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A hat-trick for Shea Brennan, each goal a shot from 20 yards or more was the highlight of another comfortable National League Alliance win for the Academy.

In attendance were a couple of Leeds United supporters who had decided to stop off en-route to their club’s FA Youth Cup game against AFC Wimbledon, who felt we had “a cracking set-up”.

And the Angels got off to a cracking start with a goal after just two minutes and added too four minutes later. The opening goal came via a Leo Vowles’ free kick on the left that found the head of skipper Joe Tyrie. Vowles was then involved in the second when he sent Josh McArthur clear to cross for Hayden Velvick to finish from close range. The goal stood despite VCD’s claims for offside which did appear to be justified.

The early goals gave the Angels momentum that they didn’t really lose until the latter stages of the game. Vowles and Velvick brought saves from the goalkeeper before a cross from the former saw Ashton Thomas arriving into space to plant a firm header home.

The first of Brennan’s rockets from 20 yards whistled past the goalkeeper after 29 minutes to make it 4-0.

In fairness to VCD, they endeavoured to keep their heads up and, on a couple of occasions brought, albeit comfortable, saves from Nat Gibb.

They also defended stoutly especially on 40 minutes when Tyrie’s header from a corner was half-saved before being cleared from the line, but there was nothing that could be done in the first minute of time added when Brennan left fly again, this time from around 25 yards into the roof of the net for a 5-0 half-time lead.

Four minutes after the restart, Velvick was sent clear by Ben Hermitage to lob the goalkeeper for his 24th goal of the season.

Jokes had been passed with Shea’s watching Dad during half-time that he needed a 30-yarder for his hat-trick, well it was not quite and it needed a bit of unfortunate goalkeeping but, after 54 minutes, his hat-trick was confirmed with another shot of 20 yards distance.

An excellent run and cross from Tom Scott-Smith allowed Will Saunders the opportunity at the far post to score the eighth and leave the Angels with a last half-hour in which the foot somewhat came off the pedal. That was duly noted by Academy manager Tommy Parkinson who commented that it had been “a solid performance with a few players missing but standards had dropped in the second half.”

Our friends from Leeds, set off for Sheppey in search of another goalfest which duly arrived in the shape of a 16-2 win for visitors Worthing, before moving on to Plough Lane for the Fourth Round tie that, doubtless, will be considerably more competitive.

Published Wednesday 1st February 2023