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LC Phoenix 2 Pensilva 0

Late to the warm up, but quick to the early goal, Launceston College Phoenix edged themselves into the next round of the Launceston Cup after a fiercely contested game against current cup holders Pensilva.

The alumni team showed their growing maturity and willingness to match their opposition physically, an aspect of their game which undoubtedly helped them today.

Bradley Stokes opened the scoring early on in the game with a well directed header that looped above the Pensilva goalkeeper after some decent Phoenix pressure resulted in a free kick. Harry Marsh harried and harangued the Pensilva defence from the offset; his powerful running and willingness to take the ball beyond his markers unnerved the Pensilva defence and midfield.

With Phoenix lining up with three in midfield, they benefitted from the extra man while the Phoenix fullbacks, Adam Daw especially, contained Pensilva's wide midfielders. Nathan Cox, Jon Bye and Jake Collings were largely composed in the middle of the park where tackles came in thick and fast and, particularly in the second half, pulled the strings that tightened the noose around Pensilva's reign as cup holders.

If the first half was largely physical, Matt Brookes produced a sumptuous piece of magic to slip his marker, drive past an onrushing defender and lift the ball over the 'keeper- unfortunately the half time whistle blew just as his boot chipped the ball and the effort never counted.

Harry Marsh continued to terrorise the Pensilva defence in the second half; within minutes of the restart he found himself rushing to the wing before cutting in and slotting the ball home. With Phoenix two goals to the good, the alumni team maintained their discipline and barely allowed Pensilva a clear shot at goal. There were some Pensilva efforts but the Phoenix defence and goalkeeper, Nick Oldaker, remained focused and committed to preserving the two goal lead. Indeed, Oldaker's experience and leadership qualities allowed Phoenix to play the game at the back with confidence and poise.

It takes a lot of effort and ability to unsettle a team like Pensilva and Phoenix, at least for now, ought to be pleased with their morning's work.

The White Hart Hotel Man of the Match Award: Harry Marsh- too much for the Pensilva defence.

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Good result LCP!

We played Pensilva a couple of weeks ago. Very good side, so well done to you :)

Stoke Climbsland 3 - 6 Gunnislake.

played the last 20mins with 9men after 2 sending offs!

2 penaltys given against us. which were never penaltys. we also had a goal disallowed for hand ball (which clearly wasnt) but only the ref seen it, with no stoke players appealed.

never mind...

who has who in the next round?

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Don't know where you're from Simmo but in our neck of the woods the Launceston cup is a fine old tradition

Had many a lovely battle on a muddy wintry sunday in that competition

Never won it though - once beaten finalist and twice semi finalist

I was not knocking it, just never heard of it before.

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