DOBWALLS 1-2 MOUSEHOLE
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER 2018, AT LANTOOM PARK
Mousehole had to be at their resilient best for over 100 minutes in a fiesty encounter fragmented by frequent free kicks and several lengthy injury stoppages.
Playing with the wind gusting down the Lantoom Park slope, The Seagulls built a two-goal interval lead but were under pressure for the whole of the second half as the hosts pulled back a goal just before the hour and missed a penalty in added-on time.
With Mousehole on top in the early stages, Gerens James headed just over from Calum Elliot’s cross after excellent work by Billy Curtis and Hamza Kaid on the right. Confusion then followed in the 8th minute when the referee awarded the visitors a penalty for handball but reversed his decision after consulting the assistant referee and gave Dobwalls a free kick instead.
However, two minutes later The Seagulls opened the scoring through Paulo Sousa who coolly slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper when put in the clear by Calum Elliot’s defence-splitting pass.
Dobwalls were doing their best to disrupt Mousehole’s pattern of play, but Elliot was again prominent in the 44th minute to double the lead with an instant reaction header after Hamza Kaid’s fierce cross-shot from an angle had been parried – a goal that was to prove decisive in the final analysis.
Dobwalls came back into the game on 58 minutes through Sam Ingram’s low 18-yard drive into the far corner, and from then on they stepped up a gear, fiercely contesting every ball – and decision. Even so, Gerens James came close to restoring a two-goal cushion with a shot on 61 and header on 66. At the other end, keeper Jason Robertson – making a second appearance after his recent transfer from Porthleven – had to make a diving save to push out a goal-bound long-range shot with ten minutes of normal time left, as the home side stepped up their physical onslaught and verbal provocation.
Calum Elliot was denied the chance to make the game more comfortable by a fine goalkeeping save on 90+2, but the drama was still to come. Mousehole’s defenders had just managed to scramble the ball away in front of goal on 90+4, when in the next minute Ryan Andrew’s foul in the box gave Dobwalls the perfect opportunity to make it all-square from the penalty spot, but Jason Robertson got across to his left to beat out the shot. The Seagulls managed to withstand another three minutes of bombardment before pocketing the valuable three points.
Mousehole’s hard-earned three points lifts them up to sixth place, ten points behind 100%-record Liskeard Athletic from the same number of games, with the important head-to-head away at Lux Park on 24th November.
Before then, league game no. 10 is the local derby at Ludgvan this Saturday (2:15pm). The Hurlers are currently winless and in last place in the table, but, after the departure of most of the squad who achieved a creditable runners-up spot last season, they are in the process of re-grouping on the playing and coaching side – with some help from Mousehole!
Following that, The Seagulls have the chance to create more cup headlines when they face two Premier Division sides at Trungle Parc on successive Saturdays. Having already this season knocked out higher-level teams Newquay and Sticker away and Millbrook at home, they host Helston Athletic on 10th November in the Cornwall Senior Cup second round, and current league leaders Plymouth Argyle on the 17th in the SWP League Cup third round, both ties with a 2pm kick off and extra time and penalties if necessary.
Mousehole v Dobwalls: Jason Robertson, Billy Curtis, Ryan Andrew, Adel Gafaiti, Tom Hands, Lorenzo Qerimi, Luke Hunter, Paulo Sousa, Hamza Kaid, Gerens James, Calum Elliot
Substitutes: Hermann Niamke (for Paulo Sousa, 70), Kevin Nicholson, Paul Williams
Referee: Lee Roberts