S20-21 Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 2 Ilford (Tues 6th Oct) [ESL 20-21 7.10.20]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2020-21 Season: Match 13

Tuesday 6th October 2020 – 7.45pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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

  

Manor battle back late on to seal dramatic win over Ilford

Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford

Match Report & Photos by Scott W ([Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The first midweek in October saw me return to Southchurch Park to see an enticing Essex Senior contest between Southend Manor and Ilford. Both sides had suffered heavy defeats last time out. Manor fielded Klinton Makayabo between the sticks, with Liam Jarrett skippering the side in place of Reece Latimer, with Joe Elliott and Alex Jenkins in central defence. On the flanks were Jordan Thomas and Ben Allen, with Harry Rogers and Josh Devlin leading the line. With a number of players unavailable including the Frankis brothers, Jordan Russell, Ronnie Edwards and Deividas Sertveitis, the depleted bench included midfielder Matthew Keiller and forward Luke Jackson.

Ex-Manor boss Adam Peek’s Ilford side were also missing a few players here, including right-back Tyson Tala Nya, midfielder Dimitri Christou and former Manor pair Larry Akanbi and Jordan Fisher. They named teenager Josh Blackburn in goal, with Ope Mosuro and Omar Djotzi at the centre of their defence and an impressive front three of Yemi Adelani, Mo Kargbo and Dion Lewis-Kirwan. Among their options from the bench were centre-back Steve Sylvester and forwards Jerold Cobblah and Fred Agyemang.

Both sides just before the first whistle (Image: Scott W)

The match itself began promptly with the hosts looking to grab the momentum early. Manor forward Harry Rogers challenged visiting goalkeeper Josh Blackburn for the ball with the ‘keeper punching the ball away, only for winger Ben Allen to have his follow-up header cleared. On six minutes, home winger Jordan Thomas fired narrowly wide of the right-side post. Ilford were also gathering their stride in attack, with rapid forward Dion Lewis-Kirwan narrowly being caught off-side which only served as a pre-cursor to them taking the lead which they did on eleven minutes.

A swift break forward by the Foxes saw number 10 Mo Kargbo coolly thread the ball in to Lewis-Kirwan on the left side on the 18-yard box before advancing on goal and slotting home past Manor custodian Klinton Makayabo confidently into the far corner for a fine opening goal. Makayabo had to be alert five minutes afterwards as from a set-piece, an attempted clearing header by skipper Liam Jarrett forced Makayabo to parry the ball away from danger from his own defender to prevent an unfortunate own goal. For the next phase of the match, it was a bit of ‘the calm before the storm’ with a good free-kick by Alex Jenkins being clawed away well by Blackburn on the half-hour.

Manor did level things up on 34 minutes as a great curling strike by Jarrett was out of reach of the despairing Blackburn before finding the back of the net. The Ilford ‘keeper had to deny a fierce drive by centre-back Joe Elliott moments later but the hosts had a let-off just before the break as Kargbo again sent a great through pass in to the path of forward Yemi Adelani but he couldn’t get it under control which allowed Makayabo to gather.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Ilford

So, the chances were there for both sides but it was even-stevens at the interval. It hardly stayed that way for long though as a minute after the resumption, Adelani’s rapid run down the middle caught out the Manor backline and made them pay and his calm low finish bypassed Makayabo into the net to give the visitors the lead for the second time. With the hour mark approaching, home winger Ben Allen was working hard to pressure the visiting backline, forcing a couple of set-pieces. From one of those corners, Allen himself fired off-target.

Kargbo ran through on goal soon afterwards as Ilford countered, but Makayabo was grateful to gather. On 63 minutes, Allen again was in the action as another well-hit strike was heading into the top-corner forced a very good save by the over-worked Ilf goalie Blackburn. Ilford were having to deal with considerable pressure at this point, as Elliott also headed just wide from a free-kick midway into the half.

Manor were awarded a spot-kick on 73 minutes but just moments after entering the field of play, replacement Matt Keiller sent his strike wide of the left-corner. The Manor faithful could be forgiven for thinking ‘Oh, it’s going to be another one of those nights’ but with nine minutes left, Keiller more than made up for his missed penalty as he let fly from 35 yards and a absolute thunder-bolt flew past the unfortunate Blackburn into the net to level the match once again. Cracking goal it was. It got better for Craig Waters & Garry Pond’s side two minutes later as the impressive Allen was felled in the area. The Manor winger stepped up himself to take his side’s second spot-kick of the night and Allen struck home into the right corner, much to the delight of the home side.

Ilford were shattered by the sudden turnaround and kept going, much to their credit but were unable to force a third goal here and therefore suffered an agonising defeat. They more than played their part in a dramatic match that was great for the neutral.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford

In summary, Manor took advantage of a bad spell late on for the visitors to win the match, although the sheer work rate of the hosts was also admirable. Ilford showed enough to suggest why they have been scoring goals so far this term but they will know they have to see out matches better than they did here.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Manor, winger Ben Allen was a driving force in his side’s attacks and kept going all match with his pace and crossing. Centre-back Joe Elliott also had a very good impact, being stern as part of the home defence that dealt with a powerful opposition forward line. Skipper for the evening Liam Jarrett also played his part, being his side’s best attacking outlet at times, scoring one good goal and could have had another while replacement Matthew Keiller has to be noted too for his stunning second equalising goal.

For the Foxes, Mo Kargbo impressed on his return to his old club, showing good vision and great passing. Forward pair Yemi Adelani and Dion Lewis-Kirwan gave the Manor backline a tricky evening as well with their pace and movement while goalkeeper Josh Blackburn also pulled off a few good saves to deny the hosts, particularly in the second half. I’ll close here by noting that this was a really good contest and it is arguable that neither side deserved to lose. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Klinton Makayabo (GK), 2 Barry Findleton, 3 Billy Harrison, 4 Liam Jarrett (Capt), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Alex Jenkins, 7 Jordan Thomas (14 Ethan Evison 75’), 8 Jack Frost (12 Matthew Keiller 71’), 9 Harry Rogers (15 Luke Jackson 61’), 10 Josh Devlin, 11 Ben Allen

Goal-scorers: Liam Jarrett [34’], Matt Keiller [81’], Ben Allen [pen 83’]

Booked: B Harrison  | Subs Not Used: J Harrison (GK)

Ilford | Manager: Adam Peek   | Assistant: Darren Gosnell

1 Joshua Blackburn (GK), 2 Sean Ekila, 3 Bailey Pryce, 4 Ope Mosuro (17 Charlie Hannam 68’), 5 Omar Djotzi, 6 Hassan Bangura, 7 Juan Cordona (15 Jerold Cobblah 80’), 8 Jamal Djotzi, 9 Yemi Adelani, 10 Mo Kargbo, 11 Dion Lewis-Kirwan (16 Fred Agyemang 76’)

Goal-scorers: Dion Lewis-Kirwan [11’], Yemi Adelani [46’]

Booked: Adelani, Mosuro | Subs Not Used: Sylvester, Hossack

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Assistants: Connor Cornell and Glenn Michaels

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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