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Yes the road to the FA Cup Final at Wembley starts today and what better a game to go to than one of the two all-Cornish games this afternoon : St Blazey v Torpoint Athletic, both undefeated after their two opening league matches.

The games featuring Cornish sides today are:-

Saturday 14th August : 3pm

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Ilfracombe Town v Falmouth Town

Launceston v Bodmin Town

Saltash United v Bishop Sutton

St Blazey v Torpoint Athletic

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No Extra time in the F A Cup Mark-only in the F A Vase or in replays

Replay at Bickland Park Wednesday

F.A.Cup Replays(£750 prize money)

Tuesday 17th.August

Torpoint v St,Blazey

Bishop Sutton v Saltash U.

Radstock v BUckland

Wednesday.18th.August

Falmouth T.v Ilfracombe T

This will be Ilfracombe's first ever visit to Bickland Park

According to the SWPL website

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Todays big topic on Radio Cornwall was all about Danny Zallick not being in the squad of 16 for St Blazey today. How could he possibly be dropped after scoring two the previous saturday. Is he about to leave? :wacko:

Wrong!!!

Hes gone on holiday!! :drink:

The next subject was about a dead seagull in meva or somin!!

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Match kick off delayed to 3-30pm due to late arrival of officials

Ilfracombe Town 4 Falmouth Town 4 h/t 1-3 (Liam Eddy First half hat trick)

...... 0-1 Liam Eddy

15.min.0-2 Liam Eddy

18.min.1-2 Leon Taswell Heading Free Kick

45.min.1-3 Liam Eddy

51.min.2-3 Matt Downing Penalty(Ross Pope hand ball)

60.min 3-3 Darren Parish drive

68.min.3-4 Falmouth bundle in a LW corner (Ryan Fice)

77.min.4-4 James Mayne headed a free kick

Falmouth Team: Jason Chapman;Dan Green;Karl Turner;Shane White;Jamie Dirrane;Ross Pope;Liam Eddy (James Miller 60m);

Mark Vercesi(Capt);Matt Drummond;Ryan Fice(Nigel Thwaites 76m)Jonny Ludlam; subs not used Mark Hollands/Josh Sims

copied from The North Devon Journal

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St Blazey 1, Torpoint 1

Surprised that there's no reaction to this game posted as far as I can see.

A draw was probably a fair result in the end. St Blazey hit the inside of the post very early on, and then had summer signing Tom Smith sent off after about 22 minutes. The referee took an age to show the red card, deliberating with his assistant before deciding Smith had to walk. From the same skirmish, Torpoint's Brian Stacey picked up a yellow.

I'm not sure why it needed to be so long to decide, as someone said to me, showing video evidence would have been quicker! Anyway, as is quite often the case, anyone turning up late for the game wouldn't have really noticed that St Blazey were down to ten.

A few around where I was standing thought there was a good claim for a penalty when Sam Cooper went down in the Torpoint box, but a little bias me thinks. He fell over his feet!

The second half saw Torpoint have the better of the action until the last 15, when St Blazey took over and when Chris Reski stepped up to take a penalty with barely 4 minutes or so to go, the tie looked to be heading the way of the Green & Blacks. That was until his effort hit the inside of the post and bounced away from the goal!

However, a minute later they were in the lead - Sam Cooper ramming home the ball after a good block by Torpoint's 'keeper Martin Piper. Surely now the tie was settled?

But no, with about ten seconds to go Stacey shot home from about 15 yards, hitting a cross from the left into the corner of the St Blazey net, leaving the home side just about time to kick off again before referee Craig Simpson blew for full-time.

It's off to The Mill now for the replay tomorrow evening!

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St Blazey 1, Torpoint 1

Surprised that there's no reaction to this game posted as far as I can see.

A draw was probably a fair result in the end. St Blazey hit the inside of the post very early on, and then had summer signing Tom Smith sent off after about 22 minutes. The referee took an age to show the red card, deliberating with his assistant before deciding Smith had to walk. From the same skirmish, Torpoint's Brian Stacey picked up a yellow.

I'm not sure why it needed to be so long to decide, as someone said to me, showing video evidence would have been quicker! Anyway, as is quite often the case, anyone turning up late for the game wouldn't have really noticed that St Blazey were down to ten.

A few around where I was standing thought there was a good claim for a penalty when Sam Cooper went down in the Torpoint box, but a little bias me thinks. He fell over his feet!

The second half saw Torpoint have the better of the action until the last 15, when St Blazey took over and when Chris Reski stepped up to take a penalty with barely 4 minutes or so to go, the tie looked to be heading the way of the Green & Blacks. That was until his effort hit the inside of the post and bounced away from the goal!

However, a minute later they were in the lead - Sam Cooper ramming home the ball after a good block by Torpoint's 'keeper Martin Piper. Surely now the tie was settled?

But no, with about ten seconds to go Stacey shot home from about 15 yards, hitting a cross from the left into the corner of the St Blazey net, leaving the home side just about time to kick off again before referee Craig Simpson blew for full-time.

It's off to The Mill now for the replay tomorrow evening! thumbsup.gif

Just about spot on there Dave. I was expecting alot more from Torpoint and when St Blazey had 10 men you really wouldnt have known it. Im expecting alot more from them on tuesday and St Blazey will need to be just as good to win the tie. On a personal note ill be hoping St Blazey have a really good first half as ive got to leave at half time to go straight back home for a pool match. :(

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Torpoint Ath 5, St Blazey 1

Torpoint : Martin Piper, Mike Roberts, Warren Daw, Kevin Robinson, Matt David, Darren Veale, Liam Thornton, Billy Allen, Josh Grant, Brian Stacey, Darren Hicks. Subs used: Chris Todd, Lewis Daw, Luke Avis-Riordan

St Blazey : Tom Blackler, Rob Stapleton, Luke Rundle, Josh Kemp, Lee Bradd, Tom Smith, Chris Reski, Jay Isbell, Sam Cooper, David Trott, Josh Higman. Subs used: Mamsie Sabo, Will Cherrill, Lewis Ellis

After a 1-1 draw on Saturday, this replay came alive after just a minute with Torpoint going ahead through good work by Darren Hicks down the left wing, the No 11 getting past two defenders and then crossing for the alert Josh Grant to head home.

On the quarter hour Torpoint's Liam Thornton robbed St Blazey's midfielder Josh Kemp and ran 50 yards before shooting. His effort bounced up awkwardly with Blazey's goalkeeper Tom Blackler appearing to all but save with his nose!

Minutes later it was 2-0 when Thornton shot home from the edge of the box, through a packed penalty area. The chance coming after St Blazey failed to clear a long throw from Kevin Robinson. Blackler could only flap at clearing and his punch only got as far as Thornton.

There was a yellow card for Billy Allen - a mistimed tackle. Jay Isbell headed the resultant free kick wide.

Then followed a mad few minutes - Blackler clipped Grant who was all but through on goal. The touch was enough for the striker to lose possession and the ball eventually bounced towards a couple of defenders who had got behind the advanced goally. Appeals for a red card came from the Torpoint fauthful, but referee Craig Smith, after conferring with his assistant Lee Mitchell decided it was only a yellow.

However less than a minute later and Blackler was sent off as he was adjudged to have fouled an onrushing striker - "hands on the forward's neck" it was described to me as. A straight red, a penalty and a goal from Brian Stacey. 3-0 to the home side with the visitors now having midfielder Isbell in goal!

With half-time approaching Luke Rundle brought a save out of the home 'keeper Martin Piper. However there was still time for another goal before the break with Brian Stacey notching his second and the home side's fourth when he spotted Isbell off his line. The in-form striker placed the ball around the stranded makeshift goally!

Seven minutes after the start of the second half and Andrew made it five with a long distance shot. It came after a good, pacy run by Hicks at the heart of the Blazey defence. Isbell didn't move for the shot!

It was a killer blow for the visitors as the goal came after the Green and Blacks had threatened, mainly through their skipper Chris Reski.St Blazey made two substitutions - Sabo and Cherrill for Stapleton and Kemp. Torpoint's Todd came on for Allen just after the hour.

On 65 minutes Hicks should have scored when left-back Daw put him in, then Isbell made a brilliant save from Grant.

Midfielder Ellis replaced striker Cooper with Reski being pushed forward and soon after St Blazey scored their consolation goal through David Trott after 72 minutes. The midfielder rifled home after Reski's corner found him on the edge of the box. His first shot blocked, the ball bounced straight back to him who's second attempt finished up nestled in the corner of the Torpoint net!

Torpoint responed with Stacey going close as he shot across goal! Avis Riordan came on for Grant and later Hicks was replaced by Lewis Daw.

Stacey picked up a yellow - which led manager Stuart Dudley to shout out "you're an absolute idiot!" Presumably aimed at his player rather than the ref, as the man in black immediately turned and walked towards the Torpoint gaffer but did nothing else!

The last save of the match came from Piper who made a good reaction stop from Reski who touched on a Cherill near post cross.

Torpoint now await on the 28th August the winners of the Odd Down against Verwood Town replay.

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Well im glad I raced away from work, drove pretty fast to get there, and then watched another F.A cup shambles!! Nearly an 80 mile round trip, for 45 minutes of football and another Goalkeeping nightmare which left us as good as out!!! Just not good enough and Torpoint took full advantage. Certainly not helped with key players not available. :angry2:

At least the pool was more sucessful. :drink:

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