A magnificent inaugural season for Newquay was capped off with a stunning victory, giving them the double over an experienced Cardiff team.
The game was a fitting send off for NHC’s David Santos, who is moving away from the area for work. ‘D’ will be missed, not just for his unbelievable shooting ability – the Santos Boom – but because he’s a top guy too.
Newquay were quick to take an early lead in their pursuit of victory. A major factor in this successful first season is their solid defence, patrolled expertly by Tristan Mullar-Forster, who captained the side on the day.
NHC’s lead steadily grew throughout the first half, though the team felt they had more to give; their hard work on the training ground was not being fully translated to the match. Going in to the break 16- 4 up, the scene was set for Newquay to rack up a big score.
The second period saw Newquay tighten up their passing, eliminating mistakes and playing quick ball to create space for each other. The result of this improvement: more goals. Every player, barring goalkeeper Geoff Muskett, has their name on the score sheet.
A 26 goal advantage for visiting Newquay is a remarkable representation of the teams progress in just one season. A great job by coach Jürgen Koenen, and a testament to the dedication from all the players.
Credit to Cardiff for hosting a good tempered and enjoyable final game. Newquay now look to June for a very exciting event – to be announced shortly, it’s going to be massive!