Off the back of our dramatic penalty shootout victory in the Tregear Cup, our attentions returned to the league. On a pitch that was far from ideal for our usual passing football it was key that we got off to a good start against a strong but inexperienced Grouville side. A few nervy moments at the back early on, often due to Grouville’s constant threat out in the wide areas (not helped as Ash White thought he was marking 4 wingers with his blurred vision), meant that the opening ten minutes were far from spectacular. Luckily however our class shone through as a couple of moments of brilliance from Burty with a left footed finish into the top left corner and Jake Prince continuing his fine form with two more goals, gave us a 3 goal lead. However credit must go to Ciaran Pack who returned to Under 18 action in style as he made three superb saves in the first 45 minutes. A couple of half time changes could possibly be to blame for another slow start to the half which lead to former St Peters player Sam Darwin crashing the ball in from 20 yards with a thunderous strike that left Pack with no chance. We bounced back immediately though to crush any faint comeback hopes as Kyle Devenish danced his way down the line before slashing a ball across the face of goal for half time substitute Luc Scott to slide home. This goal had effectively crushed Grouville who performed admirably considering a lack of options from the bench and the fact that they had adopted the Ian Solomon special tactic of playing a centre back in goal. A much more solid performance at the back, again led by a commanding and confident Pack, set the foundation for better flowing football in the second half although it was still a tad patchy. Two more goals followed for the crosskeys. Firstly, Rhys Parish headed home brilliantly from a fantastic Jack Burt cross to notch a birthday goal for himself on his return to U18 action. Then came the real surprise of the day. 5 yard Lamby who had, as per usual, dictated the game – powered through a crowd of players to head home emphatically from another cracking Jack Burt corner. Odd but pleasing to see the skipper on the scoresheet.
All in all, another great and impressive win for us as we go to within two wins of the league title. Failed to hit the heights of the St Pauls performance but 3 points none the less. No game until the 14th April vs Wanderers at home.
report by Elliot Powell
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