Penzance moved up to fourth place in the Whirlwind Sports Trelawny League Division One table with a thumping victory over St Day in front of a big crowd at Penlee Park on Tuesday night.
Starting with five players who have featured for the first team this season, the Magpies got off to a flying start when Kizzy Snowden ran on to a long ball by Josh Whitburn to fire them ahead. Snowden had to be withdrawn injured shortly afterwards, but Penzance had plenty of other striking options, most notably Darryl Richards who added two further goals before the break. The first teamer pounced on a poor clearance to net on the quarter hour, then walked in his second goal after Joel Steel blocked the ball into his path.
St Day were unlucky to lose keeper Harvie Paramore to injury during the first half, and were comprehensively put to the sword after the break. Tyler Smith ran on to a Steel through ball to net, then Haidar Fadli volleyed home a Tyler Dayus corner. The best two goals of the night came within a minute with a little over a quarter hour remaining. Firstly Harvey Richings hooked home a delicious left-foot volley, then Steel foxed the stand-in keeper with a sublime curler from over twenty yards out.
Smith walked in his second when he punished a mix-up in the St Day defence in the 85th minute, then unselfishly turned down the opportunity of a hat-trick when he squared to better placed Richings to complete his own brace.
On a night Matt Robinson came off the bench to make his 90th appearance for the Reserves, the damage might have been worse for St Day, Fadli, Richards and Steel all having earlier strikes disallowed. But the visitors battled bravely to the end, and missed two great opportunities to bag what would have been a deserved consolation goal in injury-time.
Penzance: Adrian Murley, Josh Whitburn, Tyler Dayus, Lewis Hitchens, James Payne (captain), Josh Reeves, Tyler Smith, Kizzy Snowden, Darryl Richards, Joel Steel, Haidar Fadli. Rolling subs: Ben Reeve, Dylan Walter, Kylo Mayes, Harvey Richings, Matt Robinson
Referee: Ken Swift