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Sea Fires Bluebirds In To Round Two

10 August 2021

A photograph of Dimitri Sea celebrating his goal for Barrow against Scunthorpe United Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Dimitri Sea celebrates his goal for Barrow against Scunthorpe United

A spectacular first goal for the Club from Dimitri Sea was enough to clinch Barrow a place in Round Two of the Carabao Cup as Scunthorpe United were beaten at Holker Street.

 

The Frenchman despatched an astonishing overhead kick early in the second half to settle a hard fought tie as Mark Cooper’s men secured a place in Wednesday evening’s draw.

It was a scrappy start to the game, but Jamie Devitt almost illuminated with a wonderful goal on 10 minutes when he found space on the right of the area to let fly with a powerful which wobbled through the air and drew a good save from keeper Rory Watson.

The Bluebirds continued to look the more likely to open the scoring as the half developed; Remeao Hutton whipped a testing cross into the far post which just beat the arriving Patrick Brough to touch, while Dimitri Sea turned to shoot on goal moments later but saw his effort blocked.

More pressure arrived on 24 minutes when Scunthorpe made a meal of clearing a ball which popped around on the edge of their box and sat up nicely for Mark Ellis to let fly but his powerful strike flashed wide.

The Iron began to feel their way into the game though and came closest of all to finding the net when Harry Bunn’s fizzing drive scraped the crossbar on its way over.

Paul Farman then produced two excellent saves, first to deny Ryan Loft who had sneaked through on the right side of the box and then from Myles Hippolyte who powered a drive towards the near post.

Within three minutes of the restart, Barrow were on the front foot as Sea showed a typical willingness to shoot on sight, having a go from 25 years but seeing his low drive go just wide of the post.

The Frenchman was not deterred. On 50 minutes his moment arrived – and what a moment it was. Hutton’s long throw-in from the left was flicked on by Ellis towards Dimitri Sea at the far post who showed incredible athleticism to execute a perfect overhead kick and send the ball flashing past Watson for 1-0.

Offrande Zanzala was introduced for his debut midway through the second half and the summer signing looked keen to make an impression, almost impacting with his first touch as he powered into space on the left only for his cross to be grabbed at the front post by Watson.

The Iron keeper had more work to do when Zanzala somehow squeezed his way past two defenders and bullied a path into the penalty area before letting go with a ferocious shot which Watson did well to tip over the bar.

Scunthorpe rallied as time ran out and Tom Pugh flashed a shot just over the bar and then substitute Devarn Green saw his deflected effort go just the wrong side of the post, but Barrow held on for the win.

Full Time: Barrow 1 Scunthorpe United 0

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, Ellis, Arthur (Grayson 70), Ntlhe (Brown 78), Brough, White, Banks, Devitt, Gordon (Zanzala 67), Sea.
Subs not used: Moloney, Taylor, Kay, James.

Scunthorpe United: Watson, O’Malley, Kenyon (Beestin 67), Taft, Onariase, Loft, Hippolyte, Bunn (Green 67), Pugh, Davis (Wilson 81), Perry.
Subs not used: Balme, Rowe, Jessop, Thompson.

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 1,320 (46 Scunthorpe United)


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