Devonport 3 - 0 Ulverstone
It was a physically contested game without too many highlights other than the hat-trick scored by Chris McKenna. Ulverstone held out well in the first half after numerous corners and free-kicks. Kenny scored his first with an unstoppable drive just inside the far post with about 30 minutes gone. Conor Meaney did a pretty good job on McKenna in the first half despite the goal, as he at least provided a contest to put him off on most occasions. The only other event of note in the first half was when Joel Stone received his first yellow for persistant infringement.
Ulverstone came out with a bit more endeavour after the half and the contest evened up a bit, although they were unable to create any clear cut chances. McKenna's second goal came from a throw in. He outjumped 2 defenders to flick the ball into a dangerous area. The ball then came back across the face of goal where Kenny found himself unmarked to tap home an almost unguarded net. Joel Stone received his 2nd yellow after a tackle on the half way line broke down a fast break. With the Strikers 2-0 up and Ulvie reduced to ten men the game was all but over. McKenna finished of his hat-trick after he again outjumped two defenders to expertly head home a quality cross from the right.
Before the knockers start giving us the '1 man team' routine, I would say that is far from the truth. Sure, they are certainly a better team with him in it, but you would say Rangers are a better team with Hingston or Knights are better with Sessay. Devonport certainly defended well and only allowed 1 or 2 decent chances for us to score and Keep in goal dealt with these no worries. Although McDonald didn't stand out, he showed glimpses of being a class player and most other players were solid. I don't think Devonport played overly well on the day but they were better than us and got the result which, I think, reflected how the game went.