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Cornwall Combination League

21st March 2009

Penzance Reserves 5-3 Illogan RBL

Penzance’s victory celebrations after the match were subdued as Ian Philips had to be taken to hospital by ambulance with a suspected fractured skull.

Illogan must think Penzance are their bogey team having only lost once before this season in the league, to Penzance back in September. The game was end to end football and a great advert for the Combination League because until the final few minutes Illogan were dangerous enough to be able to snatch a point.

Within moments of the kick-off Illogan show how dangerous they are going forward. A break on the right sees a through ball reaching Andy Cowper who tries a simple flicked ball across goal and Craig Nicholls the Penzance keeper has to dive full length to flick the ball away for a corner. A couple of minutes later after some neat play in midfield a through ball sees Cowper run into the box but his 15yd shot curls round the keeper and bounces off the bottom of the upright.

Penzance break left, Ryan Andrew floats the ball over to the back of the box where Ross Badcock lets fly cross goal but his shot is just wide.

Penzance are first on the score sheet. A break down their right sees Ashley Thomas float a ball in from 35yds out which bounces high over the diving keeper into the net at the back post. 1-0 after 16mins.

Illogan reply almost immediately. They work the ball left down to the goaline, where Simon Ellis puts over a cross and Cowper has a simple tap in from 6yds at the near post. 1-1 after 20mins.

Illogan increase their lead a couple on minutes later. Adam Calloway runs through the middle and slots the ball cross goal into the net from 15yds out. 1-2 after 23mins.

By now the goals are coming thick and fast and within moments Penzance are back on level terms. Penzance get a throw on the right, the ball is lobbed over and Wade Brown, one of three unmarked players on the 6yd line nods it in high to the back of the net. 2-2 after 26mins.

Eight minutes later Illogan regain the lead when the get a corner on their left. The ball is fired over to the near post where Calloway knocks the ball into the net from 3yds out. Immediately half the Penzance defenders shout that he has handled the ball over the line but the ref allows the goal to stand with Penzance’s Darren Holsey and Liam Devine being booked for protesting. 2-3 after 34mins.

Penzance kick off push the ball through to the box where Brown is upended. The ref points to the penalty spot. Thomas steps up and sends the keeper the wrong way shooting low to the right. The game is level on 3-3 after 35mins.

Illogan’s Calloway is booked for a tackle where he seems to come off the worst.

Then Penzance get their noses in front for the second time in the match when the work the ball right. Ian Philips floats the ball into the box where Brown gets the faintest of nods to put the ball high over the keeper into the far corner. 4-3 after 41mins.

Both teams get another chance to score before the end of the half. Illogan break left, the ball is knocked into the 6yd box but Cowper flicks the ball past the back post, whilst Brown runs into the Illogan 18yd box but shoots just wide of the left hand post.

H-T

Illogan start the half with a substitution when Andy Cowper fails to take the field.

The half starts with Penzance pushing the ball around mid-field forcing Illogan to chase the ball. This is noted by their management and they make a substitution.

After dominating the half for 15mins Illogan start to push Penzance onto the back as if he Magpies are tiring but slightly against the run of play Penzance score what is the goal of the game. They work the ball to the right, break with Thomas who puts across a neat chip that wrong foots the defence, and Gary Matthews latches on from 15yds to send a rising screamer into the net giving the keeper no chance. 63mins, 5-3.

Illogan make their final substitution.

Illogan push forward forcing Penzance to defend for long periods. It is during one of their attacks that the game is held up for 30mins. Steve Hancock and Ian Philips clash heads whilst jumping for the same ball. Both players stay down. An ambulance is called as Philips is giving cause for concern. Steve gets up but Ian is taken to hospital where it is diagnosed he has a fractured skull.

When play restarts, Penzance substitute Charlie Penny for Philips and a few minutes later bring on Tom Hosking for Darren Holsey.

The game obviously is a little subdued but Illogan are deigned by Penzance keeper Craig Nicholls when he jumps high to grab a flick on header following a long ball from the left.

Illogan’s Ben Widdershoven almost gets on the score sheet for the wrong reasons when a Penzance corner fired in to the near post hits him and is deflected onto the upright and away to safety. Penzance’s Matthews is booked for a tackle.

The ref calls a halt to the match after playing a couple of minutes of overtime.

Penzance Man of the Match goes to the whole team once again. They are only team to defeat Illogan in the league this season, now twice.

Penzance – Craig Nicholls, Ian Philips, Ross Badcock, Ryan Andrew, Wade Brown, Ashley Thomas, Steve Hancock, Darren Holsey, Liam Bennett, Liam Devine, Garry Matthews

Subs – Charlie Penny (Philips 72), Tom Hosking (Holsey 78)

Corners – Penzance 6-4 Illogan (2-2 1st half)

Crowd – 76

Update – Ian Philips does have a double skull fracture but will be OK.

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I have just been told that Ian has been released from hospital but will have to go back for an operation when the swelling goes down. He has a double fracture of the skull and a broken bone between his eyes.

The sad news is that at the moment he has been told he may not be able to play again. Shame for the lad, as I have known him for a few years and although he has suffered with a few injuries, he was going to get better and better.

Ian, if you read this mate I hope the prognosis isn’t as bad as it seems and things work out.

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Over the last few games Ian has been one of the rising stars of the team. He has been getting better and better coming forward to help in attack, brave in the tackle, good at holding onto the ball or laying it off, a good team player, and a great lad to know, always says hello to me.

Lets hope he can rejoin the team for the start of next season as he is one of the many youngsters in our side if not next season then definatly the next will be good enough for the SWPL Premier.

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Guest Peppermint

Best wishes to Ian from all at Newquay Football Club for a speedy recovery and hopefully he can continue to play football for Penzance.

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