Goreham Scores 'em from Wherever he Wants
Gorleston signed off a promising season in style.
Ricci Butler made four changes from last weeks draw at Haverhill. Skipper Harley Clements was replaced at right back by George Yusuff who seems to have played just about everywhere this season except in goal! Reece Hunn came in for Damon Wise at left back. Isaac Burrage filled in for Yusuff at centre back.
Kyle Ingram replaced Peter Oldham whilst Jack Garrod returned for the injured Connor Ingram.
Two months earlier, the visitors had inflicted a third league defeat on a below par Greens, and their starting eleven showed six changes from that match. Funnily enough, Gorleston's starting eleven also showed six differences from that game.
Ely made a good start to the game and it was Taurean Molloy who had to make the first save in the 11th minute when Gorleston failed to deal with a long ball allowing Alex Theobald to get a shot away.
But it was Gorleston's first shot in anger that produced the opening goal three minutes later when Jacob Short's shot from about 22 yards slipped through the goalkeepers grasp and spilled into the net.
The Greens could have increased their lead. Garrod had a shot blocked, the ball rebounding to Kyle Baker who prodded wide then Joel Watts weaved his way through before sidefooting the ball inches over the bar.
Gorleston finally doubled the lead in the 37th minute.
Garrod's cross from the left was cleared as far as Kyle Ingram, 22 yards out, and he placed a low drive into the bottom corner.
Ely missed a chance to pull a goal back two minutes before the break when Molloy punched a free kick clear but only as far as Theobald who shot back towards the untended net but the ball went well wide.
Gorleston seemed to be comfortable and playing within themselves and made it three ten minutes into the second half.
Short burst into the box on the left and squared the ball into the middle to where Supporters Player of the Season Joel Watts was waiting to shoot it through the keeper's legs into the goal.
The game had been played in a sporting manner but took an unexpected turn in the 75th minute.
Garrod and Tom Williams tangled deep in the Ely half. Garrod retaliated to something Williams was alleged to have done. The referee didn't see the initial incident, only the retaliation and Garrod was shown a straight red card.
From the restart, Theobald broke into the box. Molloy raced from his goal and Theobald poked the ball past him but also wide of the post.
Ten minutes from time the ten men of Gorleston made it 4-0 when Yusuff attacked down the left and crossed the ball in. Watts reacted first and got to the near post to stoop low and head the ball down into the goal.
The best was yet to come as Gorleston ended the season with a worldie from Luke Goreham!
Ely keeper Harry Reynolds got no distance on a clearance from the edge of his box. The ball landed at the feet of Goreham, ten yards inside the Ely half. He took a touch, steadied himself then lobbed the ball goalwards, over the retreating keeper's flailing grasp and it dropped nicely into the net.
The match sponsor awarded the Batemans man of the match to Kyle Ingram.
Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, George Yusuff, Reece Hunn (Mitch McKay 80), Jacob Short (Jordan Stanton 66), Isaac Burrage, Aaron Taylor (c), Kyle Ingram, Luke Goreham, Jack Garrod, Kyle Baker (Hayden Ingram 74), Joel Watts
Sent off: Garrod 75
Goals: Short 14; K Ingram 37; Watts 55, 80; Goreham 90
Ely City: Harry Reynolds (c), Carson Silvain, Daniel Jeffrey, Dominic Hunt, Tom Williams, Ollie Brookes,Kelvin Enaro (Brady Stone 84), George Darling, Alex Theobald (Martin Grey 84), Luke Mansfield, Matthew Simpson
Booking: Jeffrey 69
Ref: Paul Burnham
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