Gloucester City U18s eased past title rivals Evesham United U18s 4-0 this evening and in the process moved within one win from completing a well earned league and cup double.
Striker Iredia Ochiago scored his second hattrick in four days and took his tally to 9 goals in six days as he continues the hottest of streaks in front of goal.
His first came after nine minutes when Ochiago beat Evesham keeper Dylan D’Aubrey to the ball, checked back and fired home from 18 yards.
It was a clinical finish from the big man and he showed his composure in front of goal just short of the 25 minute mark when full back Will Tunnicliff’s shot was saved. Ochiago leapt on to the loose ball and slotted it home from six yards.
Ochiago completed his hattrick in a massive sixty seconds in the match. Just after the half hour mark and Evesham carved out their best opportunity when the ball was clipped into forward Joe Vose. Vose directed the ball goalwards with the outside of his foot, only to see the ball ricochet off the post and into Alex Sukosd’s hands.
City went down the other end and after an error by D’Aubrey, Ochiago lifted the ball into the net from 18 yards. A sumptuous third for the big man.
The half time scoreline somewhat flattered City as Evesham looked promising going forward without creating an awful lot. Joe Vose in particular looked busy up front and was the most likely for the visitors.
Five minutes after the start of the second half and City completed the scoring. A neat triangle between Ochiago, Noah Smerdon and Cam Williams saw the latter played in and he fired the ball hard and low from the edge of the box and Gloucester chalked up four once again.
The second half fizzled out with City knowing the game was won. Alex Sukosd pulled off a blinding save late on. A shot from the edge of the box squirmed loose and just when Joe Vose thought he would tap home Sukosd showed great reactions to divert the ball over for a corner.
For City their best chance of a fifth came from Elliot Roberts who hammered a free kick at goal, only to see it tipped over.
Neil Mustoe and Kenny Blackburn’s men move onto the double header with Lydney Town on Wednesday night where one win or two draws will see them officially crowned as champions, although due to a now +22 goal difference over Evesham a point on the night should be enough.
Severn Sport Man Of The Match: Iredia Ochiago (Gloucester City U18s)
A reminder that the Gloucester City U18s vs Lydney Town U18s double header on Wednesday will be played at Tuffley Rovers and will be two 60 minute matches with a half an hour break in between. We have been told the first game kicks off at 7:15pm but we will confirm this on our social media pages.