Four incredibly well taken goals by striker Iredia Ochiago saw his Gloucester City U18s side beat Kidderminster Harriers at Glevum Park this evening, meaning that the Young Tigers are now potentially two wins from the Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division title.
Ochiago kept up his productive form in front of goal after scoring two second half goals in the 4-0 win over Bromyard town on Wednesday night and took just five minutes to net twice.
His first came after Will Tunnicliff nodded down an Elliot Roberts free kick. Ochiago side stepped his man before opening his body up Thierry Henry style and side-footing the ball into the corner to break the deadlock.
Within two minutes the forward found himself in on the left hand side of the box and after his initial effort was blocked by the Kidderminster keeper, Ochiago composed himself to double his and Gloucester’s tally. The Young Tigers were flying!!
The blistering start was a surprise considering City lined up with a much changed side from Wednesday night’s game. Brad Loveridge was missing through illness, Josh Watts & Ellis McSherry were working and away respectively but the biggest miss was midfielder Noah Smerdon. Smerdon pulled out of the match just an hour before kick off after suffering a reaction to his nut allergy. However, the makeshift City line up took the task impressively well.
A quiet and well matched first half saw limited goalmouth opportunity for City after the two goals, with Shay Lyons coming closest to a third.
Into the second half and within the first sixty seconds Ochiago completed his hattrick with a truly sensational goal. After flicking the ball up over an opponent’s head on the half way line he ran towards goal whilst keeping the ball up with his head. He then controlled it on his knee before volleying from the edge of the box into the roof of the net. It was a special goal and honestly, one of the best goals I have ever seen in the flesh.
Another half of limited goalmouth action ensued until Ochiago burst through with ten minutes left. Similar to his third he powered through to the edge of the box before rifling a left footed effort into the top corner. Four superb and top drawer finishes from the young man.
It wasn’t a match that saw City create chance after chance but it was never expected to be. In the end Kidderminster were very game but just came up against a man who is in the fruitful runs of form a forward can be in.
Other than Ochiago, who obviously wins man of the match, there were solid performances from a lot of those in yellow but in particular 16 year old James Unwin & Dan King (who was captain for the evening) put in solid performances.
City look ahead now to Monday night when they host second place Evesham United at Glevum Park. Should City win that match they will need one win out of the final three matches (Lydney double header** and away to Cinderford). You can follow the Evesham game live on Severn Sport, on Monday night.
**It is interesting to note that next Wednesday night Gloucester City will be playing Lydney back to back. It is reported that they will play two sixty minute games with a half an hour break in between. If City beat Evesham on Monday then they can win the league in the first sixty minute game.
Severn Sport Man of the match: Iredia Ochiago