Confidence sky-high for Saints and Da Costa after wonder goal sinks Clarets

PUBLISHED: 06:26 08 April 2019

Khale Da Costa deftly lobs Nathan McDonald in the Chelmsford goal for a wonderful third for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Khale Da Costa deftly lobs Nathan McDonald in the Chelmsford goal for a wonderful third for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

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Khale Da Costa’s wonder goal against Chelmsford City is a sure sign of the confidence St Albans City players have for the end of season run-in.

David Moyo heads St Albans City level on the stroke of half-time. Picture: JIM STANDENDavid Moyo heads St Albans City level on the stroke of half-time. Picture: JIM STANDEN

That is according to the player himself who from a personal view was just delighted to be playing.

David Moyo celebrates the first of his two goals against Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDENDavid Moyo celebrates the first of his two goals against Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDEN

He said: “It’s been a build-up of so many things, and things I’ve been doing off the field as well, extra training and stuff.

David Moyo makes it 2-1 for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDENDavid Moyo makes it 2-1 for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

“I’m just working hard, trying to work my socks off.”

David Moyo hits the back of the net after making it 2-1 for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDENDavid Moyo hits the back of the net after making it 2-1 for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

The goal was the final strike in the 3-1 win and was a joy to watch for all those wearing yellow and blue inside Clarence Park.

Khale Da Costa sends in a cross. Picture: JIM STANDENKhale Da Costa sends in a cross. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Da Costa was slipped the ball outside the box and with a stunning touch and turn he found himself in acres of space and one on one with the keeper.

Scott Shulton hits a free-kick towards goal. Picture: JIM STANDENScott Shulton hits a free-kick towards goal. Picture: JIM STANDEN

And not content with that display of skill he then looked up and with the deftest of chips left Nathan McDonald grasping at thin air as the ball sailed over and into the net.

St Albans celebrate taking a 2-1 lead over Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDENSt Albans celebrate taking a 2-1 lead over Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDEN

“I don’t know how it happened to be fair, it was just instinct,” said the modest winger, smiling.

Saints players mob Khale Da Costa after his wonder goal against Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDENSaints players mob Khale Da Costa after his wonder goal against Chelmsford. Picture: JIM STANDEN

“I saw him off his line and I thought I’d just go for it.

Khale Da Costa deftly lobs Nathan McDonald in the Chelmsford goal for a wonderful third for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDENKhale Da Costa deftly lobs Nathan McDonald in the Chelmsford goal for a wonderful third for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

“I’ve done that in a friendly before so I thought lets just do it again. Thankfully it came off.

“It’s a nice relief because it’s been tough for me, being in and out of the team, but I’ve just got to get my head down and keep working hard.

“From here we just need to build and as a team we need to get into the play-offs.”

The win against one of the sides already in those National League South play-off places moves Saints to within just two points of the top seven.

Four games remain and they include another three of the sides above the Saints, including champions-elect Torquay United who arrive in Hertfordshire on the final day of the season.

Da Costa though was in a bullish mood when asked to give his thoughts on the run-in.

He said: “The confidence is high and we don’t fear anybody, I’ve said it all season.

“We just have to go out there and grab results and we’re better against the bigger teams as results have shown.

“We can take anybody on our day.”

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