Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 10

Date: Saturday 11th March 2017 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Sporting Bengal Utd  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

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

On a pleasant afternoon at Southchurch Park, high-flying Southend Manor took on the improving Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match fizzed into life in the early-going, as Manor had a Dwade James goal ruled out for off-side. Moments later, Bengal forward Oscar Mendes was one-on-one with home ‘keeper Lewis Down but missed the target – as it happened it would’ve been ruled out for off-side regardless.

It was the visitors though who took the lead after just 11 minutes, with winger Shiblu Miah slotting past Down. The game fizzled out again for a little bit afterward, though Sporting Bengal were shading it, with more incisive passing than the home side.

Bengal doubled their advantage just past the half-hour mark as Mendes beat ‘keeper Down to the ball and struck a low, composed finish into the right corner. The visitors had further chances to put the game beyond doubt very soon afterward. Full-back Raul De Silva heading just wide from a corner, before Miah blasted an effort over the bar following a poor clearance.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor 0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd

Manor boss Stuart Marshall rung the changes at half-time, making two changes at the start of the half. Manor forward James blasted an effort over the bar in the opening minutes.

Bengal forward Ashaan Siddak blasted an well-struck effort nine minutes into the  second half, luckily it was straight at ‘keeper Down. Manor gradually got a bit of rhythm going, though a pair of free-kicks from captain Vinny Murphy saw the first saved by visiting ‘keeper Denzel Kobia and the second blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner, Murphy himself headed over the bar.

Manor did pull one back though with 20 minutes left, returning forward Rhys Fatt headed in from close range after a goal-line clearance from the Bengal defence.

Bengal were still pushing for a third, as Siddak had another effort saved by Down. As the game headed into the last ten minutes, Bengal full-back De Silva still powered down the left wing to assist his forwards.

The game ended on a bit of a sour note as in injury-time Manor captain Murphy was given a straight red card for what can politely be described as a bad headed challenge on Mendes. Murphy knew what was coming before the red card came out of referee Kirk Edwards’ pocket.

Right at the end, Bengal winger Codey Cameron’s free-kick crashed into the angle of post & bar as Bengal held out. Bengal’s performance merited the win, the ‘front four’ of Miah, Cameron, Siddak & Mendes played well. By contrast, I know Manor boss Marshall was not happy at his side’s performance.

Manor stay 4th in the ESL table, though are only 3 points ahead of Takeley in 5th. Bengal stay 19th though pull further clear of fellow Mile End side Tower Hamlets, now 6 points ahead of Hamlets in 20th spot.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd

Fatt 70’                            Miah 18’   Mendes 31’

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Sporting Bengal Utd

 Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Lewis Down  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia (GK)
2  Shay Kelly 2  David Tarawali
3  Ted Buchanan  (Subbed 46’) 3  Raul De Silva
4  Jake Brocklebank 4  Jack Lamb
5  Daniel Okah 5  Freddy Tandon (C)
6  Vinny Murphy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Codey Cameron
8  Joe Pattison     (Subbed 46’) 8  Shafi Noor
9  Dwade James     (Subbed 62’) 9  Oscar Mendes   (Subbed 90 +2)
10  Christy O’Donoghue 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  George Crispin 11  Shiblu Miah    (Subbed 77’)
Substitutes:
12  Robbie Ferrell    (On 62’) 14  David Vaughan   (On 77’)
14  Michael Bottone    (On 46’) 16  Troy Alexander   (On 90 +2)
15  Billy Cottrill     (On 46’) 17  Imrul Gazi
16  Kevin Zola 18  Samad Miah
17  Robbie Norris 19  Steven Carvell
Sent Off: Murphy
Referee: Kirk Edwards
Assistant Referees: Sven Wood

Trevor Williams

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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