Muratti holders Guernsey scored 3 goals in the opening 25 minutes as they ran out 4-0 winners at plucky Alderney in the semi final today.
|Guernsey FC defender Mackay scored the 2nd|
Alderney made a positive start to the game and in the 9th minute Ross Benfield forced a save from Tom Creed, who was making his debut.
However in the 11th minute the visitors took the lead when Guernsey FC midfielder Tom de la Mare fired beyond Jamie Leband.
Guernsey kept up the pressure and in the 18th minute they doubled their lead as Angus Mackay took advantage of some slack defending.
With the visitors cruising Leband was forced into some smart saves. However with 25 minutes on the clock it was 3 when defender Tom Martin, making his international debut, finished coolly.
The windy conditions were having an effect on play and despite some further Guernsey pressure it was 3-0 at the break.
It took the Muratti holders 9 minutes to add another goal in the second half. Belgrave striker Craig Young, who has scored in Guernsey’s last 2 Muratti games, made it 4-0 with a fine solo goal.
The relentless attacks continued and Mackay saw his effort splendidly tipped over by Leaband in the 69th minute before Dave Rihoy shaved the bar with 14 minutes to go.
Despite the permanent pressure Alderney held out for a respectable defeat, their best Muratti effort since 2010 and a best result against Guernsey since 2007.
The holders will travel to Jersey in May for the final. For Alderney a meeting with Sealand over the summer is likely.
Match information -
Score: Alderney 0 – 4 Guernsey
Goals: Tom de la Mare 11’, Angus Mackay 18’, Tom Martin 25’ Craig Young 54’
Alderney XI: Leband; Aldcroft, Foster, Vizard, Conancen, Atkins; Johns [Lawrence 71’], Benfield [Olliver 58’], McCormack; Stretton [Blackham 66’]; McCulloch.
Guernsey XI: Creed; D Martin [Larkin 59’], Mackay, Geall, T Martin; de la Mare, Bourgaize, Marley; Pereira, Young, Rihoy.