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Romford
Aveley
A OLUKOGA (87')
Full time
Sat 18 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 125

ROMFORD 1 (0) - (0) 1 Aveley Attendance 125 - Ship Lane

An Ayo Olukoga goal with three minutes left on the clock was enough to earn Romford a point against fellow strugglers Aveley.

Neither team had recorded a league victory for a long time but both fancied their chances, with a much improved Romford unbeaten in three and the Millers under new management who have strengthened their playing staff. In difficult, wet conditions Romford nearly opened the scoring inside the first minute when Jonathan NZENGO broke down the right wing but his low cross was just too far in front of Carlos DJALO. James ISHMAIL went close for the hosts, firing just wide after a slick Boro move but they soon had young keeper Arthur JANATA to thank for a good save low down. Aveley's star man Robbie Rees had a goalbound shot blocked before the same player forced another good save from Janata after a neat turn and shot. Djalo flicked a cross just wide for Romford before the referee brought to a finish the error strewn first half to the delight of the crowd.

The second half was a much better spectacle and Djalo nearly opened the scoring seven minutes in after beating the offside trap, but his stinging effort was tipped over by the impressive Rhys Madden. The Aveley stopper also did well from the resulting corner, turning Michael FINNERAN's header over. The other number one, Janata saved with his feet from Rees before at the other end Finneran blasted a forty yard effort towards goal that was palmed over. The deadlock was finally broken, but unfortunately for Romford it was by the visitors when Aveley were awarded a throw in that clearly should have gone Boro's way and inevitably after it was quickly taken, a cross from the right found Alex Teniola to head home in the sixty-first minute. Romford made some changes and substitute Harry DALY's free kick was nearly flicked home by FInneran before Romford were finally rewarded for all their fight when Daly's shot was blocked, but man of the match Olukoga who had covered every blade of grass, smashed home the rebound. In a frantic finish both teams had chances to win it in stoppage time, but a draw was probably a fair if unwanted result for both and although they remain bottom, Boro move up to within a point of Norwich United.

ROMFORD (0) 1 Ayo OLUKOGA 87
AVELEY (0) 1 TENIOLA 61

ROMFORD: Arthur JANATA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Hugo ATKINSON, Danny COSSINGTON, Michael FINNERAN, James ISHMAIL, Garrett KELLY, Jonathan NZENGO (Craig JEAKINS 83), Carlos DJALO, OLA GIWA (Harry DALY 64), Sam MVEMBA (Chris TAYLOR 74) SUBS NOT USED STEPHEN REYNOLDS & SONNY SHILLING

YELLOW CARDS: Michael FINNERAN 73, Carlos DJALO 83

Key moments

87:00
Goal Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford

Highlights

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87:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
87:00 Assist
Harry DALY makes an assist for Romford
83:00 Sub On
Craig JEAKINS is substituted on for Romford
83:00 Yellow Card
Carlos DJALO is yellow carded for Romford
83:00 Sub Off
Jonathan NZENGO is substituted off for Romford
74:00 Sub On
Chris TAYLOR is substituted on for Romford
74:00 Sub Off
Sam MVEMBA is substituted off for Romford
73:00 Yellow Card
Michael FINNERAN is yellow carded for Romford
63:00 Sub Off
Olakunle GIWA is substituted off for Romford
63:00 Sub On
Harry DALY is substituted on for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Aveley
  • 0
  • Olakunle GIWA Sub Off 63:00'
  • Harry DALY Sub On 63:00'
  • Michael FINNERAN Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 74:00'
  • Sam MVEMBA Sub Off 74:00'
  • Carlos DJALO Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Craig JEAKINS Sub On 83:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Goal 87:00'
  • Harry DALY Assist 87:00'

Team selection

JANATA, Arthur JANATA, Arthur
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
ATKINSON, Hugo ATKINSON, Hugo
KELLY, Garrett KELLY, Garrett
FINNERAN, Michael FINNERAN, Michael
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
ISHMAIL, James ISHMAIL, James
MVEMBA, Sam MVEMBA, Sam
GIWA, Olakunle GIWA, Olakunle
DJALO, Carlos DJALO, Carlos
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan

League round up

Other North Division results

AFC Hornchurch
2
0
Barking
1
0
Canvey Island
Brentwood Town
2
0
Haringey Borough
Bury Town
0
0
Bowers & Pitsea
1
2
Dereham Town
3
2
Cheshunt

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Soham Town Rangers 32 39
19. Aveley 33 37
20. Brentwood Town 28 29
21. Norwich United 32 29
22. Ware 30 29
23. Cheshunt 33 27
24. Romford 33 22

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