SIX-GOAL SEAGULLS PERFECTLY POISED FOR PROMOTION PUSH
MOUSEHOLE 6-0 HOLSWORTHY
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 9th MARCH 2019
AT TRUNGLE PARC
Mousehole outclassed the visiting mid-table ‘Devon Magpies’ with a full 90-minute display of skill, movement and intensity, the result enhancing their prospects of being one of the clubs to qualify for promotion to the new Step 6 league next season.
And after this performance, The Seagulls will be confidently expecting to challenge at the top of Division One over the next few weeks. Currently in fourth place, and with six of their last eight games at home, they sit seven points behind leaders Porthleven with two games in hand – and they face Port in the very last game of the season at Trungle Parc on 1st May. Also, they have now closed the gap on one-time title favourites Liskeard Athletic to six points and reduced the goal difference between the sides to just two.
On a grey but dry day and with the pitch in superb condition for the time of year, Holsworthy’s young keeper Ryan Chadwick was kept busy early on, diving to turn Gerens James’ shot round the post in the 8th minute. But the evergreen striker was in predatory mood, heading home Amara Bakayoko’s brilliant right-wing cross to the far post a minute later for the first of his goal-poaching hat-trick.
Chadwick had to be watchful to keep out Tyler Tonkin’s shot-cum-cross from under his crossbar on 13 minutes, but was powerless to prevent new boy Kieron Toland from doubling the lead with another far post header, this time from Paulo Sousa’s right-wing corner.
Home keeper Jason Robertson was called into action for the first – and as it turned out, the last – time on 36, pouncing on a close-range shot after a knock-down from a Holsworthy corner.
Mousehole continued to boss proceedings after the interval, with Amara Bakayoko just wide of the far post with a swerving shot in the opening minutes. The much-expected third goal arrived in the 68th minute with another Gerens James “classic”, anticipating Kieron Toland’s low cross and tapping in from close range. And three became four a minute later as PauloSousa slotted home a penalty after Bakayoko was tripped as he ran on to a through ball.
Kevin Nicholson made all three substitutions in the 75th minute, demonstrating the squad’s strength in depth, with Dan Osomebi causing the visitors big problems down the left and providing an assist for the last two goals. On 83, Amara Bakayoko scored a richly-deserved first goal as he came in from the right to convert a low cross, and a minute from time Gerens James was first to the loose ball at the near post as keeper Chadwick just failed to hold on to another driven low cross.
Mousehole have now won all six of their league games this calendar year, with an aggregate of 28 goals scored and just two conceded. The six goals against Holsworthy were matched on the same afternoon by Mousehole Reserves in their away win at St Agnes, and then doubled by Mousehole Women’s 12-0 trouncing of Porthleven Ladies a day later, giving Mousehole’s three senior teams an amazing 24-nil aggregate over the weekend.
Mousehole’s return match at Holsworthy is on Saturday 13th April, and after that they have just one away game – on Saturday 27th April at St Dennis.
Next up for The Seagulls is the visit to Trungle Parc of nearby Ludgvan this Saturday, 16th March, kick off 3pm. The bottom placed Hurlers have lost every match this season, but with signs of recent re-building and improvement they will be looking to give Mousehole a stiffer challenge than in the 11-1 home defeat at Fairfield in early November.
Mousehole v Holsworthy: Jason Robertson, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Williams, Tom Hands, Kieron Toland, Steve Burt, Paulo Sousa, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Hamza Kaid
Substitutes: Luke Hunter (for Steve Burt, 75), Dan Omosebi (for Hamza Kaid, 75), Jeremiah Gyebi (for Tyler Tonkin, 75), Sam Shulberg, Lorenzo Qerimi
Scorers: Gerens James (9, 68, 89), Kieron Toland (27), Paulo Sousa (pen 69), AmaraBakayoko (83)
Referee: Rowan Clarke Attendance: 82