Glory for Gaon as Shirley sinks
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Blancos boss Jonathan Ison hailed Jono Gaon whose five-goal salvo lifted Blancos off the foot of the table as they crushed high-flying Shirley Park 8-3 in a goal extravaganza in west Hendon.
Further efforts from Adam Waters, James Joseph and Joel Kutner completed Blancos' third win of the campaign.
Shirley's goals came through Jason Lindsay, Adam Abrahms and Stefan Benfredj, but their promotion hopes now look in real danger
Jubilant Blancos boss Jonathan Ison told JC Sport: "Many believed we were the underdogs this week, but we knew we had the ability to win on the day.
"Jono Gaon had one of the finest performances that the famous white shirt has ever seen, with a five-goal salvo that included some unbelievable tekkers!
"We dominated from the word go, and the only shame was that we conceded a few sloppy goals.
"We are certainly in a confident mood going into our match next week against FC Team C and if we can replicate today's performance, we hope to be marching into the next round."
Shirley manager Dave Lusman lamented his injury woes. He told JC Sport: "We have too many players on the sidelines - a depleted 11-man squad and three more injuries today including are new signing Rob Abrahams.
"Once Blancos broke thought our midfield we were in big trouble as three or four of our back line pulled up with injuries at different stages of the first half and were pretty much immobile. It was a real shame.
"We switched things around midway though the second half and put the hobblers further up the field and bought our capable players back to save further embarrassment. We'll put this one behind us and hope for the best for the next coming weeks."