Gash cashes in on Barrow boys
PUBLISHED: 15:54 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010
EBBSFLEET United lifted themselves into the playoff positions - albeit briefly - with an uncompromising performance at Barrow on Saturday. Michael Gash scored a second-half brace to bring his tally for the season to seven after Luke Moore had started the
EBBSFLEET United lifted themselves into the playoff positions - albeit briefly - with an uncompromising performance at Barrow on Saturday.
Michael Gash scored a second-half brace to bring his tally for the season to seven after Luke Moore had started the rout just past the half-hour.
The Fleet have now lost just one of their last 10 matches and crept into sixth spot before being usurped by Cambridge the following day.
The opener came against the run of play as the hosts had their counterparts under the cosh for most of the early exchanges. Lance Cronin was called into action after only a few minutes and did well to keep an Andy Bond effort - at the near post - out of his net.
Strike duo Mark Boyd and Jason Walker also tested Cronin, but the England 'C' international was more than equal to the challenge.
Moore then caught The Bluebirds napping after 32 minutes as Dean Pooley got forward to find the young striker on the edge of the area. The 20-year-old only had a yard of space but that was all he needed to drill a shot just inside the far post, giving Alan Martin no chance.
Despite having several chances to restore parity, Barrow found Cronin impassable as, first, he thwarted Walker and then, on the stroke of half-time, he tipped Steve McNulty's powerful header over.
Fleet put pressure on their hosts from the word go in the second half and threatened with three corners in quick succession.
Danny Slatter won a free kick after being hauled down by Paul Black - who was shown a yellow and soon subbed off - and Gash made no mistake when he firmly headed Stacy Long's delivery past Martin.
The game began to deteriorate as a spectacle and Barrow captain Paul Jones and Ashley Winn - whose rash tackle on Pooley almost sparked a 20-man brawl - were next to be cautioned as the home side's frustration grew.
Soon after, a Michael Pearson tackle on Long near the touchline angered the visiting bench as tempers frayed further.
Ebbsfleet substitute Ricky Shakes was quickly causing problems down the right wing and his whipped cross was met first time by Gash, but went narrowly wide. The latter capitalised on still more hesitancy in the home defence three minutes from time to score his second with a low shot past a despairing Martin.
Ebbsfleet: Cronin, Ricketts, Charles, McCarthy, Opinel (Pooley 26), Slatter (Shakes 68), Barrett, Hand, Long (Stone 75), Gash, Moore: Subs not used: Ibe, Mott. Att: 1,378.