St Blazey 1 - 2 Liskeard
An enormously frustrating result. Liskeard had a lot of possession but rarely looked to actually threaten the St Blazey goal throughout the first half. St Blazey created the better chances, forcing the Liskeard goalkeeper into a good save midway through the first half. Kennedy looked to cause all sorts of problems for Liskeard who struggled to deal with his running. The St Blazey goal came after Harry Eaton broke through the Liskeard midfield and smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner from about 20 yards out. Liskeard went straight up the other end from the kickoff and had the ball in the back of the net but were adjudged to have handballed just before the finish. The score was 1-0 to St Blazey at half time.
The second half began as the first had left off; Liskeard with plenty of possession but not creating any real chances. Then, in an apparent moment of madness, Dave England, clutching the ball to his chest, kicked out at a Liskeard player. The referee saw the incident, awarded a penalty to Liskeard and sent off the St Blazey goalkeeper. I couldn't really see the incident from behind the Liskeard goal but I'm told it was extremely soft. Still, don't give the referee a decision to make in the first place! Lewis Vooght duly took the gloves but couldn't stop the penalty.
The game was effectively over at this point. St Blazey, down to 10 men and with an outfield player in goal created some chances and the game was in the balance for a while, but eventually Liskeard's numerical advantage made the difference and they began to wear St Blazey down. Vooght made an excellent save at one point but Liskeard eventually got the winner and ultimately did enough after the sending off to take the three points.
This felt like three points just needlessly thrown away to a title rival. After the disappointment of Saturday's result, St Blazey have now dropped five points in their opening three games and already look quite far behind in the league table. Here's hoping for a better result against Wadebridge on Tuesday night!