Starr's assists boost Pumas
5:02pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
FC PUMAS 5
SHIP INN 2
THIS Vale Soccer League clash over the previous two seasons has been one of disappointment for the Pumas who have lost the last four encounters but on Saturday they were victorious against lacklustre opponents who, from kick off, did not seem to turn up.
Looking for consecutive league wins for the first time since February, Pumas were fired up after the team talk from captain Richard Starr and 'Gaffer' Andy Parfitt and attacked from the outset, forcing three early corners.
A fantastic save from Ship 'keeper Mick Connolly after Starr struck a powerful swerving free kick straight to the top corner kept the score at 0-0 and Pumas 'keeper Kieron Moyle also made a great low save.
Pumas struck the front when midfield dynamo Jamie Ross struck the ball home after a Starr assist and more pressure paid off when prolific striker Adam Godwin struck a low shot after another Starr assist.
Winger Brian Gillen nearly made it 3-0 with some good chances and Ross and Adam Payne were dominating the midfield battle. Forwards Jac Kirby and Godwin made life difficult for the Ship back line and were well supported by Gillen and Jason Collard on the flanks.
In the second half, Pumas again looked comfortable, with the back line of Starr, Davey Allen, Nelly Jones and Gareth Messer working well when not ni possession and goalkeeper Moyle being almost a spectator.
Starr made it a hat-trick of assists with a ball through to goalscorer Kirby.
Gillen was replaced by David Germon and it didn't take long for him to stamp his mark on the game when he set up Kirby for his second to make it 4-0 to the Pumas. Germon also nearly got a goal himself but shot over after some awesome ball work.
A clumsy challenge by 'donkey of the match' Messer gave the Ship something to smile about as they converted a penalty.
Michael Lewis came on for Kirby and Joe Cleary replaced Jones but It didn't stop the Pumas and, after a whipped corner by Payne, Godwin got his brace after pressure in the box from Lewis and Godwin.
A silly error by Payne let the Ship in for a second goal but the Pumas saw the game out comfortably.
Thanks to the Tadross Inn for amazing after-match food and drinks and also a big thanks to J J Windows and John McCarthy for sponsoring the new kit and hooded jumpers.