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A youthful Eagles side brushed aside the weak challenge of bottom of the table St Ippolyts to run out convincing winners on a lumpy pitch in cold conditions
Eagles got their first goal after just 10 minutes with an amazing effort by centre back ‘A J’ Taitt who seeing the home keeper well out of his goal, kicked the ball on the volley from inside his own half towards the home goal. The ball soared into air and landed plumb in the centre of the goal with the keeper left stranded!
Eagles pressed for more goals and after a shot by Charlie Thake was smothered by the keeper the second arrived a few minutes later . Louis Curtis weaved his way through the St Ipps defence and was then fouled by the keeper as he shaped to shoot The penalty was cleanly struck by Taitt- 2-0.
Thake continued to try his luck on goal and the keeper saved with his feet to prevent another goal. It was 20 minutes before the home side mustered a shot on the eagles goal, and that went high over the cross bar.
Louis Curtis broke through the home defence and scored but was adjuged to have fouled a defender. On the half hour it was 3-0 when Karl Davidson shot low and hard into the net from just inside the penalty area after good work by Curtis and Thake.. Curtis almost got the goal he deserved a few minutes later but after running through a static defence, shot just wide.
Eagles started to apply more pressure second half and after 55 minutes scored the fourth goal with a shot from Thake from 20 yards. Andrew Magadah scored the fifth goal from near the penalty spot after dribbling through the defensive cover.
St Ipps seemed to be flagging but caught Eagles defence napping on the break with an unmarked forward scoring from 10 yrds out, one of the few times the eagles keeper Voller had to touch the ball.
This caused Eagles to renew their efforts. Magadah hit the ball wide when well placed and then Owen Bentley dribbled through a porous defence, shot for goal, and had his goal bound shot deflected by the keeper on to a post and to safety.. Luke Shimell was unlucky not to score when his header was heading for the top corner of the net before the home keeper made a great save to tip the ball over the bar. However, it was soon 6-0 when Bentley collected a pass from Sam Day down the centre of the field and slotted the ball home from near the penalty spot, and as the St Ipps defence tired Shimell made it goal number 7 with a low shot into the corner of the net.