ON THE SCORESHEET it may look like a one man show with Gregory Moorhouse firing home four times in our Under 11?s clash with Stella Maris on Saturday. The true story was far from it. A first half all round team performance whitewashed their opponents. Stella Maris from the opening minute had no answer to the pace of Carey, Moorhouse, and O?Brien up front. The three Saint front runners were constantly fed quality balls from the midfield partnership of Smithers and Carroll. As early as the first minute the Saints were in front as Moorhouse rounded the keeper after 47 seconds. Goals in the 5th minute and 13th minute completed the number 9?s hatrick. Sandwiched in between was a converted penalty for Stella Maris after their number 10 was taken down in the box.The Saints won a penalty of their own in the 22nd minute which Adam Nolan-Horan slotted home. The goal of the game came with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. The work the lads have been doing on the training pitch came to the fore. Carroll played a deft ball forward to Carey who laid it back into the path of Moorehouse. Moorhouse had spun and paced past his marker to receive the ball. The centre-forward now found himself on the edge of the box and crossed with the Saints flooding the box. The ball was played behind Smithers but with remarkable skill the young midfielder pulled the ball from behind him into his stride but his shot was brilliantly blocked by a brave Stella Maris goalkeeper, however the resultant rebound was coolly despatched by O?Brien. The second half got off to a similar start as the first when Carroll?s run and shot were saved only for Moorhouse to score the rebound 53 seconds after the restart. The game was all but over but Stella Maris battled right until the end pulling 2 goals back including a last minute penalty.
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