Rhys Moseley was once again the star man for the Year 9 Football Team with four superb goals in an incredible extra-time South Devon Cup semi-final victory over Newton Abbot.
His early driving run and crisp shot was saved well by the goalkeeper allowing Jamie Hooper to pounce on the rebound and put Paignton ahead, but the lead was cancelled out just before the half-time break following a defensive mix-up.
Newton Abbot began the second half strongly and quickly surged into a seemingly unassailable 4-1 lead as confusion reigned amongst a beleaguered Paignton rearguard and dreams of defending their South Devon title for a second season were fading fast, before Moseley began his mercy mission with just 10 minutes remaining of normal time.
His first strike restored a glimmer of hope, before he then turned provider, setting up the opportunity for Dejay Bolton to claw the score back to 3-4.
However, the best was saved until last as, with literally seconds remaining and having beaten several Newton Abbot defenders, he unleashed an unstoppable 30 yard thunderbolt which screamed into the top corner to take an unbelievable cup tie into extra-time!
Paignton now believed they could achieve once more and after early pressure in the opening period of added time, the mecurial Moseley completed his hattrick with yet another breathtaking, long-range pile-driver, which flew past the hapless Newton Abbot keeper.
As time ticked away, the visitors threw caution to the wind but, despite pressure from a string of late free-kicks, throw-ins and corners, the home defence stood firm and Moseley signed off an outstanding personal performance in style by gathering a clearance, racing the length of the pitch, rounding the keeper and tapping home his fourth and final goal, sending Paignton through to their third consecutive South Devon Cup Final!
Huge congratulations to all of the squad for their resilience, team spirit and never-say-die attitude.
See you in the Final!
Mr Power, PE Teacher