Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Southchurch Park
2022-23 Season: Match 57
Tuesday 18th April 2023 – 7.45pm KO
Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Yellow Socks
Enfield: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks
Ruthless Enfield humble Manor to secure Essex Senior title
Southend Manor 0 – 8 Enfield
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
This match in the Essex Senior League saw relegated Southend Manor take on Enfield and after other results twenty-four hours earlier, the equation for Jamie Cureton’s side was simple – another three points would seal the ESL title. Manor are looking to build some momentum ahead of next season, and named Bradley Davison is goal, with a backline of Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro, Ryan Willsmer and centre-backs Kevin Toualeu & Leon Lewis. Skipper Eliandro Soque was alongside Soumen Nandi in central midfield, with Callum Morris supporting the forward line of Deimar Queni, Tobi Olusanya and Celso Da Silva. Enfield named a strong squad, with Jarvis Monk their goalkeeper and captain, a defence of Alfie Mason, Junior Mubiayi and Jack Johnson. The attack-minded midfield contained Alex Warman, Usman Adeniji, Samrai Gebrai and Louis Johnson, with the forward line being led by Luke Hirst, Tom Richardson and Solomon Ofori.
The early stages of this contest saw the hosts begin with a decent foray forward, with forward Deimar Queni putting in a good cross from the right side, which needed an acrobatic clearance from an E’s defence. Enfield responded immediately with the opening goal, as a defensive error forced home stopper Bradley Davison out of position and he couldn’t gather the ball, allowing E’s forward Luke Hirst the chance to round him & slot home into an empty net. The visitors so nearly doubled their lead on nine minutes as forward Solomon Ofori found fellow attacker Tom Richardson but his effort was blocked by the Manor defence. The open nature of the game continue as full-back Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro had a header at the near post blocked. Unfortunately for the home side, that open-ended nature of this game continued.
Moments after Richardson headed wide from another good set-piece, Enfield pretty much made the points safe. On twenty-five minutes, from midfielder Alex Warman threatening free-kick, Samrai Gebrai directed his header well at the near post to find the far corner. Then four minutes later, Hirst was involved again as his run ended with his pass finding Richardson who calmly finished past Davison into the left corner. At this point, the E’s were flying down the flanks almost at will, as Louie Johnson did well to keep the ball in play before his cross was well-gathered by Davison. Another telling moment came on fourty-one minutes, as having earlier been in the sin-bin, centre-back Leon Lewis was also sent off for a tough tackle on Gebrai. The champions-elect were more than happy with their work at the interval, the question was would they drop off in tempo after the interval, we soon got the answer to that.
HT: Manor 0 – 4 Enfield
After the break, there was plenty of action. If there was any lingering doubt over the result, it was extinguished four minutes into the half as Luke Hirst made another good run before finding a crisp low finish which past Davison into the net. Manor still had the occasional foray forward, with Queni doing his best to test the visiting defence in the channels, although substitutes Jack Grosvenor & Jack Cousins contributed to keeping the E’s shut-out intact. On the hour, a good run & cross by Alfie Mason from the left found Warman & his strike forced a decent save out of Davison. Enfield certainly were not finished with scoring goals, as another replacement got on the scorer-sheet on 66 minutes, as Gavin Cockman’s header at the far post found the net, with Mason again involved in the build-up.
It was six on seventy minutes as Luke Hirst sealed his hat-trick after another dazzling run got past the defence and fired home well to secure his treble and took his tally this term to 25 league goals.
The pain for the overwhelmed hosts regarding the scoresheet ended on seventy-six minutes with Cockman being fouled in the eighteen yard area, which allowed Louis Johnson the chance to fire home his spot-kick past the unfortunate Davison to make it an incredible eight goals for the rampant champions. Hirst could have had another in the latter stages as after one of several searing runs by substitute Kieran Bishop, his pass found Hirst whose effort was half-blocked & came off the post, before having another effort which Davison gathered on the goal-line.
The final whistle came and Enfield celebrated with their travelling support as the achievement of promotion was sinking in. Congrats to manager Jamie Cureton, his staff, the players and all at the club.
Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 8 Enfield
In summary, the visitors really endorsed their fine season with the manner of this victory, which was ruthless as they added to their advantage steadily during the match. The points here meant they are Essex Senior League champions for season 2022-23. Manor started the game fairly well in their passing & their mindset but simply had no answer to Enfield’s pace, incisive passing & finishing as well.
The stand-out mentions starts with victors Enfield. We have to start with forward Luke Hirst who took his goals well, made good passes and used his pace well to further unsettle the home backline. Samrai Gebrai also had a good game, breaking from the left flank to good effect, getting round defenders well and contributing good passes & a good goal. Central midfielder Alex Warman is an important presence in this team & his set-pieces were decent and tackled well. Lastly, substitute Kieran Bishop added a lot of pace & direct running on the right side, making several important runs & passes.
For Manor, forward Deimar Queni showed good purpise, making several good breaks and neat passes. Soumen Nandi also put in a decent performance, as circumstances in second half meant he pushed forward & kept the work rate going too. Goalkeeper Bradley Davison made a few decent saves as well to prevent the scoreline being higher, while full-back Ryan Willsmer also had a decent game, making a few decent interceptions.
Southend Manor | Interim Manager: Jerry Omango | Assistant: Jon Casey
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bradley Davison (GK), 2 Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro (18 Oliver Andrayas 81′), 3 Ryan Willsmer (23 James Casey 70′), 5 Leon Lewis, 6 Kevin Toualeu, 4 Eliandro Soque (Capt), 8 Soumen Nandi, 10 Callum Morris, 7 Deimar Queni, 9 Tobi Olusanya (15 Thabo Mgwenya 42′), 11 Celso Da Silva (16 Kian Skilbeck 53′)
Sent Off: Lewis (41′, two bookings) | Subs Not Used: None
Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton | Assistants: Jim Duggan, Gary Hart & Terry Fogarty
Starting XI (Subs): 26 Jarvis Monk (GK & Capt), 3 Alfie Mason (2 Joshua Luther 70′), 5 Junior Mubiayi (6 Jack Grosvenor 46′), 15 Jack Johnson (12 Jack Cousins 46′), 16 Usman Adeniji, 4 Alex Warman, 10 Louis Johnson, 11 Samrai Gebrai, 14 Tom Richardson (18 Gavin Cockman 60′), 9 Luke Hirst, 30 Solomon Ofori (7 Kieran Bishop 53′)
Goal-Scorers: Luke Hirst [9′, 49′ & 70′], Tom Richardson [18′], Samrai Gebrai [25′], Solomon Ofori [29′], Gavin Cockman [66′], Louis Johnson [pen 76′]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None
Referee: Brian Taylor
Assistants: Gary Telling & Mitchell Rolfe