The Pirate Reserves have become the standout side in April, recording their third win in as many matches sealed beautifully by a Jayden Upton hat-trick.
There was no shortage of quality in the game as the Pirates raced into an early lead thanks to Shohei Misawa meeting a Joe Arman cross. It was a bullet header from the Japanese striker, now in his second season with the club. Sturt had a dangerous spell midway through the first half but the rigid partnership of Patty Henry and Alex McNeish stood firm, making two crucial tackles in the area to preserve the lead. Their efforts were rewarded by Jayden Upton at the other end who found the net, with his first of the day, when he caught out the Sturt defence with a neat finish. As soon as the second goal went in, Sturt began to fall away and fell victim to a corker of a strike from Tommy Donnelly which found the right corner of the goal from 25 yards out.
It was a welcome return to action for Patrick De Silva who has been missing through a foot fracture. He was unfortunate not to have found the net twice in as many minutes but he could be excused for being a little rusty in front of goal. However, there were no such problems for Jayden Upton whose scoring run continued when he pounced on a rebound from a De Silva strike to make it 4-0. There appeared to be no time left for Upton to find his hat-trick, but with the last kick (or rather head) of the game he secured a third goal when he glanced the ball past the desperate dive of the Sturt keeper.