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’


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’)
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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