City's shooting Stars smash five past Trojans
City of Portsmouth Stars put last weeks defeat behind them in style as they dominated Trojans to secure a 5-0 win.
On a cold windy afternoon at Furze Lane the City Stars development team faced Trojans.
The umpires officiating today were Ed and Meri. Stars won pushback and the first half started promptly and with the wind behind them the Stars immediately started to pressure the opposition. The Trojans team had a blend of youth and experience which was similar to Stars, but with regular keeper Diarmaid away so Reuben covered in goal with a solid performance throughout. It wasn't long before Stars opened the scoring with an unusual type of goal from Tristan. Harry Hellyer hit the ball towards the back post from outside the D and the Trojans Keeper was confident that the ball would go into the goal or behind however the keeper hadn't banked on where the goalpost was only for the ball to bounce back and re-enter play and Tristan Barnes was lurking to reverse flick the ball over the line.
This goal made Stars more confident and it wasn't long before the forwards had won the first of many short corners. Captain Paul Barnes stepped up to strike at the penalty corner which increased the lead to two goals. City were electric and after some well worked passing in midfield Ben Heyward managed to find some space to blast a hard shot past several players and beat the keeper with a lovely effort into the corner of the goal. Trojans restarted the game quickly but in an effort to chase the game Trojans lost the ball on several occasions as Matt BK, Aaron Kemp and Ashley Brown stamped their dominance and pinched the ball back for City. After some key triangular passing moves another short corner was awarded and using the same successful move as the first short corner Paul scored again after dodging the incoming runner and striking home to put City 4-0 up going into half-time.
At half time the Stars decided not to change anything as the home team were in good form and just enjoyed a well earned quick drink and praise to the efforts of all. The Stars team were told only to provide more of the same quality hockey.
In the 2nd half Louis was devastating on the right hand side for City and linked well with all the players around him and used his pace to beat the Trojans defence again and again. Trojans had changed the positioning and formation of their team but the City defence of Ashley, Matt, Neil, Clive, Theo and an outstanding attacking right back display by Jacob Shucksmith meant that Trojans were thwarted despite many valiant efforts to pressure the home team. The Stars kept searching for more with fast attacking play and it wasn't long before another short corner was awarded and Paul stepped up to grab his third goal this time with a low flick into the corner.
Man of the Match was awarded to Louis Mccubbin.
Stars Captain Paul Barnes said "What do I have to do to get the votes to win Man of the Match? I score a hat-trick and I still can't win it! Seriously though the lads have had to bounce back well today after a couple of defeats in our last two games. I felt today that we got back on track with a confident display from the players involved. Our home form has been good but we don't seem to travel as well and that is to be corrected in our next game which is a long trip away to Poole Dolphins next week."