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Canvey Island
Redbridge
J Cox (18' Pen, 57'), G Allen (45'), A Trialist (85')
Full time
C Poku (37'), M Ogboin (47'), D Adelekan (75')
Tue 24 Jul 19:45 - Friendly

Canvey Island 4-3 Redbridge

Gulls & Motormen In Goalfest

Canvey Island and Redbridge played out an entertaining pre-season friendly at The Frost Hire Stadium on Tuesday night, with the Gulls winning by the odd goal in seven.

Manager Danny Heale gave a start to former-Essex U18 defender Jake Jolliffe, while Frankie Merrifield also started for the first time in pre-season having returned from holiday. There was also a place on the bench for defender Alex Stephenson who previously had a short stint with the Gulls in March 2017 on loan from Billericay Town.

In the Redbridge side was former-Canvey midfielder Joey May who is currently player/manager at the Oakside-based club.

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The match started in a very open manner, with Canvey creating a chance inside the opening minute when Jordan Cox latched onto a through ball inside the area coming in from the right. However, defender Daniel Smith did well to get shoulder to shoulder with the forward and did enough to force Cox to skew his shot wide.

A minute later an excellent cross from deep on the right wing by Redbridge’s Ashley Bankole found experienced striker Calvin Poke inside the area, but his header at the front post went across goal and off target.

On 14 minutes some good football from Canvey saw Jake Pitty play a pass down the right wing for Ryan Melaugh to run onto. Melaugh collected possession down by the corner flag, cutting back infield and finding the feet of Jordan Cox on the edge of the box. Cox’s first touch created himself some space to shoot, but his right-footed effort flashed wide.

They came closer two minutes later when Ashley Bankole gave the ball away to Mitchell Gilbey deep on the right wing. Gilbey drove infield, playing a cross-field ball which Jordan Cox was unable to control. However, this fortuitously found the run of Franke Merrifield instead, but his shot was saved by Lewis Greene low down.

Canvey took the lead on 18 minutes when Merrifield was tripped inside the area by Daniel Smith. Jordan Cox stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to open his account for the Gulls.

Joey May nearly equalised for the visitors on 33 minutes when he spotted Harry Palmer off his line and attempted to lob the keeper from inside his own half. The shot was heading in, but Palmer was able to backpedal and prevent the ball from dipping underneath the crossbar.

On 36 minutes Ryan Melaugh hit a well-struck low shot from 25 yards which was straight at Lewis Greene. The keeper half saved the forceful effort but the ball looped up and continued on it’s way to goal before Greene kept it out at the second attempt.

Redbridge were level less than a minute later when Canvey were caught short at the back. Adam Hunt stood up a cross to the back post from the right and strike partner Calvin Poku was on hand to head home unopposed.

Canvey regained the lead with the last kick of the half after Sam Collins had played a superb ball from deep inside his own half to release Mitchell Gilbey. His subsequent shot was deflected behind, with Gilbey whipping the corner in himself to the back post where George Allen was on hand to volley in via the underside of the crossbar from a yard out.

The Motormen equalised two minutes into the second half when Steve Sheehan was dispossessed 25 yards from his own goal. The ball was played to substitute Michael Ogboin who sidestepped Jake Jolliffe before hitting a fierce strike across goal and high into the inside side netting.

Ogboin nearly scored again moments later when DJ Adelekan slid the forward through on goal. However, Harry Palmer spotted the danger and did very well to race off his line and steal the ball at the feet of his opponent just inside the box.

Canvey were soon back on the attack, with a clearance into Martin Tuohy going wide of an empty net before Mitchell Gilbey volleyed wide with his left foot after a ball in from the right.

When the goal did come, it was a good one. Sam Collins played an excellent ball from the left into the feet of Mitchell Gilbey, and his touch on the edge of the area was equally impressive to tee up Jordan Cox. The striker pulled the trigger from 20 yards which Lewis Greene got a hand to but couldn’t prevent from finding the top corner.

Cox came close to a hattrick two minutes later but his shot from a similar distance was this time tipped over by the keeper for a corner.

Redbridge levelled for the third time with 15 minutes to play when DJ Adelekan and Joey May both stood over a free kick 20 yards out on the left. In what seemed to be a rehearsed set piece, both players ran towards the ball before Adelekan strike a beautiful curling effort into the top corner via the inside of the post.

Canvey won the match with five minutes to play when A Trialist finished well from the edge of the box with a composed strike. The same player could have scored again soon afterwards with a volley from a tight angle which the keeper saved.

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Sam Collins

Player of the Match

Sam Collins

Key moments

18:00
Scored Penalty Jordan Cox scores a penalty for Canvey Island
37:00
Goal Calvin Poku scores for Redbridge
45:00
Goal George Allen scores for Canvey Island
47:00
Goal Michael Ogboin scores for Redbridge
57:00
Goal Jordan Cox scores for Canvey Island
75:00
Goal DJ Adelekan scores for Redbridge
85:00
Goal A Trialist scores for Canvey Island

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Highlights

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85:00 Goal 4 - 3
A Trialist scores for Canvey Island
80:00 Sub On
Elliott Warren is substituted on for Canvey Island
80:00 Sub Off
Jordan Cox is substituted off for Canvey Island
75:00 Goal 3 - 3
DJ Adelekan scores for Redbridge
70:00 Sub On
Jerrome Sobers is substituted on for Canvey Island
70:00 Sub Off
Jake Jolliffe is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub On
A Trialist is substituted on for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub On
James White is substituted on for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Harry Palmer is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Steve Sheehan is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub On
Conor Gough is substituted on for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub On
Alex Stephenson is substituted on for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Gilbey is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub On
A Trialist is substituted on for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Jake Pitty is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Ryan Melaugh is substituted off for Canvey Island
58:00 Sub Off
Marcus Carter is substituted off for Redbridge
58:00 Sub On
Tommie Turner is substituted on for Redbridge
57:00 Goal 3 - 2
Jordan Cox scores for Canvey Island
47:00 Goal 2 - 2
Michael Ogboin scores for Redbridge
45:00 Sub Off
Liam Burgess is substituted off for Redbridge
45:00 Sub On
Martin Tuohy is substituted on for Canvey Island
45:00 Sub Off
George Allen is substituted off for Canvey Island
45:00 Sub Off
Calvin Poku is substituted off for Redbridge
45:00 Goal 2 - 1
George Allen scores for Canvey Island
45:00 Sub On
Sam Baffour is substituted on for Redbridge
45:00 Sub On
Michael Ogboin is substituted on for Redbridge
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 1 - 1
Calvin Poku scores for Redbridge
18:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Jordan Cox scores a penalty for Canvey Island Watch the video
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End of period
Player of the Match
Sam Collins is awarded player of the match for Canvey Island
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Redbridge
  • 0
  • Jordan Cox Scored Penalty 18:00'
  • Calvin Poku Goal 37:00'
  • George Allen Goal 45:00'
  • George Allen Sub Off 45:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Sub On 45:00'
  • Sam Baffour Sub On 45:00'
  • Michael Ogboin Sub On 45:00'
  • Calvin Poku Sub Off 45:00'
  • Liam Burgess Sub Off 45:00'
  • Michael Ogboin Goal 47:00'
  • Jordan Cox Goal 57:00'
  • Tommie Turner Sub On 58:00'
  • Marcus Carter Sub Off 58:00'
  • Conor Gough Sub On 64:00'
  • Alex Stephenson Sub On 64:00'
  • James White Sub On 64:00'
  • A Trialist Sub On 64:00'
  • A Trialist Sub On 64:00'
  • Jake Pitty Sub Off 64:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub Off 64:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Sub Off 64:00'
  • Steve Sheehan Sub Off 64:00'
  • Harry Palmer Sub Off 64:00'
  • Jake Jolliffe Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jerrome Sobers Sub On 70:00'
  • DJ Adelekan Goal 75:00'
  • Jordan Cox Sub Off 80:00'
  • Elliott Warren Sub On 80:00'
  • A Trialist Goal 85:00'

Team selection

Canvey Island
Redbridge
  • 1. Lewis Greene
  • 2. Ashley Bankole
  • 3. Marcus Carter
  • 4. Joey May
  • 5. Tyron Smith
  • 6. Daniel Smith
  • 7. Liam Burgess
  • 8. Laurie Walters
  • 9. Calvin Poku
  • 10. Adam Hunt
  • 11. DJ Adelekan
  • 12. Tommie Turner
  • 13. Michael Ogboin
  • 14. Sam Baffour
  • 15. Brad Gayer
  • 16. Terrell Miller
  • 17. Jack Brooks

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