Seagulls denied victory in historic first league game

Seagulls denied victory in historic first league game

Clockwise from top: Callam McOnie (right) was a second-half substitute for Mousehole; Josh Magin celebrates scoring the Seagulls’ third goal; Hayden Turner (right) provides the cross for Magin’s strike PICTURES: MATT FRIDAY

4th August 2021

By Matt Friday

Jake Quick’s late strike denied Mousehole three points in their first-ever Western League match on Saturday as the Seagulls were held to an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Wellington.

Miles Quick gave the Tangerines the lead at Trungle Parc midway through the first half before Steve Burt levelled almost instantly for the hosts, with history repeating itself shortly before the break as Jake Quick restored the visitors’ advantage, only for Jamie Devine to restore parity immediately.

Mousehole got their noses in front for the first time early in the second half through Josh Magin, but Jake Quick’s second strike in the 90th minute rescued a point for the Somerset side.

There was an air of excitement around Trungle Parc as the west Cornwall ground hosted step five football for the very first time, but it was the visitors who were the first to cheer in the 25th minute.

It was a moment to forget for Mousehole ‘keeper Cory Harvey, whose clearance fell straight to Miles Quick 30 yards from goal, and the Wellington man proceeded to return the ball over the stranded gloveman’s head. But the Seagulls were quick to respond through a moment of individual brilliance from Burt, who lashed the ball into the top corner of Connor Sidley- Adams goal from the edge of the box.

The teams appeared to be heading to the interval all square until a defensive slip gifted possession to the Tangerines in dangerous territory. Rohan Poulsom smartly shifted the ball inside to Jack Quick, who curled it past Harvey from 18 yards.

There was time for another twist before the break, however, as the hosts instantly hauled themselves level once again. Mousehole won a corner, which was guided home at the back post by Devine.

Rejuvenated by that equaliser and some strong words at half-time from manager Jake Ash, the home side flew out of the traps in the second period and soon got their reward.

Hayden Turner strode down the left flank and sent in a low cross to the near post, where Magin was waiting to fire the ball home. That started a period of dominance for the Cornish club, with a one-two between Andy Elcock and Turner allowing the former acres of space to cannon his shot off the upright, before Turner did the same a few minutes later.

Wellington stemmed the flow with a golden chance of their own, with Sam Towler’s header beaten away by Harvey from point-blank range.

The introduction of new signing Callam McOnie for his debut offered fresh impetus for the hosts, with the winger driving one effort across goal before coming close with a howitzer from the edge of the penalty area.

The inability to convert one of those chances proved to be decisive, when Jack Bown- Porter’s long throw in the final minute of the 90 was met by Jake Quick, who kept his cool to slot past Harvey and rescue a share of the spoils.