Football: Mousehole beat Porthleven for seventh win of season
Porthleven 2, Mousehole 3
MOUSEHOLE maintained their 100 per cent record on Saturday with their seventh successive victory, this time against Porthleven at Gala Parc.
Wayne Quinn's side were always in the driving seat after scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes but they were pushed all the way by a Port side revitalised in the second half.
Wade Brown opened the scoring after only seven minutes when he turned in a Max Davies cross and it was 2-0 when a shot from Steve Burt deflected off a defender and looped over goalkeeper Dennis Annear's head into the net.
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Port thought they had pulled a goal back on the half hour with a shot from Jordan Annear which looked to have gone over the line before former Port full back Matt Laity could hack the ball away.
But despite loud appeals for a goal from the home side, the referee waved play on and Mousehole took their two-goal cushion into the break.
Porthleven did get got one back two minutes into the second half when a foul in the box by Wayne Quinn resulted in Tom Annear putting the penalty away,
But Mousehole restored their two-goal lead in the 70th minute when a quality move resulted in Mark Vercesi crossing for Nick Pugliese to make it 3-1.
Port got one back five minutes from time when Quinn handled in the box and Tom Annear converted his second penalty of the game.
Mousehole: D King, M Laity, C Russell, W Quinn, O Barrett, M Davies, S Burt, S Stevens, N Pugliese, M Vercesi, W Brown.
St Dennis 7, Penzance 0
NEW Magpies boss Dean Mooney suffered a managerial baptism of fire at Boscawen Park as his under-strength side succumbed to a second heavy defeat in the space of four days.
Former Hayle and Mousehole centre-half Mooney, named as successor to Falmouth-bound John Dent on Thursday night, was forced to name himself in the starting line-up with a handful of players suffering with niggling injuries.
Such was the visitors' lack of numbers, however, that three of the walking wounded were included among the substitutes.
In truth the outcome looked in little doubt from the early stages with the Saints racing into a two-goal lead, thanks to long-range strikes from left back Chris Brown (2) and Lee Rickard (6).
And with the home side afforded far too much room down the left flank it was no surprise when Rickard raced onto Dave Rickard's long ball over the top of the defence to lift the ball over the oncoming Paul Williams to make it 3-0 on 20 minutes.
Kevin Lawrence came closest to reducing the arrears when his shot struck a post, but after Ryan Hayhurst missed a gilt-edged chance to increase his side's lead when he shot wide of the target on 34 minutes, St Dennis added a fourth on the stroke of half-time.
The Magpies defence was again left sorely exposed and Kyle Friendship sent Rickard racing through to unselfishly square across the six-yard box for Mark Rowe to slot into the empty net.
To their credit the bedraggled visitors gave a much better account of themselves in a second half in which Saints custodian Brett Allen was probably the busier of the two goalkeepers.
But although the Magpies created and failed to take a number of good opportunities, with Lawrence denied by the woodwork for a second time, the home side had no such problems in front of goal.
And after Courtney Rowe made it 5-0 on the hour, he added another five minutes later from Cameron Bidgood's pass for the sixth.
Veteran player-boss Bryan Banfield then rubbed more salt into the visitors' wounds by completing the scoring with virtually the final kick of the game.
Penzance: P Williams, W Southcott, L Andrew, D Mooney, G Bell, B Wills (c), K Lawrence, S Richards, J Payne, C George, B Gadson. Subs: C Bullock (for Payne), R Andrew, L Caspell, D Cheal (not used).
Referee: Dave Harding (Plymouth).
Penzance 2, Penryn Athletic 6
JOHN Dent's final match in charge of the Magpies saw Penzance suffer their first home defeat of the season as Penryn climbed to third place in the table with a comfortable victory at Penlee Park last Wednesday.
Penryn led 4-1 at half-time thanks to an own goal from home keeper Davy Cheal and strikes from Kayne Trevaskis, Greg Hobbs and Sean Johnston, with Kevin Lawrence pulling one back for the Magpies shortly before the interval.
Dave Broglino and Matty Roberts added second half goals for the visitors, while an injury time goal from substitute Chris Bullock was all the Magpies had to show for a much improved performance after the break.