Whitehawk 8-1 Three Bridges
Whitehawk ran riot on Saturday after annihilating 9-man Three Bridges 8-1 at The TerraPura Ground
The game started in incredible fashion as Lucas Rodrigues ran through on goal from kickoff and was brought down outside the area by Bridges keeper Kieron Thorp and sent off after just 20 seconds, with midfielder John Lansdale going in goal for the away side. After 9 minutes the Hawks were awarded a penalty after stand-in keeper Lansdale clattered Charles Banya inside the box. A few minutes later the lead could have been doubled after a Henry Muggeridge free-kick from the goal line on the far side found Stacey Freeman who headed over.
The Hawks went 2-0 up after 20 minutes with some neat build up play seeing Rodrigues playing in Abdulla, who dinked the ball over the defender and past a helpless Lansdale. After 30 minutes the Hawks were awarded their 2nd penalty of the game after Rodrigues was obstructed in the area by Tadley Bromage. Up stepped Abdulla and his comfortably slotted home to earn a first half hat-trick, with the 3rd assist of the game from Lucas Rodrigues. Three Bridges made a rare run into the Hawks area with Mason Doughty through on goal, but James Broadbent came off his line and did what the Bridges keeper could not, dispossess the attacker and clear the ball brilliantly. On the stroke of halftime the Hawks should have made it 4-0 with Rodrigues again through on goal, but his chip went narrowly wide. Then just after going into five minutes of added time, stand-in keeper Lansdale pulled off a great save to tip a Luke Emberson header over the bar. About 30 seconds later, Whitehawk did get a deserved 4th goal with a low Marvin Hamilton free-kick from 25 yards out evading everyone and landing in the bottom corner for a 4-0 halftime lead.
After the break, the attacking intent from Whitehawk continued with Lucas Rodrigues continuing to cause Three Bridges problems and 5 minutes into the half it could have been 5-0, with a Rodrigues shot across goal going agonisingly wide of the far post. After 58th minute a 5th for Whitehawk came after Lucas Rodrigues did well to stay onside and break clear of the Bridges back line and he raced through to square across to Luke Emberson who smashed home. The chances kept coming with Ahmed Abdulla having a shot pushed wide by Lansdale and Fintan Walsh having a shot cleared off the line by the Bridges defence in quick succession. Three Bridges grabbed a goal back after 65 minutes after Nathan Crabb fired through a crowded penalty area with the shot going past an unsighted James Broadbent. Midway through the half the game started to fade out with the Hawks and Bridges seemingly comfortable to settle for a 5-1 scoreline, however that changed nine minutes from time as Rodrigues finally grabbed a deserved goal as once again he broke away of the visiting defence to finish well past an outstretched Lansdale.
The game saw it’s third penalty after 86 minutes with Lucas Rodrigues being brought down inside the box for the third time, he then got straight back up and converted for his second of the game. The action then continued as three minutes later Tadley Bromage was shown a second yellow card as Bridges went down to nine, up stepped Marvin Hamilton for the free-kick and once again he shot low and into the back of the net for his second of the game. The chances kept coming as the Hawks clearly wanted more goals with substitutes Lewis Unwin and Duane Ofori-Acheampong also wanting a piece of the action, unfortunately the already long score sheet wasn’t added more as the Hawks saw out a sensational victory.
Hawks: Broadbent, Hamilton, Banya, Kissock (Unwin 59’), Walsh, Freeman, Rodrigues, Emberson, Muggeridge © (Ofori-Acheampong 70’), Abdulla (Ovenden 81’), Martin – Subs Not Used: Waters, Zabadne
Bridges: Thorp, Williams, Hall ©, Gayler (Adekunle 82’), O’Neill, Tolfrey (Andrade 64’), Towning (Irving 72’), Crabb, Bromage, Lansdale, Doughty – Subs Not Used: Bunga, Ashley
Goals: Abdulla 11’ (pen), 20’, 30’ (pen), Hamilton 40+3’, 89’ Emberson 58’, Rodrigues 81’, 86′ (pen) (Whitehawk); Crabb 65’ (Three Bridges)
Yellow Cards: Kissock, Walsh, Abdulla (Whitehawk); Bromage (2), Hall (Three Bridges)
Red Cards: Thorp, Bromage (Three Bridges)
Hawks Man of the Match: Lucas Rodrigues