Essex boys beaten by Beds
PUBLISHED: 14:34 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 09 February 2015
East Anglian Counties Championship: Essex 1 Bedfordshire 2
A goal in each half from Ashwin Chinjehure and Jake Kissieon sent Essex under-16s to defeat at Brightlingsea Regent’s North Road home.
Captain Jake Brocklebank’s penalty had restored parity for the home side in the first half, but it was the visitors who ultimately prevailed in a tightly contested encounter.
The early chances went to the hosts as Alex Clark volleyed just wide and his Hornchurch team-mate Brocklebank saw his free-kick warm the gloves of visiting goalkeeper Mitchell Howe.
A further dead ball effort from Essex’s George Cox deflected just wide soon after but, with 19 minutes played, it was Bedfordshire who took the lead when a fine move culminated in Kissieon’s low cross being neatly side-footed home by Chinjehure.
The leveller arrived on the half-hour point as Woodford youngster Obina Ola saw his run into the penalty area abruptly ended by a shirt pull and Brocklebank coolly converted from the spot.
But it took Bedfordshire just four second-half minutes to edge back ahead, with what proved to be the winner as a left-flank delivery was swept home by Kissieon.
The visitors could have grabbed a third through Chinjehure, whose firm header was well saved by Essex ‘keeper Will Gibbon before good work by Ola for the hosts teed up Sam Warwick, whose near-post shot was deflected just wide.
As the home side continued their search for a second equaliser, a curling effort from Godfrey Kambaza brought a fine stop from Howe while a skilful, twisting run from Ola set up Warwick, who could only find the gloves of the Bedfordshire custodian.
A half chance for the hosts then arrived as substitute Emmanuel Kouassi’s lob dropped just wide, but the visitors ultimately held out for a hard-fought success, leaving the East Anglian Counties Championship wide open.
Essex: Will Gibbon (Thurrock), Ryan Burt-Allen (East Thurrock United), Alasdair Grant-Browning (Great Wakering Rovers), Toby Armolaran (Thurrock), Lufton Hysemi (Clapton), Jake Brocklebank (Hornchurch), Alex Clark (Hornchurch), George Cox (Great Wakering Rovers), Obina Ola (Woodford), Sam Warwick (Burnham Ramblers), Godfrey Kambaza (East Thurrock United). Substitutes (repeated): Mark Omotoboa (East Thurrock United), Kacper Fraszczak (Great Wakering Rovers), Franklin Craik (St Thomas More School), Emmanuel Kouassi (East Thurrock United).
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