Brent boys silence the Barking
PUBLISHED: 16:59 16 November 2011
Kingsley Eshun netted a spectacular late winner as Brent under-13s knocked out fancied Barking & Dagenham 4-3 to reach the last 32 of the English National Cup.
The Capital City Academy youngster, who had already scored once, picked the ball up 40 yards out and outstripped the entire home defence before coolly finishing to send Brent through deep into extra time.
Facing a physical and competitive side and a hostile environment, Brent began slowly, falling behind after 10 minutes, and it took them until nearly half-time to respond.
The equaliser arrived in explosive style, with Ricky German smacking in a 25-yarder off the underside of the crossbar – and Brent took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Eshun set up German for his second.
Barking levelled again five minutes later, but Eshun – whose strength and pace posed constant problems as the match progressed – came close to restoring Brent’s advantage with a shot that struck the bar.
Eshun made amends four minutes later as he ran through and finished to put the visitors 3-2 up, but Barking displayed resilience with an equaliser three minutes from the end to take the tie into extra time.
After a chanceless first period, Brent regained control and German was denied four times in one-on-ones with the goalkeeper while, at the other end, Jonathan Trevino produced a superb reflex save to maintain parity.
It looked as if the contest would go to penalties but, with just a minute left, Eshun broke clear to score his second of the game.
Exhilarated Brent coach Chris Ampofo said: “I love the fighting spirit and resilience in this team – they work really hard for each other and never give up.
“All 16 players contributed and I’m very proud of all them.”
Brent will be at home to Oxford City in the next round.
Brent: Trevino (St Gregory’s), Bonds (Wembley High), Rashid (Preston Manor), Patel (Claremont), Paiva (QPCS), Joshua (Claremont), Green (JFS), Keane (St Gregory’s), Ibrahim (Kingsbury), German (St Gregory’s), Eshun (Capital City), Alves (QPCS), Amoah (St Gregory’s), Enubuje (St Gregory’s), Manitou (St Gregory’s), Thomas (Capital City).
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