Essex Senior League
Venue: Southchurch Park
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’
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’)|
|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|
|Assistant Referees:||Sven Wood