Goal Feast For Ruthless Pirates, As Tamar View Get Swept Aside
(Sunday 27th September 2015)
Having suffered back to back cup defeats in recent weeks The Pirates were keen to get back on the winning trail as they returned to League action against Tamar View at Devonport High School on the 3G surface. Unseasonably warm weather greeted both teams on arrival, Manager Kris Carpenter making 3 changes to last weeks defeat to The Southway, new signing Dan Yeoman made his debut at centre back, with Callum Knight returning after suspension to start the game. Two positional changes saw James Berntsen go back to his usual right back role & a more eye catching change saw Captain Sam Bruty join Yeoman in Defence due to a lack of options in the heart of the back line.
The Pirates in their change strip of Green shirts, got the game underway attacking the goal away to the left. An early goal was just the tonic required to install some confidence & it would arrive just 2mins into the game. Starting firmly on the front foot & pushing forward The Pirates struck first, debutant Dan Yeoman played a long ball down the inside right channel of Defence finding the already running Adam Smietanka, who’s superb first touch bought him time to twist & turn inside one then two Defenders before opening the angle & firing low in to the bottom right corner passed the helpless Tamar View goal keeper, who was in for a busy day! 0-1.
With a goal lead safely tucked under their belts The Pirates relaxed into some free flowing Football & looked a constant threat from then on & two goals in 3mins would seemingly kill off the game early a short time later. On 15mins leading scorer Callum Knight converted from a header after Defender James Ewing’s superb ball over the top from the left back area, the young striker bravely getting up ahead of the keeper to loop the ball home & just 3mins later it was James Ewing himself who grabbed the 3rd goal of the game, Tamar View’s goal keeper going walk about to try to prevent a corner only to clear the ball directly to Ewing who’s superbly judged 25 yard lob sailed in to the net, The Pirates were well & truly in command of the game. They were however quickly reminded nothing was won yet, Tamar View grabbing a goal back on 21mins after some slack Defending allowed the wide man to cut in & slot home from the left hand edge of the 18 yard box. 1-3.
You could forgive the Home side for just sitting deep & going in to damage limitation mode but despite The Pirates going close a number of times in the next 10mins they didn’t fold, during that spell debut boy Dan Yeoman was unlucky to see his superb headed effort narrowly drift over the bar. On 39mins Tamar View’s desire not to go down without a fight was rewarded, as the centre forward took down a long ball & drove in to the penalty area he was blatantly pulled back by his shirt by Pirates man Loreaz Manolias & the Referee had little option. PENALTY! After a long delay the Home sides taker slotted in to make the score close again, in truth, closer than it should’ve been given the run of play. Despite the setback of conceding The Pirates were presented with a chance of their own just a minute before the break, Callum Knight latching on to Manolias’ superb through ball only to be wrestled to the floor, almost a carbon copy of the incident at the other end of the field. PENALTY! Adam Smietanka stepped up to take the spot kick & confidentially slotted it home in to the bottom right hand corner, just the boost The Pirates needed heading in to the break. Half-Time 2-4.
The second period got under way & after an urge to refocus & press the opposition from the off from Manager Carpenter The Pirates very quickly put the game to bed. A 10min four goal blitz all but killing off Tamar View’s chances. The first coming on 48mins again from Callum Knight who’s pace was causing all sorts of problems for the home side, Loreaz Manolias again the architect as his beautifully weighted through ball found Knight who cut inside, beat the defender skipped around the despairing lunge of the keeper & tucked it away. Just 2mins later Adam Smietanka would bag his hat-trick goal as Knight’s clever run into the box was halted by the keeper’s foul, but after the Ref allowed the advantage Smietanka drilled home the lose ball, in fact it was the same man who bagged the Pirates 7th & his 4th on 56mins, robbing the Defender of possession & streaking clear before slotting away. Not to be out done Callum Knight completed the astonishing speed goal feast with his Hat-Trick goal on 58mins, more excellent work from Smietanka & Manolias to set him up. A superb & in truth devastating opening spell from The Pirates to start the second half, taking every chance presented to them & the game was seemingly killed off as a contest with the score at 2-8.
A period of calm in the game followed, as the Home side appeared to accept their fate & The Pirates sitting on a commanding five goal advantage, but the calm would only last a short time as two goals in less than a minute really put the gloss on the score line. on 67mins Callum Knight bagged his fourth goal of the game latching on to a free-kick from Adam Smietanka at the back post after Manolias had been fouled & just a minute later Paul Millar got arguably the goal of the game, once again it was Loreaz Manolias assisting as his pass picked out Millar on the right hand corner of the penalty area & after some clever footwork making himself a yard he elegantly chipped the keeper in to the far corner of the net, a real stand out strike as The Pirates were cruising to victory. 2-10.
With the game all but won Manager Carpenter elected to give some subs a run out, Chris Stephens & Dan Sanderson replaced Enda Hannigan & Paul Millar joining the already intorduced Dave Isaacs, who replaced Michael Brown at the break. Rather predictably with a nine goal lead some complacency crept in & Tamar View were able to pull a late goal back (82) & but for a stunning reflex save from Liam Hooks could’ve grabbed another (88) but with a clear & convincing margin of victory it was The Pirates day as they ran out clear & deserved winners.
Smietanka (2,44 Pen,50,56) Knight (15,48,58,67) Ewing (18) Millar (68)
Berntsen (RB) Yeoman (CB) Bruty (CB) Ewing (LB)
Hannigan (MF) Brown (MF)
Manolias (RF) Millar (CF) Knight (LF)
Isaacs, Stephens, Sanderson, Jones.
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Man Of The Match
Man Of The Match: Loreaz Manolias
The Man Of The Match award this week goes to Loreaz Manolias. At just 16 years of age it would be easy to dismiss Loreaz as a flashy youngster who would find adult Football too hard to handle, but the truth is he is anything but that. Hard working, committed, resilient & naturally immensely talented, Loreaz has made the adjustment to this level quite superbly, using his pace & box of tricks to make a real impression on every game he has played so far this season. His contribution today was high level, providing two assists & three second assists he helped provide the platform for the goal scorers to win the game, whilst by his own admission he has much to learn still Loreaz is a real stand out performer for The Pirates & richly deserving of his MOTM award for today.