Kirkley & Pakefield well beaten by impressive Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 09:48 11 August 2017
Kirkley and Pakefield's Thurlow Nunn League season got off to a disappointing start on Tuesday evening when they were beaten 4-0 by Gorleston at Walmer Road.
Following their FA Cup defeat on Saturday the Royals knew they would be in for a tough game against their neighbours, who had won 4-2 at Stanway Rovers at the weekend.
The match opened with both teams having chances, the best of which saw a well taken Kyle Baker free-kick parried by the keeper but Michael Tacon could not take advantage of the rebound.
Gorleston centre forward Joel Watts fired the Greens into the lead in the 16th minute following a free-kick and keeper Hayden Rogers was in action in the next minute, making a good save.
Baker’s good run and centre saw Liam Harvey-Cooper head wide when in a good position and the same player had a good shot well stopped by the away keeper, who also saved well from a 30 yard Miguel Lopez shot.
The Royals’ best movement of the half came on 30 minutes when young full back Kyle Haylock advanced forward, beating three players before the keeper turned his well hit shot past the post.
On 37 minutes Gorleston increased their lead when youngster Ish Fatajdo swung a great long ball over to Connor Ingram who pushed back to Mitchell McKay to score from the edge of the area.
The second half saw an early 55th minute penalty for the Greens after a Lopez foul. Ingram stepped up to take the spot kick but Rogers in the home goal made a brilliant save.
Just two minutes later the away team did increase their lead when McKay smashed in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards for his second of the night. Gorleston added to their lead on 65 minutes when 17-year-old Fatajdo delightfully fired in from outside the area.
With a 4-0 lead Gorleston were now in cruise control but the Royals had good attempts through a shot from Harvey-Cooper and two good efforts from Williams but Molloy in the away goal was not going to be beaten.
In the closing minutes youth player Dylan Blades did shoot past him only to see his shot go just past the post.
Kirkley & Pakefield: H Rogers, T Grint, K Haylock, M Lopez (Hammond 75), J Herbert, L Flower, C Brooks (G Williams 65), J Haverson, M Tacon (D Blades 65), L Harvey-Cooper, K Baker. Unused: A Rix, C Eagleton.