St Martins FC hosted Stone Dominoes FC in a exhilarating game of football which involved some lovely attacking play from St Martins who ended up scoring 9 goals and taking a well deserved three points in a 9-1 home win.
There is only one word to describe the first half and that is: Hectic. It became apparent right off kick off that the saints were already in their top gear as they created plenty of chances within the first three minutes of the game; they then went and scored in the sixth minute as MOTM Karl Bailey picked up his first goal as a cross was played in, the Dominoes keeper couldn’t keep hold of it and spilled it to gift Karl Bailey an open net and he smashed it home for his and St Martins’ first of the game. St Martins then carried on searching for another as they carried on piling the pressure after their first and they eventually got it as in the sixteenth minute Tom Ash finessed his shot from the edge of the box and placed it in the bottom right hand corner and then only four minutes after, the saints had grabbed their third as a low cross was played into the box and the dominoes defender attempted to clear it but ended up putting it in his own net. The saints didn’t settle for three as they kept fighting for more and found it only 41 seconds after their last goal! Karl bailey slotted away his second of the game. There then was a slight six minute break from all the madness as dominoes started to slowly get back into it and they found their first chance of the game as they fired a shot from the edge of the box but it was easy pickings for George Austin, but dominoes were looking better; unfortunately for Dominoes Tom Ash went down the other end and fired a peach of a shot from roughly 25 yards out to find the bottom left hand corner and grabbed the saints fifth of the game. As Dominoes looked to get back into it, their captain Luke smith drove down the left hand side of the pitch as he found himself in some space, took on the St Martins defence and then slotted it past George Austin for what can only be a consolation goal for the away side. That was the end of the first half as St Martins went in with a four goal lead.
The second half was a lot more composed from Dominoes but St Martins very much kept their momentum as straight from kick off they kept the same pressure and movement from the first half. The first chance of the half fell to on form Karl Bailey on the edge of the box who attempted to place it in the top right hand corner which forced an impressive save from the Dominoes keeper. The start of this half was a lot calmer than the first as Dominoes showed more drive and defended well, the saints did carry on playing their lovely interlinked one touch passing, which was something they kept up all game, to try and break down the improved Dominoes defence and it almost produced as in the 60th minute as Karl Bailey got himself another chance, a driven ball was played into him in the box but he couldn’t produce a clean enough touch to finish it. Although he made up for it in the 69th minute as he was played wide open thanks to a Tom Ash assist which provided Bailey with his Hat-Trick, he then got his fourth in the 71st minute and made it a six goal difference; although he didn’t stop there as he scored his fifth goal in the 89th minute. The game was finished by a goal from Calum Graybrook who found himself with space in the box and slotted it past the keeper in the bottom right hand corner to finish Dominoes’ miserable afternoon and high praised St Martins came away with three points and 9 goals.
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Report written by Liam Vaughan