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London APSA get better of Barking

Jordan Sidhu netted his first goal for Barking against London APSA, but also missed a penalty (pic: Terry Gilbert) Jordan Sidhu netted his first goal for Barking against London APSA, but also missed a penalty (pic: Terry Gilbert)

George Sessions at Mayesbrook Park
Sunday, February 23, 2014
1:24 PM

Essex Senior League: Barking 2 London APSA 4

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London APSA overcame Barking in a six-goal Essex Senior League thriller at Mayesbrook Park on a rare beautiful sunny day for football in east London.

The visitors captain Fahad Nyanja was the hero helping himself to a hat-trick and terrorising Barking all afternoon.

Although APSA started positively it was the depleted Blues who went ahead when Luke Foster fired in his third goal for the club.

Former Barking keeper Mark Richardson could only parry makeshift forward Alex Bush’s effort and Foster smashed the rebound into the roof of the net to give the young home side an eighth minute lead.

Three minutes later and APSA nearly levelled proceedings when Nyanja crashed a 30-yard effort against the crossbar.

Moments after Nyanja did equalise as he stole in following D’Sean Theobalds’ scuffed shot and poked past Barking keeper Timmy Ayoola.

The 18-year-old Ayoola was picking the ball out of his net again soon after as Nyanja headed in at the back post for his and APSA’s second with just 17 minutes played.

Barking slowly fought back and Dagenham & Redbridge loanee Jordan Sidhu played an exquisite pass to release Bush, but his shot was well saved.

The hosts suffered another blow at the start of the second half when Montana Stewart, also on loan from Daggers, was caught high on the ankle.

Stewart was replaced by 16-year-old forward Ryan Creed, making his debut and in the process becoming one of the youngest players to ever represent Barking’s first team.

Creed was involved immediately and flicked on for Foster to have an effort saved which would prove vital as the visitors added their third shortly afterwards.

Vendel Nunes was a constant threat and capped a wonderful move by firing into the bottom corner after he was allowed too much time on the edge of Barking’s area.

APSA weren’t finished and added a fourth when Nyanja ghosted in to head past Ayoola for his hat-trick.

Barking hit back as Sidhu rifled in his first for the club to give them hope and in the 83rd minute the comeback trail was boosted when they were awarded a penalty.

APSA’s Richardson picked up a bouncing through ball but followed through high on Bush and the referee deemed it deliberate.

The keeper made amends however by saving Sidhu’s weak penalty low to his left.

Barking couldn’t muster another clear cut chance and were consigned to a loss but after 69 days without a completed competitive game of football they were equally relieved to just be playing again.

Whilst for APSA it was a thoroughly deserved win - their first since December 12 - and one which sets them up nicely for the congested final few months of the season.

They are due to visit basement boys London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog on Monday night.

Barking: Ayoola, Baker, McLeavy, Stewart (Creed), Rix, O’Shea, Ola (Englishby), Barlow, Bush, Foster (Mogege), Sidhu.

London APSA: Richardson, Agyekum, Bapu, Kessie (Ogunwole), Akande, Adeyemi, Sambu, Theobalds (Kahie), Djalo (Thomas), Nyanja, Nunes.

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