Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney praised his young players after watching his side seal an impressive 4-1 win over Stapenhill
Seventeen-year-old debutant Labrada Domini will take all the plaudits with a man-of-the-match display which belied his young years.
Domini had a hand in all four Holbrook goals and nearly capped off the perfect debut with a strike which was charged down late on.
A delighted Romney said: “I was really pleased for the two youngsters, Labrada Domini and Connor Bradley, who came in today and showed that they will not be overawed by the step up from reserve football.
“They both proved that if you’re good enough you’re certainly old enough. Their performances were outstanding and they can both be very proud of themselves.
“They applied themselves really well and they have a bright future ahead of them. Although Labrada and Connor will take all the plaudits, I thought overall we were worthy winners and we are now showing a run of form which will see us finish the season strongly.”
The opening goal was scored by debutant Sebastian Zeleznow on 10 minutes after Domini took a return pass from Minott and crossed to Zeleznow to finish.
Four minutes later Domini again turned provider when he created space for Craig Black to play in Isaac Minott, who showed his superior physicality to hold off the Stapenhill defender and make it 2-0.
Holbrook looked to be seeing out the game until the 76th minute when the referee adjudged that Craig black had impeded a Stapenhill forward for a penalty which was duly converted by Stapenhill’s Paul Furniss.
But the two goal margin was quickly restored three minutes later when another 17-year-old debutant, Connor Bradley, combined with Domini and Sam Ridgard to set up a close range finish for Holbrook’s leading goalscorer Isaac Minott.
It was 4-1 on 81 minutes when Niall Mather scored his 14th of the season from the penalty spot after Minott had been fouled.
Holbrook: Graves, Thompson, Black, Ross, Mather, Hazeldine, Drake (Hallsworth), Ridgard, Minott, Domini, Dodds (Zeleznow, Bradley)
Subs unused: Gregory, Green.
Holbrook man of the match: Labrada Domini.