White Notley 1 - 6 Catholic United
By Thomas Kearney
THREE GOALS IN EACH HALF SEND THE HOOPS THROUGH
Catholic United progressed to the third round of the Premier Cup with a comprehensive victory away to White Notley.
A brace from Jamie Salmon, along with strikes from Harley Kee, Dan Trenkel, Tom Hollingsworth & Max Kent set up a tie against Little Oakley in the next round.
Aiming to reach their fourth final in five seasons, the Hoops took the lead inside five minutes when Salmon rose above the hosts’ defence to head in.
Catholic soon doubled their advantage from the spot after captain Thomas Kearney was brought down & Kee duly converted.
For all their early dominance, & still with only a solitary clean sheet this season, the visitors would have been extremely frustrated at allowing the Essex & Suffolk Border Premier Division side a route back into the game as Marti Cullum went unmarked to head past Louis Godwin-Green.
This proved nothing more than a wake up call however as moments after Salmon smartly dispatched a Dan Trenkel knock down with the outside of his boot & into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.
Tasked with not letting up in the second half having been fuelled by cups of tea, the hosts again failed to react to a set piece early on as Salmon returned the favour from manager Trenkel to prod home.
Striker Hollingsworth then deservedly got on the scoresheet with a left footed strike high at the near post before Kent, returning to the squad, cooling slotted across goalkeeper Dean Grace to make it six.
A solid performance from the Hoops to take into next week’s match against Sandridge Rovers in the Anagram Records Trophy.
Thanks very much to White Notley for your hospitality. A club with a fine setup & we wish you all the best for the future.