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Monroe Hat-Trick Seals Win For Firsts

Wed, 2002-03-13 00:00

The Tyne Met defence looks on as EDC players celebrate Callum Monroe's third goal of the afternoon

A hat-trick from EDC first team striker Callum Monroe helped ease the side to a 5-0 win against Tyne Met College at the Peterlee Campus.

A dominant performance from the side started early when Monroe put the team in front inside the first ten minutes.

A second first half goal was added by winger Craig Passa to extend the home sides lead.

But it wasn’t until the second half when they took complete control as Monroe tapped in his second and third goals of the afternoon to put Tyne Met out of the tie.

The rout was finished off when a long range effort from Ryan Douglas caught the keeper out to add a fifth.

The win sees Brian Honour’s men move up to fourth place in BCS North East Division One, level on points with the East Durham College Scholars side who lie in third.

EDC came into the game with a very attacking outlook and pushed forward straight from the off.

They were rewarded for their pressure just five minutes into the game when a slick passing move found its way to the feet of Monroe who slotted the ball past the keeper to give the home side the lead.

At 1-0 Tyne Met were still up for the challenge and were determined to get back on level terms. They constantly pushed looking for an equaliser but some solid defending and fantastic saves from the EDC backline kept out the onslaught from the opposition attack.

As the match reached the half hour mark EDC broke away down the left hand side and a fantastic cross into the box met Craig Passa perfectly as he slid into to stab the ball home.

The College took the solid 2-0 lead into half time but it was Tyne Met that got on the front foot at the start of the second half pressuring the EDC defence but unable to pose a real threat on goal.

EDC got back on the front foot and looked for a third goal to seal the tie and just past the hour mark they put in a quick-fire double.

A corner put deep into the box met the head of defender Hayden MacLeod who knocked it back across goal for Monroe to tap in his second of the match.

Minutes later EDC pushed back forward a long through ball met Monroe who had got beyond the Tyne Met defence before rounding the advancing keeper and rolling the ball into the empty goal.

The snow started to fall on the game in the last ten minutes but the College weren’t finished.

They continued to pressure Tyne Met and were ready to punish on any little mistakes. And midfielder Ryan Douglas did just that. He picked the ball up around thirty yards away from goal and when he spotted the keeper off his line he went for an audacious lob which found its way into the net to finish off a 5-0 win in style.

Brian Honour’s side will now get prepared to travel to Sunderland College next Wednesday, and with their renewed confidence after a fantastic performance they will be looking to keep the pressure on EDC Scholars.