Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford (ESL)

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Date: Monday 19th September 2016

Attendance: 97

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Sky Blue socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red & White Shorts, White Socks

Ilford’s players training before the match

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Monday Evening Football returned to Cricklefield with a derby between Barkingside & Ilford in an ESL encounter.

‘Side started this match slightly better as Ilford seemed content to allow their opponents to come at them, though they defended stoutly. Barkingside forwards Luke With and Michael Ademilyu both had chances to put the Sky Blues in front, though both efforts were comfortably saved by Ilford ‘keeper Chris Clark.

As the first half wore on, the Foxes came back into the match, with the strike pairing of Dan Jones & Sipho Mtyanda both being denied. Ademilyu though continued to be a threat for the ‘hosts’ though, running down the left flank, it certainly gave the Ilford defence something to think about.

Half-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford

The second half began with ‘Side once again looking to get forward, though soon afterwards, the game started to see a number of crunching tackles going in, something that we didn’t really see in the first period.

Ilford’s Aziz Kanu blasted a good effort from 20 yards over the bar around the hour mark, as the Foxes really looked to ramp it up going forward. At this point, the game went into its most frenetic phase. With had a decent strike blocked on the line for ‘Side, who then saw captain Paul Wright sent off for a bad tackle.

‘Side substitute Danny Hayes nodded a header over the bar from a free-kick though in the latter stages, the ‘home’ side had to focus on their defensive duties, especially being down to 10 men.

Ilford piled forward, desperate to break the deadlock in an increasingly feisty match, with captain Isaac Nkosi having arguably their best chance, directing a free header straight at ‘Side ‘keeper Sam Roach from a Joe Killingback corner. Jones and substitute Harry Matthews both had chances as the clock wound down, though ‘Side held firm with stout, if last-ditch defending.

Leon Smith was sent off with moments remaining for dissent (his second yellow), so ‘Side finished with nine men, though Ilford will wonder how they didn’t create more clear-cut chances, and Ademilyu was still making a nuisance of himself on the counter-attack for ‘Side.

Full-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford

After the final whistle, both sides had to be separated from their ‘afters’ which saw ‘Side Chairman Jimmy Flanaghan ordering his players back to the changing room.

My thanks to Barkingside Chairman Jimmy F for the team-sheets.




1 Sam Roach  (GK) 1 Chris Clark (GK)
2  Marvin Birch 2  Luke Thomas
3  Paul Wright (C.) 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Leon Smith 4  Connor Lane                (Subbed 73’)
5  Maxwell Amoako       (Subbed 70’) 5  Aziz Kanu
6  Aidan Lucas                 (Subbed 62’) 6  Isaac Nkosi (C.)
7  Michael Ademilyu 7  Paul Clayton
8  Jason Ajoodha 8  Joe Killingback
9  Luke With                  (Subbed 71’) 9  Dan Jones
10  David Laird 10  Sipho Mtyanda           (Subbed 75’)
11  George Lutaaya 11  Ryan Ramsey             (Subbed 59’)
12  Danny Blake              (On 70’) 12  Carl Mullings     (On 59’)
14  Jide Tihani 14  Harry Matthews         (On 73’)
15  Connor Mitchell        (On 62’) 15  Luke McLeavy
16  Fionn Clancy 16  Leon Rolle
17  Danny Hayes               (On 71’) 17  Ryan Barker-Francis     (On 75’)
Booked: With & Ahoodja Booked: Nkosi, Paliulis, Killingback
Sent Off: Wright & Smith  Sent Off: Killingback
Referee: Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter

Cristiana Hattersley


Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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