Match 24
8th December 1992
Football League Trophy (Autoglass)
Torquay United (home)


It is almost certain that City will progress into the next stages of the Autoglass Trophy after this crush ing defeat of their South coast rivals and the scene is now set for the visit to Home Park on January 5th next year.

Torquay were simply swept aside and didn't have an answer to the pace and skill of winger John Hodge who gave Chris Curran a torrid time. United weren't helped by the clown-like antics of their goal keeper Jurgen Sommer who found it impossible to kick the ball with an efficiency whenever his belea guered defence was forced to pass back to him – and that was quite often.

But strangely enough it was United who had the early chances with Myers forcing Kevin Miller to save and a minute later Justin Fashanu found him self in the clear but he shot straight at the City 'keeper.

That was the last that was seen of the Torquay attack and in the 20th minute Hodge made room down the right to send in a great cross that invited Steve Moran to glance the ball home at the near post.

Eamonn Dolan twice went close to disposing Sommer as he attempted to dribble ball out of the area but it was only a matter of time before it was his undoing. Dolan challenged him once again and his hurried clearance went straight to Eamonn Collins who promptly despatched the ball back into the empty net from 30 yards.

Sommer did make two excellent saves to deny Dolan on two occasions before Hodge was pulled back by Paul Trollope as he raced into the area and Moran gratefully accepted the chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot.

Dolan should have made it 4-0 in the 70th minute but his header from six yards hit the top of the cross-bar after Hodge had once again provided the perfect cross.

But the City striker made amends five minutes later when he received Hodge's cross to shoot home first time from eight yards and although Sommer got a hand to the ball be couldn't prevent it entering the net. Five minutes from time Moran completed his first hat-trick for City when he showed brilliant close control to turn and shoot home in one movement from eight yards.

Footnote: Besides being against Argyle the game at Home Park carries the added incentive that the leaders of the group are guaranteed a home tie in the next round.



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