goalkeeper after 10 minutes.
Minutes later, Odedoyin was to be denied twice by Bengal custodian, Lewis Lockyer.
The first opportunity came from a pinpoint cross by Joe Pearman, making his debut for the Blues, but Ododoyin’s header was straight at Lockyer. The second was a golden chance, one on one but the onrushing Bengal goalie triumphed again.
Afterwards Pearman had an effort from 30-yards-out which cannoned off the crossbar and Uddin’s men were looking shell shocked and on the ropes.
But Bengal replied with a sucker punch, just before half time, and caught Barking out with a smart counter attacking goal.
Taj Hussain was fouled 30-yards out, Shah Mashud took the free kick quickly, playing a lovely ball to Tunde Adewunmi and he finished into the top corner.
So O’Shea’s last 15 minute team talk would have to be a rousing one. His team certainly had the better of the half so would of felt aggrieved to be trailing at the break.
However things nearly went from bad to worst for Barking when Jay Taylor slipped in the 52nd minute, but Adewunmi couldn’t capitalise.
After that it was all the visitors and their efforts were rewarded in spectacular fashion with 20 minutes remaining at the Mile End Stadium.
Joe Staunton saw Lockyer off his line and produced an effort from the half way line with his weaker left foot that not even an outstretched hand could keep out.
It was the second time the Barking midfielder had scored from range this season after doing the same against FC Romania recently.
Bengal responded and almost took the lead again in the 75th minute as Adewunmi had an effort his the post and Barking started an attack of their own afterwards.
Odedoyin again caused the home defence problems with his pace, latching onto a hopeful long ball, taking it past the Bengal goalkeeper.
He was caught, but stayed on his feet and tried to find the net, but his finishing deserted him and it remained 1-1.
Finally Barking got their reward with just minutes remaining as Odedoyin headed a free kick against the crossbar and managed to put in the rebound to give the visitors the lead.
And that was how it finished at the Mile End Stadium as O’Shea’s reign at the club ended with a 2-1 win.
He said: “I have really enjoyed my time as manager of this great club, I love working with the lads and to end on a win is special.
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the club and of course the fans, I welcome Glen Golby into managers role and wish him well.”
Bengal boss Anwar Uddin admitted his team deserved to be beaten, adding: “We deserved to lose and we were complacent towards the end.
“It’s a bit of a reality check, but my group of players will improve, this is just a bad day at the office.”