It was a goal scoring master class by Devonport this afternoon at Cardigan St. The appropriately named Strikers put 7 quality goals past the Sharks, who could only manage 2 in return.
Devonport dominated early but were unable to put one on the score sheet. Kieran Mulraney opened the scoring after about 25 minutes with a well taken goal past the hapless keeper. The only problem was it was his own keeper he slotted it past. Somerset's lead lasted about a minute however when Chris McKenna dispatched a 25 metre free kick into the top left corner. McKenna scored his second shortly after with a delicious volley from the edge of the box that dipped beautifully over the 'Big Deal' in goals. Mulraney made up for his earlier boo-boo when he pounced on a ball that somehow made it through a Dev player, a Shark player and the keeper and tapped it into the empty net. Bobby Eaves pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time to keep Somerset in it after his original shot was bloked. Devonport went into the break with a 3-2 lead.
Only one side came out for the second half really and it appeared that both Bobby Eaves and Chris Smith were carrying injuries. Rob McDonald showed he knew how to finish when he drove a shot from the edge of the area into the bottom right corner. McKenna finished off his hat-trick with a quality header to put the game beyond doubt. Mulraney went on to finish off his hat-trick of sorts when he finished well past an advancing keeper after it looked like his touch was going to be too strong. McDonald put the last goal in after he drove a shot from a similar spot as his first, however this time it took a deflection on the way in. Final score 7-2. Even the most one-eyed Shark supporter would have to admit they were totally outclassed today. Somerset will use the week off to rest some sore bodies and bounce back stronger after the break.
The highlight of the game was Chris McKenna's hat-trick. All three goals were from the top draw and worth the price of admission alone. Only injury will stop the McKenna juggernaut from once again taking out the leading goal scorers award for the league.