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Belmont see red as Wembley claim victory

Report by Blayne Treadgold

A penalty in the first minute and a controversial early send-off set the tone of the game as Wembley thrashed Belmont Villa 7-1 at Gerry Archer Reserve on Sunday in the Amateur Premier League.

Six different players recorded their names on the scoresheet for Wembley as the flood gates opened following a straight red card shown to Belmont’s Darrell Gibney.

Belmont Coach, Kevin Mulgrew expressed his disappointment towards his team’s performance.

“I thought we were dominant in the first 25 minutes but the (red card) decision changed the dynamics of the game and we lost control from there,” he said.

Wembley coach Colm Costello was delighted with his side’s dominant display.

“I’m delighted, it’s hard to say too much about a 7-1 win,” he said.

“It’s really good to come here and get three points.

“Belmont are a good side…but once they had their player sent off they were always going to be on the back foot.”

Players and spectators barely had time to blink as the referee awarded a spot kick to Wembley just 35 seconds into the game after Mark King was brought down in the box, which resulted in an Ian Cleary goal.

Just minutes later, King got his own name on the scoresheet as Gavin Walsh got on the end of a through ball which was played back to King who finished neatly past Belmont keeper, Stephen Szklanka.

Belmont hit back through Darren Gamble who got on the end of a Patrick Barry cut back to make it 2-1.

Gamble went close to levelling the score just minutes later with a stinging strike which brought the best out of Wembley keeper Niall McCarthy, who managed to tip the ball over the bar.

It was all Wembley from there as Gibney was sent off in the 22nd minute for his tackle on Wembley’s Stephen Geoghegen.

Wembley made the most of the numerical advantage with Walsh and Geoghegen adding goals of their own to head into half-time at 4-1.

The goals continued in the second half with Wembley adding another three to see out the match with a comprehensive 7-1 victory.