Errington Challenge Cup – Final
Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)
2022-23 Season: Match 62
Friday 5th May 2023 – 7.45pm KO
Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks
Barking: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
Tough duel sees Barking emerge with Errington Cup on spot-kicks
Redbridge 1 – 1 Barking (Barking won 5 – 4 on pens)
Match Report by Scott W [ Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Photos by Scott W & @EssexSenior
The first game of the weekend saw another Essex Senior League Cup Final, this time the Errington Cup Final between Peter Butcher Trophy winners Redbridge and in-form Barking at Aveley’s Parkside. Redbridge were going for a unique treble after their exploits earlier in the week, and boss George Christou named Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with Michael Pindy and Tayo Olukolu the fast attacking full-backs, alongside a central defence of Joe Elliott and Nathan Okoye. Skipper Jack Chawner & Jamie Price were in central midfield, with Abs Thompson & Solomon Ogunwomoju supporting forwards George Purcell and Brian Moses. Barking finished their ESL campaign strongly under manager Nick Harding and had Harvey Simson in goal, with a backline of Kyrell Palmer, Kenedi Dariri, Alfie Leach & captain Eljay Worrell. Jess Norey & Jack Folan were the steel in central midfield, with Darnell Baxter-Alleyne & Sa-Sean Lutumba on the flanks and Sam Shaban and Ahmed Abdulla in attack.
I will add right from the outset that this was a real tough duel between two fast forward lines & two strong defences and the first half in particular saw both sides gradually turn up the pace on each other. Chances were not plentiful, but there was intrigue among the more than 350 fans in attendance. On 17 minutes, following a good break down the left, Solomon Ogunwomoju’s firm strike brought a good save out of Barking custodian Harvey Simson. Shortly before that, fast winger Sa-Sean Lutumba let fly with a decent strike from an acute angle just outside the penalty area, and centre-back Kenedi Dariri also headed over. Redbridge captain Jack Chawner also had an effort blocked, as the tension steadily grew. In short, both sides were having their moments with decent forward moves but that decisive goal could not be found.
HT: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking
After the break, Barking winger Darnell Baxter-Alleyne had an effort off-target after a good turn down the left side, as they were having a good phase at this point. Shortly after coming off the bench, forward Lauric Diakiesse made a good run down the left and the ball eventually came to forward Sam Shaban although he was denied a clear chance by the good positioning of the Motormen’s Joe Elliott who cleared. Redbridge responded through chances by tall frontman Brian Moses who blasted the ball over Simson’s goal & George Purcell who headed wide after a cross from deep by Michael Pindy. Substitutes Reuben Campbell & James Barlow were adding more energy & pace down the channels for the Motormen but the spine of Barking’s defence & midfield were nullifying their chances to good effect, particularly Jess Norey and Kenedi Dariri.
The nerves from both sets of supporters were rising and it looked increasingly likely that the extra 30 minutes would be required, although right on the stroke of 90 minutes, as Barking substitute Tim Ogunrinde struck a superb strike which powered off the woodwork.
After 90 mins: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking
So extra time began in earnest in good time, and Barking were edging the first period when forward Ahmed Abdulla’s decent strike from a narrow angle was well-denied by Redbridge goalkeeper Connor Wheatley at the near post. Nick Harding’s side did take the lead ten minutes into extra time, as Abdulla turned provider, as his cross was headed in well by Dariri, who had showcased his aerial skills in defence for most of the game. The side in Blue here continued to push down the flanks, with the trickery of replacement Loui Hazelwood making it tough for the hard-working Barking midfield.
There was another goal & more drama to come 19 minutes into the allotted thirty as a curling, dipping set-piece by Hazelwood got past Simson and the goal-line before it came off the woodwork, and just like that, Redbridge were level again. Both sides gave it all they had but the dreaded penalty shoot-out would soon be upon us. In some ways, it was fitting as you had to commend the work rate & energy levels of both teams.
After a tense lottery of spot-kicks, it came to the two number 16’s. Firstly, Motormen midfielder Jamie Price (who had a very good game it must be said) blazed his penalty over & then Barking substitute Daniel Brock stepped up & duly blasted his penalty into the net, to cue joyous scenes among the Barking contingent, many congratulations to them on winning the Errington Challenge Cup.
Full-Time (AET): Redbridge 1 – 1 Barking (Barking won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks)
In summary, this was a battle of two sides who both had strong defences which did affect the quality at times, but the passion that both teams showed at the end of a gruelling season was commendable. Barking edged to a slender lead in extra time, but didn’t panic after conceding and it was hard to not be pleased for them after winning a tense penalty shoot-out. It’s hard on George Christou’s team but their stellar week could not end with further history being made, we wish them well in Step 4 next term.
We start the honourable mentions with victors Barking. In a match which was so tight for long periods, central midfielder Jack Folan had a fine game, putting in a high-energy performance in defence and attack. Folan broke up the play well and made some astute passes. Full-back Kyrell Palmer had a fine game also, dealing well with the threat of Ogunwomoju & Olukolu down his flank & made good interceptions. Centre-back Kenedi Dariri ended a fine season with a strong defensive showing, and his aerial ability also saw him net a crucial goal. Lastly, a word for winger Sa-Sean Lutumba who was a real threat down the left side in what was a cagey first half, utilising his pace and movement to good effect.
For Redbridge, central midfielder Jamie Price had a very good game overall, winning headers and breaking up the opposition attacks well as well putting in a very hard shift & making neat passes. Centre-back Joe Elliott continues to impress this term & he made some vital clearances as well as standing up to the inventive Barking forwards well. Finally, a mention is deserved for forwards Solomon Ogunwomoju & Tayo Olukolu who used their pace well and showed every bit of passion & drive that this match will be remembered for. Ogunwomoju made several key passes & Olukolu showed admirable work rate as well.
Redbridge | Manager: George Christou | Assistant: Jack Toghli | Physio: Graham Pitkin
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 17 Michael Pindy, 3 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 11 Tayo Joshua Olukolu (12 Mustafa Kahie ET 16′) , 8 Jack Chawner (Capt), 16 Jamie Price, 7 Abs Thompson (4 Loui Hazelwood 90′), 10 Solomon Ogunwomoju (5 Reuben Campbell 61′), 9 George Purcell (18 Ibrahim Kehinde ET 2′), 19 Brian Moses (15 James Barlow 75′)
Goal-scorer: Loui Hazelwood [ET 19′]
Booked: Olukolu | Sub Not Used: None
Barking | Manager: Nick Harding | Physio: Ally Maloney
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Kyrell Palmer (12 Harry Baker 79′), 5 Kenedi Dariri, 6 Alfie Leach, 3 Eljay Worrell (Capt), 4 Jess Norey, 8 Jack Folan (16 Daniel Brock 84′), 7 Darnell Baxter-Alleyne (14 Lauric Diakiesse 54′), 11 Sa-Sean Lutumba (17 Tim Ogunrinde 54′), 9 Sam Shaban, 10 Ahmed Abdulla (15 Alessandro Wisdom ET 17′)
Goal-scorer: Kenedi Dariri [ET 10′]
Booked: Palmer, Abdulla, Leach | Sent Off: Norey [ET 27′, two bookings] | Subs Not Used: None
Referee: Tom Wyatt
Assistants: Connor Cornell & Katie Dorling
Fourth Official: Charlie Roberts