Another five for youth
St Albans City Youth Disability have continued their impressive start to season. Following on from the 5-2 win in their first game of the season, St Albans City Youth Disability won their second successive match and again notched five goals with a fine 5-
St Albans City Youth Disability have continued their impressive start to season.
Following on from the 5-2 win in their first game of the season, St Albans City Youth Disability won their second successive match and again notched five goals with a fine 5-1 victory over Brighton at Highfield Park on Sunday.
Starting with an unchanged line-up, City skipper Anthony Roche led the way with a hat-trick from left wing to take his tally for the season to 26 in all competitions.
City had much the better of the first half and took the lead when Paul Spink played a free kick over the top of the defence for Roche to run in and slide past the Brighton keeper. The lead was extended when Rob Drew crashed in the second for his fourth goal of the season.
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Drew was later unlucky to have a goal ruled out for a foul on the 'keeper following a flowing passing move which took City the length of the field. City grabbed a third when Keiron O'Kane finished from close range after Drew's effort came back off the crossbar.
Just before half-time Roche scored his second, winning the ball forty yards from goal before outpacing the defence and finishing well.
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The second half saw City take their foot off the pedal but they continued to create chances, most notably Hayden Brown coming close to scoring on six occasions from Spink corners. Brighton gained a foothold in the match when they converted a penalty following a foul in the box by Gary Darling. A number of enforced substitutions also disrupted City but they wrapped up the game when Roche ran onto a through ball from Richard Fox and finished coolly from the edge of the area to complete his hat trick.
Manager Dan Rogers commented after the game: "I was very pleased that we built on the victory in our last match and some of our attacking play was excellent. We have now scored 10 goals in two games. We are now beginning to see the rewards of four years hard work with the disability squad but there remain things to work on and we do not want to get carried away. I also want to thank all the supporters who came to watch and am glad we were able to reward them with another five goals".
St Albans City: Hayden F, L. Robinson, G. Darling, M. Caller, H. Brown, T. Smith, P. Spink, R. Fox, A. Roche, K. O'Kane, R. Drew, Subs G. Tuitt, T. Ward, Jon E, R. Peters Unused sub B. Groom.