Looking Back At Success
Adam Dennehey looks back at Barkingside FC’s 2009 Essex Senior League Cup triumph.
Some of you (all of you I hope) may have seen the news that Matt ‘Burger’ Frew’s side are through to this season’s Essex Senior League Cup Final against Bowers & Pitsea. That is a tremendous achievement for Burgs and everyone involved with the club and I for one do hope that the boys can bring back some silverware to the Oakside before the season draws to a close.
It is worth remembering in 2009 that ‘Side won the League Cup at Southend Manor beating Burnham Ramblers 2-0 thanks to strikes from Chris Lewis and Julian Ashby to secure silverware in Jimmy Flanaghan’s season with the club.
I feel it’s worth looking back on that achievement as that win ended ‘Side’s 8-year wait for a trophy. That’s not to say that the club hadn’t come to close to winning a trophy during that time. After all they had challenged for the League title and reached 2 Gordon Brasted finals during that time, so it’s not as if they had not been competitive or had poor teams.
It was a sunny day at Manor’s Southchurch Park where the final was to be played and coming up on the team-coach we were all quietly confident of winning. After all the club had enjoyed an excellent second-half to the season after overcoming a somewhat difficult start to the season.
Despite finishing a fine fourth in the League, the club had lost their final 3 games of the season conceding a whopping 13 goals in the process, 6 of those at home to League champions Romford. It is never nice to see opposition fans celebrating on your ground after a win and the feeling’s even worse when those fans are toasting a league championship. In some ways it’s a party that you really don’t want to host!
Seeing the Romford players, committee and fans joyous at the Oakside must have hit the lads hard ahead of the Cup Final and must have made them determined than ever to win the Cup and to not have to watch another club toasting silverware as they watched on.
Looking back on the game itself, it was quite a dull first-half if I’m being honest. Both sides started the game looking to keep things tight and certainly with Glen Golby and Craig Dennis in the heart of defence I can’t really remember Burnham having a chance on goal before the break. Saying that ‘Side weren’t exactly mounting attack after attack but they did grab the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Leon Diaczuk who had re-joined the club towards the end of the season from Brentwood Town was hauled down inside the area by Scott Pethers as he picked up a through-ball from midfield. Lewis coolly slotted the penalty home past Rob Small. There was no doubt Lewis would score from the spot, the forward had enjoyed a fantastic season with the club and deserved his big-moment in the final.
After the break there was only one side in it and that was Barkingside. Jordan Tolan and Dominic Harkins bossed the midfield in the second-half as frustration began to show in Burnham’s performance and it was no real surprise when Adam Dale received his marching orders after picking up a second-booking after hacking down Lewis down by the corner-flag.
Ten or so minutes after Burnham were reduced to 10 men ‘Side wrapped up the game. Good work from Harkins found Lewis in midfield. His neat through-ball found full-back Ashby bombing forward who hit a brilliant angled-drive past Small to wrap the game up with about 15 minutes left.
Seeing Dom Harkins lift the Cup out on the pitch was a great sight. Dom along with Greg Thompson who I’m sure was involved in the squad that day had been a great player for the club. The game was Dom’s 114th and last game with the club and it was a fitting way for him to end his time with the club.
Interestingly, two players from ‘Side’s win that May are currently with the club. Those players are Danny Callway and Mark Steadman and both barring injury will certainly be involved in Burgers match-day squad come this season’s final. How’s that for a good omen.
Thanks to Adam for this article. Follow him on twitter: @ADennehey87