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First Team - Match centre

Kirkley & Pakefield
Full time
J Watts (16'), M McKay (38', 56'), I Fatadjo (68')
Tue 8 Aug 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division Attendance 165

McKay the Key as Ish Inspires

Gorleston made it two wins from two in the league with a fine win at near neighbours Kirkley.

The Greens made one change from their opening two matches with Isaac Burrage recovering from a knock and replaced by Elliott Hannant. George Yusuff was captain for the day in his final game before heading off on a scholarship in America for which we wish him all the best.

The Greens began well and within two minutes Mitch McKay had brought a flying save out of Kirkley keeper Hayden Rogers.

Taurean Molloy palmed away a free kick up the other end before Gorleston took the lead in the 16th minute.

Kirkley 08/08/2017
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Ismael Fatadjo robbed Kyle Baker on the right before feeding Mitch McKay. McKay helped the ball on to Joel Watts who shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his first of the season.

McKay tried his luck from range again in the 20th minute, this time the fingertips of Rogers turned the ball onto the bottom of the post.

Five minutes later Liam Harvey-Cooper drilled an effort goalwards for the hosts but it was straight at Molloy.

Connor Ingram got on the end of McKay's through ball and went through one on one with the keeper but, for once, Ingram couldn't get the better of him.

Harvey-Cooper seemed to have broken clear into the box only to be brought back by the referee giving a free kick to him for handball. Then Kyle Haylock skipped past several Gorleston challenges before being denied by Molloy.

The Greens had looked the most dangerous team throughout the half and the only real surprise was that they had only one goal to show but they put that right seven minutes before the break.

Once again Fatadjo was involved, picking out Connor Ingram on the right. He pulled the ball back to McKay who tucked the ball home from in front of the goal.

Molloy once again denied Baker five minutes into the second half before Joel Watts looked to be clean through on goal until he was denied by an excellent tackle by Tarren Grint.

In the 56th minute Gorleston were given a superb chance to seal the points when McKay was brought down in the box. Connor Ingram stepped up to take the penalty but was denied by an excellent save.

However, two minutes later the points were secured. Connor Deeks saw an effort blocked but the ball fell nicely to McKay who drilled the ball unerringly into the top corner from twenty yards.

In the 68th minute Connor Ingram turned provider, sliding the ball through for Fatadjo who held off his challengers and slotted the ball calmly past the advancing keeper to cap his excellent performance with his first goal for the club.

That proved his last kick of the match as he was the substituted off but the reception he received from all supporters as he left the field showed what a prospect he is.

With the game won Gorleston sat back and Kirkley had a couple of efforts but Molloy was equal to all they could throw at him.

Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, George Yusuff (c), Luke Goreham, Mitch McKay (Max Woolsey 85), Connor Deeks, Aarron Taylor, Kyle Ingram, Elliott Hannant (Jordan Stanton 73), Joel Watts, Connor Ingram, Ismael Fatadjo (Jay Turner 68)

Booked: Deeks 9

Goals: Watts 16; McKay 38, 56; Fatadjo 68

Kirkley & Pakefield: Hayden Rogers, Tarren Grint, Kyle Haylock, Miguel Lopez (Lewis Hammond 81), Jack Herbert (c), Lewis Flower, Cameron Brooks (Gary Williams 68), Jordan Haverson, Mikey Tacon (Dylan Blades 68), Liam Harvey-Cooper, Kyle Baker

Booked: Flower 15

Stat Attack
GorlestonKirkley & Pakefield
2Other efforts on target5
3Other efforts off target8
0Other efforts against woodwork0
2Shots blocked2
7Corners for4
3Caught offside1
10Free kicks for13
1Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

Key moments

Goal Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
Goal Mitch McKay scores for Gorleston
Goal Mitch McKay scores for Gorleston
Goal Ismael Fatadjo scores for Gorleston

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Kirkley 08/08/2017
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Kirkley 08/08/2017


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Taurean Molloy keeps a clean sheet for Gorleston
85:00 Sub On
Max Woolsey is substituted on for Gorleston
85:00 Sub Off
Mitch McKay is substituted off for Gorleston
73:00 Sub On
Jordan Stanton is substituted on for Gorleston
73:00 Sub Off
Elliott Hannant is substituted off for Gorleston
68:00 Sub Off
Ismael Fatadjo is substituted off for Gorleston
68:00 Sub On
Jay Turner is substituted on for Gorleston
68:00 Goal 0 - 4
Ismael Fatadjo scores for Gorleston
56:00 Goal 0 - 3
Mitch McKay scores for Gorleston
56:00 Missed Penalty
Connor Ingram misses a penalty for Gorleston
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 0 - 2
Mitch McKay scores for Gorleston
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
9:00 Yellow Card
Connor Deeks is yellow carded for Gorleston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kirkley & Pakefield
  • Gorleston
  • 0
  • Connor Deeks Yellow Card 9:00'
  • Joel Watts Goal 16:00'
  • Mitch McKay Goal 38:00'
  • Connor Ingram Missed Penalty 56:00'
  • Mitch McKay Goal 56:00'
  • Ismael Fatadjo Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jay Turner Sub On 68:00'
  • Ismael Fatadjo Goal 68:00'
  • Elliott Hannant Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jordan Stanton Sub On 73:00'
  • Mitch McKay Sub Off 85:00'
  • Max Woolsey Sub On 85:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Coggeshall Town 46 115
2. Felixstowe & Walton United 46 109
3. Stowmarket Town 46 103
4. Godmanchester Rovers 45 95
5. Brantham Athletic 46 87
6. Histon 46 83
7. Gorleston 46 74

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