Gorleston maintain bright start to season with emphatic win at Kirkley
PUBLISHED: 08:54 11 August 2017
Gorleston made it two wins from two in the league on Tuesday evening with a fine 4-0 victory at near neighbours Kirkley & Pakefield.
The Greens made one change from their opening two matches, with Isaac Burrage recovering from a knock and being replaced by Elliott Hannant.
George Yusuff was captain for the day in his final game before heading off on a scholarship in America.
The Greens began well and within two minutes Mitch McKay had brought a flying save out of Hayden Rogers.
Taurean Molloy palmed away a free-kick up the other end before Gorleston took the lead in the 16th minute.
Ismael Fatadjo robbed Kyle Baker on the right before feeding Connor Ingram who helped the ball on to Joel Watts who shot into the bottom corner for his first of the season.
McKay tried his luck from range again in the 20th minute and the fingertips of Rogers turned the ball onto the bottom of the post.
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 for it but they put that right seven minutes before the break.
Once again Fatadjo was involved, picking out Ingram on the right. He pulled the ball back to McKay who tucked the ball home.
In the 56th minute Gorleston were given a superb chance to seal the points when McKay was brought down in the box. 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 20 yards.
In the 68th minute 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 an excellent performance with his first goal for the club.
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).