After conceding three goals from a winning position in the 4-4 draw at St Dennis four days previously, this was another eventful and unpredictable contest, but it was Mousehole this time who came back to snatch a very late equaliser with the odds stacked against them.
The Seagulls played for nearly an hour with ten men after Luke Johnson was sent off for a second yellow card a few minutes before half-time after going a goal up, and goalkeeper Steve Parker-Billinge withdrew injured in the 80th minute with no substitute goalkeeper on the bench and the score 3-2 in Porthleven’s favour.
Jerome Slew scored his second hat-trick in successive matches to lay early claim for the ‘golden boot’ award, while substitute striker Matt McIlroy came on in goal for a nerve-wracking last 15 minutes and after making two assured saves to keep his side in the match he became the unlikely provider for Slew’s equalising goal in the 94th minute. But apart from the individual moments, this was a gritty team performance with battling qualities in evidence all over the pitch for the whole of the 95 minutes.
The torrential rain played a part in Mousehole’s opening goal in the 16th minute as Slew took aim with a low shot from 20 yards that sped up on the slick surface and both ball and goalkeeper slithered over the line.
It was no surprise when Porthleven equalised from close range in the 50th minute as they dominated possession against the ten men, but incredibly it was that man Slew again who put Mousehole back in the lead on 55 with an accurate drive inside the far post from just inside the box after Lewis Caspall had cleverly opened up the defence.
Back came the hosts and their pressure paid off with goals on 71 and 77 minutes to give them a likely-looking winning lead, especially when a few minutes later SPB slipped heavily on the wet surface to take no further part in the game.
But in a dramatic finale and well into injury time, Porthleven conceded an unnecessary free kick on the halfway line. Stand-in ‘keeper McIlroy flighted the ball into the danger area, the ball was headed on and the predatory Slew turned the half chance into goal. A mixture of joy and disbelief among Seagulls supporters forming the majority of the crowd of 77.
On Saturday (19th), in the third of their opening sequence of 10 away league matches following major ground works at Trungle Parc, The Seagulls travel to the far corner of Cornwall to face Millbrook, who drew 2-2 at home against Ludgvan on the opening day and won away 2-1 at Dobwalls in midweek.
Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge (sub: Matt McIlroy, 83), Yeshe Briar (sub: Byron Wood, 90), Billy Curtis (captain), James Taylor, Max Hill, Ben Williams, Kevin Lawrence, Bradley Wills (sub: Finn Cross, 90), Luke Johnson (red card, 41), Lewis Caspall, Jerome Slew. Subs: Louis Graham, Nathan Goodspeed.
|Date||Time||League||Season||Match Day||Full Time|
|16th August 2017||7:30 pm||Division One West||2017||Wednesday||90'|