Maple Leaf Rovers 0 Corinthians SK 8

22nd November

After not being able to take their chances the previous week against Saint Michael SK and in particular Ralph Richardson found their shooting boots against Maple Leaf winning 8-0.
More changes were required by the gaffer as both SK keepers were missing along with at least 3 other first choice players. So Dec Rigby reverted to left back, Ben Watts came in at CB for his debut, Luke Ellor returned to the middle of the park along with Phil Bostock and new signing Mark Elliot started on the left in a much changed side. The flexible Mick Finn was asked to play in goal as SK were without a recognized keeper.
The game started on a heavy pitch and Maple Leaf started slightly quicker and SK were indebted to stand in keeper for the day Mick Finn when he saved well in a one on one situation. SK then started to find their feet and were looking dangerous with Ralph Richardson and debutant Mark Elliot linking well. 20 minutes into the game SK got the goal that their efforts deserved when Richardson expertly nodded Mike Hales long ball over the on rushing Maple Leaf keeper and finished well. It was credit to Maple Leaf that it was only as the first goal went in realization that they were playing with 10 men hit home! However the first goal took the wind out of Maples sails and Richardson had completed an excellent hatrick by the half hour mark. Richardson added his and SK’s 4th just before half time….. 4-0 to SK at half time.
The second half started with SK looking to add to their tally and in the 46th minute they added a 5th goal when Elliot exchanged passes with Richardson before dispatching a curling effort into the top corner from fully 25 yards…….. goal of the game?
SK now looked like scoring on every venture forward and Maple Leafs frustrations got the better of them when they had 2 players sent off later in the game. By then however Richardson had added 2 more goals to his tally (six in the game) before substitute Phil Harris got on the score sheet after some excellent team play for the final goal of the game. Full time and 8-0 to Corinthians SK.
A pleasing result for SK who are hoping to find the consistency and results that their recent football deserves

Good luck to Maple Leaf Rovers who worked hard throughout, and indeed had their moments when they hit the bar on 2 occasions. But they were let down by ill discipline from a couple of their players. I am sure that they will be a different proposition in our return fixture, when hopefully we both have full squads to choose from.

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