KJM SPORT MATCH REPORT St Austell 1 St Blazey 5

SWPL logoHome is where the heart is and it is certainly where the money went for two grateful South West Peninsula League clubs hosting Christmas derbies.

A crowd of 531 eventually got into Poltair Park to watch AFC St Austell take on St Blazey in the traditional Boxing Day clash.

And a day later Godolphin Atlantic attracted an attendance of 320 as Newquay made the short trip across town.

But that’s where the good news ended for the home teams, who were both well beaten out on the football pitches.

There were still 100 or so supporters queuing to get in when Liam Eddy fired St Blazey ahead in the second minute at Poltair.

But everybody was in the ground to witness the Green & Blacks, featuring a number of former St Austell stars, steamroll their neighbours into submission.

As manager Phil Lafferty, returning to the scene of his SWPL title success of 2015, said later: “How we were not 4-0 up after 20 minutes I will never know.”

They were 2-0 up, courtesy of Joe Cooper, and although Leo Best got one back for the Lillywhites, Callum McGhee restored Blazey’s two-goal cushion on the stroke of half-time.

Eddy, who scored goals for fun in the Lillywhites’ hey days, underlined that he’s still a deadly finisher as he claimed, quite rightly, he got the final touch for the fourth goal despite Jed Smale’s insistence that it was his goal.

And who should complete the misery for the home crowd but Martin Giles, who was one of St Austell’s star performers when they progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Vase six years ago.

There was ‘Giler’ rising to head in a corner to make it 5-1.

St Austell: B Allen, K England, Z Smith-Brokenshire, B Thomas, H Hann (Z O’Connor), K Powell, K Barrett (L Dingle), J Hooper (A Dingle), J Penrose, L Best, C Bidgood.

Sub not used: S Wheatley.

Goal: L Best (39).

St Blazey: J Chapman, W Tinsley, I Burden, J Dingle, M Giles, J Cooper, R Jarvis (J Smale 60), O Brokenshire, L Eddy (R Ward 77), C McGhee, K Marks (C Reski 68).

Subs not used: O Rosevear, H Gregory.

Goals: L Eddy 2 (2 & 74), J Cooper (16), C McGhee (45), M Gilles (76).

Referee: Ryan Cornelius.

Attendance: 531.

SWSN Stars - St Austell B Allen St Blazey J Dingle

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