MOUSEHOLE 6-0 PLYMOUTH MARJON
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2019
AT TRUNGLE PARC
ANOTHER SIX GOAL WIN KEEPS MOUSEHOLE IN CONTENTION AT TOP OF LEAGUE
On a remarkable day at Trungle Parc, Mousehole’s Billy Jacka was presented by Cornwall FA with the “County Winner – Groundsman of the Year 2019” award, while on a superbly prepared pitch The Seagulls recorded their third 6-0 score in the last four matches.
Mousehole’s win consolidates their second place in the League and keeps the pressure on leaders Liskeard Athletic.
With both teams having four fixtures left, Liskeard are six points ahead, with a pair of local derby games against Dobwalls together with away games at St Dennis this Saturday and lastly Wendron United to come.
The Seagulls’ schedule is no less tricky, with away games at Holsworthy and St Dennis, coupled with the Good Friday encounter with Penzance at Trungle Parc and a mid-week season-ending home match against third-place Porthleven.
Since the battling 1-1 draw at Plymstock United at the end of December, Mousehole have earned nine straight League wins, scoring 42 goals while conceding two, and the 30 points – including the ‘home walkover’ against Ludgvan – has seen them jump forward from 7th. And importantly their goal difference is already six better than Liskeard’s despite the latter having the advantage of having played Ludgvan and scored 20 goals earlier.
Saturday’s visitors Plymouth Marjon were under intense pressure from the start, The Seagulls high-tempo play – matching the bright and breezy weather – led to a two goal lead after 11 minutes. Gerens James had already sent a header wide from Amara Bakayoko’s cross after just 18 seconds, with Hamza Kaid coming close after young Gabe Smietanka in Marjon’s goal had spilled a James cross in the 3rd minute. But two minutes later Kieron Toland powered to the bye-line and his cross looped high into the far corner via a deflection by centre back Sam Bruty.
Lez Cela’s angled drive was blocked by the keeper on 7 minutes and Kaid fired over on 9, before superb passing and movement on the left enabled Gerens James to shift the ball sideways into a central position and send a crisp right-foot shot from 18 yards low into the far corner for 2-0.
The action continued with Toland wide from 20 yards and Kaid picking up the latter’s excellent long ball to skip inside the full-back and see his shot pushed out for a corner by Smietanka. Ben Williams headed the flag kick over and Bakayoko’s goalbound shot hit a defender, with James heading the corner wide from close-in, as Marjon were overwhelmed in the first 20 minutes.
Dom Angove, standing in for the unavailable Jason Robertson, had a rare piece of work to do on an otherwise quiet afternoon when he clutched a threatening Marjon free kick on 21 minutes, but his counterpart at the other end was completely beaten as Gerens James’ left foot volley from Hamza Kaid’s cross smacked against the crossbar on 26.
The expected third goal arrived in the 36th minute, great work by Tyler Tonkin and Kieron Toland on the right setting up Bakayoko to race to the byeline and send a superb cross into the middle where Hamza Kaid pumped an unstoppable header into the net.
Before the interval Smietanka made a brave block from a fierce angled drive by Kaid, and Gerens James’ headers missed the target from two corners, with the whistle for the end of a one-sided half coming as a relief for the beleaguered visitors.
Marjon managed to weather the storm for the first 25 minutes of the second period, keeping out a close succession of good attempts by Kieron Toland, Ben Williams, Hamza Kaid and Amara Bakayoko, before a Kaid/Bakayoko combination on the right carved out the chance for Gerens James to side-foot in from 8 yards on 73.
There was no respite for the visitors as Mousehole brought on all three substitutes – including Amin Ahmed returning from the Ethiopia U23s’ preparations for next year’s Olympics – while Gerens James was nearly in on yet another hat-trick as he charged down Smietanka’s clearance.
But another two goals brought a much fairer reflection of the overall balance of play, and took Mousehole’s aggregate win to 11-1 in their head-to-heads over Marjon this season. Firstly, Hamza Kaid hammered the ball into the roof of the net from 18 yards in the 86th minute after some defence-splitting play, and in the fourth minute of added-on time substitute Callum George took a sharp one-two on the edge of the box to stride through and coolly squeeze the ball inside the near post.
Mousehole: Dom Angove, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Williams, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Kieron Toland, Steve Burt, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Hamza Kaid
Substitutes: Callum George (for Steve Burt, 58), Tom Hands (for Kieron Toland, 76), Amin Ahmed (for Lez Cela, 76), Dan Osomebi, Kevin Nicholson
Scorers: Own Goal (Sam Bruty, 5), Gerens James (11), Hamza Kaid (36), Gerens James 73), Hamza Kaid (86), Callum George (90+4)
Referee: Rowan Clarke Attendance:123
*The Seagulls travel into Devon to face Holsworthy this Saturday (13th) and will need to be wary of a reaction by The Magpies after their 6-0 mauling at Trungle Parc a few weeks ago.