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Pools Enjoy Comfortable Friendly Win

12 July 2017

Jake Cassidy
Jake Cassidy

Pools enjoyed another comfortable friendly victory on Wednesday evening as they ran out 7-0 winners over Dunston UTS at the UTS Stadium.

Craig Harrison’s men eclipsed the six goals they put past Billingham Town last Thursday and continued their progress during a promising start to pre-season.

Pools were quick out of the blocks and opened the scoring on seven minutes when Rhys Oates swept the ball home from close range after good work from Padraig Amond on the right of the area.

On ten minutes it was 2-0 and it was a moment of magic from left-back Blair Adams who skipped through a couple of challenges to get in to the box and drill a low shot home.

Adams’ goal may have been good but Jack Munns topped it just after the half-hour mark when he picked up the ball just inside the Dunston half and showed great vision and technique to float a terrific long-range strike over the stranded keeper.

Ryan Donaldson drove an effort just wide from the edge of the area, while Michael Woods also sent a shot just off-target following great build-up play involving Padraig Amond and substitute Liam Travers.

Harrison’s men rounded-off a very satisfactory first half when Donaldson’s inswinging corner from the left was powerfully met by Travers at the front post and his bullet header found the top corner.

Pools made a raft of changed on the hour when nine substitutes arrived and one of them – Junior Mondal – made an instant impact, collecting Josh Hawkes’ diagonal ball and driving in to the box before being chopped down. The trialist then showed enough confidence to pick himself up and tuck home the fifth goal from the penalty spot.

Lewis Hawkins closed down the right-back deep in Dunston territory to win possession before playing a low ball in to the box to Hawkes, who jinked around his man before finishing smartly in to the bottom corner.

Seven minutes from time, Pools completed the scoring when Kenton Richardson fired a low ball in to the box from the right and Jake Cassidy forced home his first goal for the Club from close range.

It could even have got better for the big front man when he came close to doubling his tally when a low shot came back off the base of the post as Pools continued to dominate until the final whistle.

Full Time: Dunston UTS 0 Pools 7

Pools: Loach, Magnay (Richardson 60), Adams (Donnelly 60), Harrison (Nearney 60), Laing (Graham 45), Deverdics (Hawkes 60), Donaldson (Hawkins 60), Woods (Mundal), Amond (Cassidy 60), Munns (Travers 32), Oates.

Attendance: 375


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