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M Gilbey (18')
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Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 253

Canvey Island 1-0 Barking


Gilbey Rocket Seals Points

Canvey Island began the 2018/19 season with three points, winning 1-0 against Barking at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

Assistant manager Brad Wellmen handed competitive debuts to Harry Palmer in goal, Jake Jolliffe at left back, Jose Figura in midfield and Jordan Cox up front. The Barking side meanwhile included former-Canvey midfielder Jack Edwards.

Canvey got off to a terrible start as captain Steve Sheehan slid in and fouled the Barking skipper Abs Seymour inside the area after only 27 seconds. Striker Darrell Russell stepped up but struck a poor penalty straight down the middle which Harry Palmer dropped to the ground to save.

Canvey Island Vs Barking 11/08/2018
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Having survived an early scare, the Gulls then took the lead in spectacular circumstances on 18 minutes when Martin Tuohy was fouled 35 yards from goal. The ball was laid off to Mitchell Gilbey who struck an unstoppable shot that nearly broke the net and left goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide rooted to the spot.

Gilbey nearly scored another stunner nine minutes later when he hit a dipping shot from the edge of the area. This time however the keeper did get a touch, flinging himself skywards and managing to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.

On 29 minutes when Jordan Cox sent over a cross from the right and found the head of Martin Tuohy, but his effort looped up and went over from eight yards.

The Gulls came even closer two minutes later when Mitchell Gilbey played the ball from the left wing back to the edge of the area for Frankie Merrifield to strike. He caught his low shot well but it clipped a defender on the way through and went behind for a corner.

Barking had the lion share of possession in the final 15 minutes of the first half and were putting the Canvey goal under plenty of pressure. The closest they came to scoring was on 37 minutes when winger Brendan Ocran cut in from the left past Jake Pitty and drilled a shot towards the bottom corner. However, Harry Palmer was alert to the danger, diving low to his right and turning the shot wide.

Leading 1-0 at the break, Canvey came close to scoring a second five minutes into the second half when Martin Tuohy ran onto a ball over the top. The forward couldn’t get the touch he needed to take it in his stride, and instead had to hold the ball up under pressure from experienced defender Joe Bruce. Tuohy managed to get a shot away from a tight angle but goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide was well positioned to save.

The visitors kept applying pressure in the second half in search of an equaliser, with Harry Palmer being forced to save low down from Daniel Cheema’s 18-yard effort on the hour mark. He then produced an even better stop on 76 minutes, diving high to his right and getting two hands to Abs Seymour’s 30-yard free kick to turn it around the post.

On 85 minutes Barking substitute Joe Benjamin got to the touchline on the left and smashed a ball across the face of goal towards the head of Darrell Russell. The forward was brilliantly placed inside the six-yard box, but the pace of the cross meant that his effort went over the crossbar.

With the Blues pushing bodies forward, gaps were beginning to appear at the back for the Canvey attackers to exploit.

On 88 minutes a ball down the right wing released Mitchell Gilbey who got his head down and headed towards goal. Having skipped around Joe Bruce he pulled the trigger which the keeper did well to turn wide diving low to his left.

Substitute George Sykes had some good chances late on, but on each occasion he was unable to work the keeper with off-target efforts.

Photo: KJA Sports Images

Listen: Brad Wellmen Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts

Mitchell Gilbey

Player of the Match

Mitchell Gilbey

Key moments

Goal Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island

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Canvey Island Vs Barking 11/08/2018
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90:00 Player of the Match
Mitchell Gilbey is awarded player of the match for Canvey Island
82:00 Sub On
Sam Collins is substituted on for Canvey Island
82:00 Sub Off
Jake Jolliffe is substituted off for Canvey Island
73:00 Sub On
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted on for Canvey Island
73:00 Sub Off
Martin Tuohy is substituted off for Canvey Island
60:00 Sub On
George Sykes is substituted on for Canvey Island
60:00 Sub Off
Jordan Cox is substituted off for Canvey Island
60:00 Sub On
Joe Benjamin is substituted on for Barking
60:00 Sub Off
JJ Da Cruz is substituted off for Barking
End of period 1
23:00 Yellow Card
Brendan Ocran is yellow carded for Barking
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mitchell Gilbey scores for Canvey Island
2:00 Missed Penalty
Darrell Russell misses a penalty for Barking
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Barking
  • 0
  • Darrell Russell Missed Penalty 2:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Goal 18:00'
  • Brendan Ocran Yellow Card 23:00'
  • George Sykes Sub On 60:00'
  • Jordan Cox Sub Off 60:00'
  • Joe Benjamin Sub On 60:00'
  • JJ Da Cruz Sub Off 60:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub On 73:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Sub Off 73:00'
  • Sam Collins Sub On 82:00'
  • Jake Jolliffe Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Emmanuel Olajide
  • 2. Ricky Tarbard
  • 3. Jordan Peart
  • 4. Jack Edwards
  • 5. Joe Bruce
  • 6. JJ Da Cruz
  • 7. Gary Cohen
  • 8. Abs Seymour
  • 9. Darrell Russell
  • 10. Daniel Cheema
  • 11. Brendan Ocran
  • 12. Timi Abiola
  • 13. Joe Benjamin
  • 14. Billy Reynolds
  • 15. Connor Pearce

League round up

Other North Division results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Grays Athletic 38 53
8. AFC Sudbury 38 52
9. Canvey Island 38 51
10. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 50
11. Tilbury 38 49
12. Barking 38 47
13. Brentwood Town 38 45


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