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Duchy League fixtures - Saturday April 29 2017

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Premier Division    
Callington Town    1-4    St Minver          
Torpoint Athletic    2-2    North Petherwin           
Division One    
Gunnislake    2-1    Grampound          
St Dennis    5-0    St Dominick          
St Mawgan    0-3    Holywell/Cubert Athletic          
Division Two    
Boscastle    HWO    Lifton (unable to raise a team)         
St Merryn    3-2    Mevagissey    
Tregrehan Mills    2-3    North Hill         
Division Three    
Grampound Reserves    3-6    Stoke Climsland          
Division Four    
St Dennis Reserves    HWO    Rame Peninsula    (unable to raise a team)     
Division Five    
Lostwithiel Reserves    1-1    Liskeard Athletic          
Polperro    no result    Boscastle Reserves

JJ Jones Duchy Football League

St Minver added the Premier Division title to their Junior Cup success with a 4-1 victory over Callington Town and now wait for the chance to complete a treble on Monday when they play St Dennis in the final of the KO Cup. Robbie Green had an early goal disallowed and the first half was quite frustrating for the champions elect until Green finally opened the scoring in the last minute of the half. Shortly after the restart Ed Green doubled the lead but frustration returned when Ben Beesley missed a penalty. Callington then pulled a goal back with a fine goal from Corey Freeman but another penalty award eased St Minver’s nerves with Ryan Pooley despatching the spot kick into the net. The title was secured ten minutes from time when Will George scored the fourth with a rebound after the ball hit the woodwork. St Minver played out the remaining minutes to claim the crown and guaranteed promotion to the East Cornwall Premier League. Callington after a disastrous season on the field showed their class by forming a guard of honour to applaud the new champions off the field. 

Torpoint Athletic still harbour hopes of claiming runners up but a two all home draw against North Petherwin will not help their cause. Dave Lorimer gave them the lead but two goals from North Petherwin threatened to scupper their hopes. Torpoint were awarded a last minute penalty with Mike Roberts converting for the equaliser. 

After a third win in five days St Dennis require just one more win to clinch the Division One title. Tired legs and the prospect of risking injury just two days away from the knock out cup final threatened this match to be a possible banana skin. However, St Dennis has lost just once this season in all competitions and they put all possible doubts out of their mind as they cruised to a 5-0 win. Scott Hill scored a brace with Dave Rickard, Scott Brown and Jordi Willmott adding a goal apiece. 

Grampound will have to win both their final games to avoid relegation after losing 2-1 at Gunnislake. Ryan James and Mike Bluett scored for Gunnislake with Martin Lloyd getting the Grampound goal.

St Mawgan’s fine season ended on a sour note with a 3-0 home defeat to Holywell/Cubert Athletic. Lee Mann scored a brace with Ash Williams getting the other goal. 

The second promotion place in Division Two will go to the last game. Boscastle picked up three points when Lifton were unable to raise a side. They now need to win their final game at home to Tregrehan Mills to secure the promotion place. 

North Hill currently sit second one point ahead of Boscastle but with a far better goal difference. Their final game at Tregrehan Mills was won 3-2 as they posted the target their North Coast rivals will need to pass. The home side gifted North Hill two early goals. A clumsy challenge in the box allowed the chance for Sam Smith to score a 5th minute penalty and five minutes later the home keeper spilled the ball allowing Smith to score his second. Smith then completed his hat trick to put North Hill well clear. Lee Thomas pulled a goal back in the 37th minute for Mills and Thomas bundled in his second on the hour. Mills dominated the rest of the game but were unable to force an equaliser. 

Mevagissey fought very hard at St Merryn, leading twice before falling to a 3-2 defeat, which means they will have to win their final game to avoid relegation. This was a poor game not helped by a strong wind. Ryan Morcom put Mevagissey ahead but Kev Allen restored parity. Morcom restored the visitors lead before a spectacular strike from Kelvin Hayes from thirty yards levelled the match for a second time. With Mevagissey trying to cling on for a crucial point Allen hit a late winner for St Merryn. 

Stoke Climsland finished their season in Division Three with a 6-3 win at Grampound reserves. The first half was fairly equal but Stoke converted two of their chances while Grampound didn’t. Stoke added a third at the start of the second half before Leon Trudgeon pulled a goal back after a through ball from Declan Morris. Stoke conceded an own goal and were under pressure with the hosts pushing forward before the visitors rallied to score their fourth. Mike Bawden pulled it back to 3-4 with a good goal but with Grampound searching for an equaliser Stoke hit them with two late goals. The visitor’s goals came from Luke Turner (2), Mike Norman (2), William Swales and Jack Ewington. 

Liskeard Athletic will have to win their last two games in Division Five to deny St Eval Spitfires the second promotion place after Lamerton Community secured the title in midweek when Liskeard lost at Polperro. Liskeard drew one all at Lostwithiel reserves to keep their hopes alive but are very much up against it now. Orson De Rijke Thomas opened the scoring for Liskeard but Liam Rooney scored a late equaliser for Lostwithiel.


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Callington Town 1-4 St Minver

Callington formed a guard of honour at the start of the game for the Junior Cup winners, and repeated this  at the the conclusion of this game, as St Minver clinched the Duchy Premier title.

It took St Minver until a minute before half time to take the lead, the lead was doubled from a corner just after half time. Callington showed their battling spirit by pulling a goal back, and the young Callington keeper ( who looks to have a great future) saved a penalty. St Minver scored twice more, one another penalty, to deservedly win the game.

St Minver played very well in the second half, on a blustery day.

St Minver I assume will take their rightful place in the East Cornwall League, and well done to them for sticking with it ( I thought they were messed around a bit last close season personally, after finishing Duchy runners up last year)

I think I am right in saying that Callington Town were able to enter the ECPL in the early 1990's when St Minver pulled out, so a nice bit of symmetry today

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Duchy Five

Lostwithiel Reserves 1 - 1 Liskeard Athletic

Liskeard opened the game brightly with  Orson De Rijke-Thomas giving them the lead after 5 minutes but Lostwithiel settled down and had their fair share of the play but couldn't level matters before the break,

There was little between the sides in the second half, Liskeard probably more skillful, Lostwithiel put in the extra effort and In the dying stages Liam Rooney equalised.

Liskeard now need maximum points from their remaining two games to grab the runners-up spot. 

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St Dennis 5 st dom 0

no 1st teamers today just us duchy players n we managed 5 without reply,st dom did hit the woodwork a couple of times but other than that it was 1 way traffic,3 clean sheets on the bounce is always nice hopefully carry it on on mon night against st minver!

game was played in a good manner n hopefully enjoyable for the 3 people in the stand coupled up with the 10 boozers outside the club house,all the best to st dom next season


Congrats to all at st minver on winning the league,great achievement!

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Congratulations to St Minver on becoming Champions, Today at Callington the sun shone a gusty wind and firm pitch all the makings for a good game. Callington gave it a good go this afternoon and made St Minver work for their win , the Callington keeper was inspired and for such a young lad looked as if he has a very good future . I really enjoyed refereeing both sides today , and as always was treated with utmost respect from two outstanding and friendly clubs, special thanks to the two club linesmen today as they were top drawer, club linesmen sometimes don't get praised enough. Thank you to Callington for making me feel welcome as always. Congrats again to St Minver and good luck Monday, and well done to Callington and good luck to both clubs for the rest of and next season . It was a honour and pleasure to officiate you both today . Ian

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15 hours ago, LeeRicks9 said:

Come on green machine, one win against veryan on Wednesday will clinch title, you boys have deserved it, great bunch of lads, and hopefully go the whole league campaign unbeaten. 

Great win ????

Hope you guys can win the cup on Monday first then beat a Veryan side thats had everything there own way in recent years. With the set up you guys have now and the committed people around the club would be good to see the second team rise up to East Cornwall and back the first team.

My money is on Dave Grose to score a screamer and win the cup Monday ??

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Thanks to everyone for all the kind words we have received recently for our Junior Cup and League title successes.  I have got to say a massive thank you to Callington Town who were absolute class towards us yesterday.

Knowing it was potentially a big day for us they put the match on the main pitch, which was looking fantastic.  They then proceeded to provide a guard of honour for us as we came on to the pitch for winning the Junior Cup and after the game for winning the League.

I had a great chat with committee members from Callington afterwards (some of who I had played against many years before) and it was so nice to see a club doing things the right way (as I love how Callington have developed from their old Duchy days) and the respect they had in return for us was very touching.

Football respect is not dead and thanks again for all the touching kind words we have received.

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