An early four goal blast from Sam Buckley, including a hat-trick in less than ten minutes, helped propel Penzance to an eye-catching win over St Agnes at Penlee Park on Tuesday night.
The Magpies, thanks to a Darryl Richards shot threaded through a forest of legs following a corner, were already ahead before Buckley began his demolition job in the 7th minute, turning in a Silas Sullivan centre from the left. The young striker doubled his account six minutes later with another tidy finish, before completing his hat-trick with an easy tap-in after great work down the right by Kizzy Snowden.
Buckley then returned the favour with a fabulous pass releasing Snowden to skip around goalkeeper George Hawkins and slide the ball home, before completing his own tally by smashing home a Richards pass in the 26th minute. Sullivan then added a seventh, with only just over half an hour played.
St Agnes reduced the arrears in the 32nd minute when Kian Fisher smashed in a powerful cross from wide on the right that keeper Mikey Flores and right-back Archie Reynolds, under pressure from a forward, were unable to prevent trickling in at the far post.
Kam Collins donned the goallie’s gloves for the second half, Max Everard coming on to take his place in midfield, and pulled off three excellent saves as Aggie enjoyed a vastly improved second period.
That was the first of a series of second half substitutions made by the Magpies, so unsurprisingly the scoring rate slowed. Just before being replaced by Alfie Turner, Kevin Lawrence forced Hawkins into an excellent save with a well-placed free-kick.
The eighth finally arrived in the 65th minute when Snowden was tripped when in on goal, and referee Neil Rudkin pointed to the spot. Joe Gordon, just on for Sullivan, tucked home the penalty, and was also instrumental in the final two goals.
Picking up the ball deep in his own half, the 16 year-old midfielder wowed the grandstand with an exhilarating burst down the touchline in front of them before feeding an accurate pass to Buckley who in turn laid the ball into the path of Jacob Trudgeon. The striker, not long on for Richards, fired high into the roof of the net for the goal of the game.
The tenth was considerably messier. A cross from Gordon crashed against an unlucky defender and looped over wrong-footed keeper Hawkins to conclude a third consecutive pre-season win for Penzance.
Penzance: Mikey Flores (Max Everard 46), Archie Reynolds, Cameron McCabe, Tyler Tonkin (Jordan Daniell 46), Ryan Andrew, Kevin Lawrence (Alfie Turner 61), Kam Collins, Silas Sullivan (Joe Gordon 56), Darryl Richards (Jacob Trudgeon 53), Sam Buckley, Kizzy Snowden (Robertas Samnauskas 65)