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Perranwell v Penzance Cup Match Report

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Combination League Cup Semi-Final

29th March 2009

Perranwell 2-0 Penzance Reserves

Once again for the third time this season Penzance’s youngsters found Perranwell a tough nut to crack. In perfect conditions, in front of a large crowd at Hayle’s Trevassick Park, Perranwell progressed through to the League Cup final to be played at St Day on Sunday 12th April, where they will meet Perranporth.

Penzance playing down the slope, with a slight tail wind have the first chance on goal. A long ball from Ryan Holland reaches Wade Brown who runs left to right across the box but he hooks a shot over the bar.

The next ten minutes or so becomes a midfield battle with both teams unable to break through strong defences. Then after 15mins the game is held up for an injury to Perranwell’s Scott Kinge, who after a heavy challenge falls and dislocates his shoulder. Perranwell then play on for a few minutes whilst Kinge has his shoulder popped back in and is able to return to the fray.

Both sides trade long range shots until Ross Badcock traps a ball kicked long by the Perranwell keeper. He fires in a curling shot from 35yds out on the left that beats the keeper but a defender whips in behind to clear the ball away.

On 39mins Penzance substitute Darren Holsey with Jamie Devine. From then on Perranwell dominate the rest of the half and to be truthful most of the match.

Perranwell get a long free kick on the right. The ball comes over and Mike Brewer lobs the ball high only to see it bounce off the bar. The rebound comes out and Jake Harvey makes a spectacular try at an overhead kick but misses much to the crowd’s amusement.

Perranwell break centre and Harvey and Jamie Devine both track back pulling and shoving each other but the Perranwell player manages to flick the ball past the keeper only to see the ball hit the bottom of the post.

The half is winding down when Perranwell take the lead. They get a free kick on the left. The ball is floated in and Nigel Brabyn jumps the highest to loop a header over the despairing Craig Nicholls. 45+2mins gone, 1-0 to Perranwell. The ref ends the half within moments of the restart.


The second half is fairly quiet as far as chances go. It is a few minutes old when Nicholls makes the save of the game. Perranwell break right, cross into the centre where a low header is cleared off the line to the edge of the box where Kinge fires in a high volley only to see Nicholls make a great high dive to push the ball away for a corner.

Penzance substitute Bradley Wills for Tom Hosking.

Perranwell double their lead just after the hour when they push a long ball forward on the right, where Harvey forces a defender to make a mistake. He robs the ball, runs into the box and volleys low past Nicholls to make it 2-0 after 61mins.

The post comes to Penzance’s rescue again when a long Perranwell ball sees Kinge on the left managing to turn his defender, crossing to Harvey who then hits the woodwork from 10yds with an open goal in front of him.

Both teams make substitutions, Charlie Penny for Ryan Andrew for Penzance.

The last twenty minutes of the match then becomes a dour affair with no chances of note for either team. Perranwell’s Matt Rose is booked for dissent which was confusing as the ref seemed to blow for every minor challenge but let a few major ones go.


Perranwell never looked like losing but Penzance’s youngsters are giving them a harder and harder game every time the teams meet. They must be one of the youngest teams ever to reach a League Cup semi-final. Unfortunately no-one stood out enough to award a Penzance Man of the Match award.

Penzance – Craig Nicholls, Wade Brown, Gary Matthews, Tom Hosking, Darren Holsey, Ryan Holland, Liam Devine, Liam Bennett, Ross Badcock, Ryan Andrew, Ashley Thomas

Subs – Jamie Devine (Holsey 39), Bradley Wills (Hosking 53), Charlie Penny (Andrew 77), James England

Corners – Perranwell 4-3 Penzance (0-0 1st half)

Crowd - 172

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