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West Cornwall Schools - U15 Final Defeat

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Yeovil Schools U15s 2 1 West Cornwall Schools U15s

West Cornwall U15s fell at the final hurdle last week in their first ever South West Counties U15 Worrall Shield Final. The team, made up of schoolboys from secondary schools in the West of the County, had already defeated the perpetually strong Torbay and Plymouth outfits to reach the final.

The squad travelled to Street in Somerset for the final at the hosts Tannery Road ground in good spirits and started well against a Yeovil side boasting a pair of England Schoolboy twins. It was West Cornwall who had the first chance of the game when Liam Prynn (Penryn College) found himself one on one with the hosts keeper but his touch took him too close to the onrushing keeper who gathered at his feet. Playing down the slope, Yeovil failed to control West Cornwalls five man midfield and in the early stages were limited to long range shots which were comfortably dealt with by keeper Andrew Lilley (Helston College). On a slippery pitch, and with both sides looking to assert themselves, a few mistakes crept into both sides games, and it was West Cornwall who took advantage. A foul on Prynn, after a slip from a the home full back, resulted in a wicked delivery from Jack Sherlock (Mullion School) which was eventually rammed home by skipper Ryan Chinn (Falmouth School) to give the away side the lead.

Despite being behind, Yeovil continued to play good football but couldnt find a way past West Cornwalls centre back pairing of Turner Venn (Mounts Bay School) and the excellent Scott Kellow (Falmouth School).

Both sides had enjoyed few chances as the second half followed the same pattern as the first, with West Cornwalls industry across a five man midfield stunting the Yeovil attacks. Yeovil did come close to levelling the scores on 57 minutes, but Lilley thwarted them with a smart stop with his feet. At the other end Prynn had a good shout for a penalty before the game changed in five second half minutes. On 62 minutes Yeovil found their equaliser, again from a set piece. A deep corner was hung up at the back post and was met by Yeovils towering centre back and into Cornwalls net. The Cornwall players felt a foul had been committed and Venn was unfortunate to be booked for his protestations. Worse was to follow when five minutes later Venn received a second yellow card for an innocuous foul on the halfway line. Having already lost Sherlock with a shoulder injury, West Cornwall were forced to reshuffle and Sam Trevena and Sol Coppolla (both Camborne School) were introduced to stem the hosts pressure.

Indeed, both players were excellent after coming on and Trevena had a superb chance to snatch the winner with minutes remaining when put through my Prynn but his low shot found the home keepers legs and bounced away. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Cornwall actually looked the more likely to snatch a winner and it was just inches from being forthcoming. After another surge down the right by Trevena, he was clearly tripped by the home sides goalscorer leaving the referee with no alternative but to award a penalty. Jake Martin (St Ives School) - man of the match in the Semi Final win over Plymouth - stepped up only to see his right footed effort cruelly smash against the face of the crossbar and into the keepers arms.

Before Cornwall even had time to bemoan their misfortune, they were behind. A long clearance fell to Yeovils centre midfielder who fired a stunning 30 yard effort into the top corner, leaving Lilley with no chance and the visitors crest fallen. Despite a valiant effort, Cornwall couldnt find a route back into the game and had to settle for an extremely creditable runners up medal after a superb season.

Manager Jake Ash was extremely proud of his team despite the defeat. The boys were superb again today, and Im devastated for them that they havent had that bit of luck today. To think how far they have come in the past two seasons is incredible and testament to their ability. They are proof that the County has some really exciting young players coming through who are capable with competing against sides like Yeovil who have a pedigree and tradition for producing talent.

Im confident you will hear a lot more about many of these boys in the years to come he added.



Back Row (L-R): Jake Martin (St Ives), Jack Sherlock (Mullion), Ryan Chinn (Falmouth), Sol Coppolla (Camborne), Andrew Lilley (Helston), Liam Trathen (Helston), Liam Prynn (Penryn), Reece Frost (Camborne), Turner Venn (Mounts Bay)

Front Row: Phil Cattran (Mullion), Jake Coleman (Richard Lander), Sam Trevena (Camborne), Scott Kellow (Falmouth), Raven Watt (Penair), Nathan Jeffery (Pool), Connor Davy (Pool).

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