Redbridge 5 Ilford 1 (Premier Division)
Tuesday 19th September
Report by Scott Lanza
Redbridge made it a local derby double on Tuesday evening as they followed up their recent 2-1 win at Barkingside with an emphatic 5-1 victory at Oakside on Tuesday.
The Motormen have a potent striking force this season and got down to business straight away with Joshua Hutchinson rifling off a shot in the opening seconds. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao then powered his way into the Foxes penalty box before finding himself swapped out. The same player then cracked a shot from outside the box that was only narrowly wide, before Calvin Poku headed past Chris Clarke which was soon over-ruled for offside.
The early Motormen bombardment finally came to fruition in the 16th minute when Brian Moses pounced on a ball that the Ilford backline had failed to clear and fired the ball past Clarke.
Billy Bungay was able to create a chance for Ilford soon afterwards, when he played in after some good approach play and his shot was not too far off the target.
However Redbridge were soon back in the driving seat with Isaac Nkosi having to show some superb defending to tackle Coxi-Sebastfao just as we was about to unload. Moses also tested Clarke with a header and Redbridge’s passing football was creating space and therefore chances. However Ilford did create an opening themselves when a fine passing move ended up with Khadean Campbell dragging a shot inches wide.
The Motormen extended their lead in the 35th minute however when Moses put Poku through and he lifted the ball over the Ilford keeper to give his side a two-goal cushion. It almost became a three-goal cushion three minutes later when Moses headed towards the bottom left hand corner resulting in Clarke diving low to keep the ball out. Ilford were able to have one final crack themselves before the break when Billy Rix struck a shot from distance that landed on the roof of the net.
Redbridge started the second half in dominant fashion and Moses was able to use his speed to outpace the Ilford defence but could only fire his shot straight at Clarke. At the other end Chris Lockwood delivered a corner that Rix headed narrowly wide. Moses scored his second goal of the game in the 57th minute after Sam Shepherd delivered a cross that the rangy forward headed past Clarke, hitting the underside of the bar before crossing the line.
The Foxes to their credit did not give in and Vinny Murphy had to block a couple of efforts, while Greene was able to save Campbell’s shot with relative ease as the ball was fired straight towards him.
Redbridge however are potent upfront and some fast-paces passing soon opened up the Foxes defence allowing Poku to run in on goal; Clarke however showed incredible bravery to dive at his feet to knock the ball away and then was up quickly to superbly tip away Lindisipho Mtyanda’s shot from the rebound.
After pulling off such goalkeeping heroics, it was then with a degree of sadness that Clarke spoilt his copybook by gifting Poku with the chance to score his second goal of the game. The Ilford custodian slipped up whilst coming out to clear a through ball and Poku had the simple chance of slotting the ball into the unguarded net. With a four-goal cushion and with 77 minutes played meant the game was now beyond Ilford’s reach, unless they pulled off an amazing recovery.
In the 82nd minute Ilford did pull one back when Greene spilled Sam Baffour’s shot into the path of James Peagram who smashed the ball home. However in the dying stages Redbridge made it a nap hand when Courtney Homans was able to steer a ball past Clarke to add polish to what had been a superb performance from the Motormen.
Redbridge: Lewis Greene, Sam Shepherd (Courtney Homans 58’), Eljay Worrell, Shaun Harris, Jonathon Mbamarah, Vinny Murphy, Joshua Hutchinson, Patrick Duggan (Malaki Toussaint 61’), Calvin Poku, Brian Moses (Lindisipho Mtyanda 73’), Reside Coxi-Sebastfao.
Scorers – Brian Moses (15’, 57’), Calvin Poku (35’, 77’), Courtney Homans (90+1’)
Ilford: Chris Clarke, Sam Baffour, Khadean Campbell, Stefan Szajewski, Isaac Nkosi, Billy Rix, Billy Bungay (Michael Graham 61’), Chris Lockwood, Sherwin Stanley (Jamie Hart 53’), James Peagram, Harry Markatis (Justas Paliulis 46’).
Scorer – James Peagram (82’)