Five goal winning margins and hat-tricks have been the norm at Borough Park this week and anything the seniors can do, the juniors can do better.
Reds romped into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup after the most emphatic of derby victories with Penrith swept aside by an avalanche of goals in the last fifteen minutes.
Although Reds controlled the first half and turned round three goals to the good, they were second best for the opening twenty five minutes of the second as the Blues threatened a comeback.
The hosts had been harshly reduced to ten men after fifty nine minutes when Brad Harrison conceded a penalty and was shown a red card for not making a genuine attempt to play the ball.
Nathan Hankinson converted the spot-kick in style and the outcome was briefly in the balance.
But a wonder goal from Luke Ivison revived Reds’ fortunes and the visitors collapsed in the later stages.
And what an incredible week it has been for Ivison. After celebrating his 18th birthday, he has captained the reserves, the first team and, now, the youth team in seven amazing days scoring for the latter two in the process.
But as outstanding as he was in this game there were several other heroes in red.
Joe Curwen, Reuben Butterworth, Eli Demetriou and Louis Pickering were all outstanding as was Leon Dmytrowski who bagged a hat-trick.
It was the latter who opened the scoring, heading home at the far post after meeting Ivison’s deep corner in the twenty-seventh minute.
But if that was a conventional goal, the second after, thirty-two minutes, was anything but. Ciaran Poultney was doing his ‘closing down’ duties and a block on the defender’s clearance looped up and over stranded goalkeeper, Kyle Strand, and nestled in the net for a somewhat fortunate goal.
The visitors’ best chance of the half saw Connor Gregory-Dorsey’s header saved by Aaron Carter at the foot of the post after Luke Hunter’s corner
Dmytrowski’s superb diagonal pass led to Reds’ third goal with Louis Pickering tripped in the box by Ben Rebanks and the referee pointed to the spot.
Tom Houghton converted the penalty to make it 3-0 at the interval.
Penrith resumed in a more positive frame of mind and had the ball in the net five minutes after the restart only to have it disallowed for offside.
But they were back in the game on the hour, reducing the arrears via Hankinson’s sweetly taken penalty.
With Penrith having their best spell of the game, Ivison’s brilliant seventy-sixth minute solo goal swung the tie back in Reds’ favour. He glided past two defenders and finished superbly to take the wind out of Penrith’s sails.
Ninety seconds later it was all over as Dmytrowski netted his second, Reds fifth, of the night as the ten men finished the stronger.
Luke Lewis got in on the act, meeting Pickering’s superb cross to head home the sixth, after eighty-four minutes, and Penrith just didn’t know what had hit them.
There was still time for Dmytrowski to complete his hat-trick, albeit after a goalkeeping error from Strand. He failed to deal with a routine cross, gifting Dmytrowski with his third, Reds seventh.
Amr Gaith was denied a goal by another Carter saved but Penrith did score a superb consolation effort in the last minute. Nathan Lee controlled the ball on his chest, turned in one movement and sent the ball into the corner of the net for the ninth and final goal of an entertaining evening.
Workington: Carter, Howarth( Hoggarth, 50), Curwen (Grant, 75), Butterworth, Harrison, Demetriou, Pickering, Ivison, Houghton (Lewis, 62), Poultney, Dmytrowski. Substitutes – Williamson, Durham Scott (not used).
Penrith: Strand, Thwaites, Rebanks, Metcalfe, Taylor, Hunter, Vickers, Lee N, Gregory-Dorsey, Lee G (Gaith, 52), Hankinson. Substitute – Akrigg (not used).
Referee: Bernard Law, Kirkby Stephen
Bookings: Curwen (Workington), Rebanks (Penrith)
Red card: Harrison (Workington)