FA Vase: London Bari, Sporting Bengal, Canning Town progress
PUBLISHED: 09:10 25 September 2016
Trio celebrate tense wins
London Bari 2 Barkingside 1 (aet)
London Bari booked their place in the next round of the FA Vase with an extra-time win against Barkingside at the Old Spotted Dog.
The visitors had taken the Essex Senior League points a week earlier, thanks to a 1-0 win in east London.
And substitute Marvin Birch put them ahead midway through the second half, having replaced David Laird in the 36th minute.
But Junior Decker got Bari back on terms almost immediately and when neither side could find a winner, the tie went to an extra 30 minutes.
And a penalty shoot-out was only six minutes away when Senou Kone struck the winner for the home side.
Bari are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to landlords Clapton for a league derby at the Old Spotted Dog.
Sporting Bengal 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 2
Sporting Bengal held off a late rally from the Robins to secure victory at Mile End Stadium.
The visitors had romped to a 5-1 win when the sides met 10 days earlier in the league, but Shiblu Miah put the home side ahead on 19 minutes.
Ashan Sadik doubled their advantage just three minutes later and Abdi Samad put Imrul Gazi’s men 3-0 up on the stroke of half time to leave them with one foot in the first round.
The scoreline remained unchanged until six minutes from time, when Reece Cosson pulled one back for the visitors.
And Cosson struck again in the final minute of normal time to set nerves jangling in the home ranks, before they safely navigated stoppage time to seal their progress.
Manager Gazi tweeted: “My Sporting lads keep upsetting the odds. Shows what a bit of trust & faith in local talent can achieve. We have ability. #Belief #FAVase #Proud.”
Sporting Bengal return to league action on Wednesday with a trip to Waltham Forest
Southend Manor 0 Canning Town 0 (4-5 pens)
It was a case of third time lucky for Canning Town as they secured their first-ever win in the FA Vase after a penalty shoot-out.
The Essex Olympian League club had lost 7-0 to Erith Town on their competition debut seven years ago and lost 3-0 in a replay to Eton Manor in 2011.
But having made a bright start to the Premier Division campaign, they upset Essex Senior League side Manor for an historic triumph at Southchurch Park.
Cousins Neil and Chris Barratt shone in the heart of the visiting defence, but neither side could find the net during two hours of play.
Nick Wilson saved the 12th spot-kick of the shoot-out, though, to send Town through and they will now eagerly await Monday’s draw to see who they face in the first round.
Canning Town: N Wilson, Betts, Dyer, N Barratt, C Barratt, Gowiand, Henry, Argent, Edwards, Carter, Pearson. Subs: Field, Ozerek, L Wilson, Mooney.
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