St Day spring cup shock with victory over Penzance
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Cornwall Senior Cup, third round
St Day 3, Penzance 1
St Day captain Terry Rowe heads the ball clear
St Day secured their place in the Cornwall Senior Cup quarter finals for the first time in the clubs history with a fully deserved home victory over Carlsberg SWPL Division One strugglers Penzance at Vogue Park.
And they will now travel to the winners of the Torpoint v St Austell tie in the last eight after the draw was made on Radio Cornwall.
Full draw: St Blazey v Godolphin; Wendron v Bodmin Town; Torpoint or St Austell v St Day; Launceston or St Dennis v Saltash Utd or Ludgvan.
In a match largely spoiled by a howling gale, the Cornwall Combination League title chasers were by far the hungrier side in the first half and the visitors were indebted to two penalty decisions going in their favour, the first of them after only five minutes when Mike Davies' shot looked to have been handled inside the box.
And on the quarter hour Davies looked to have been upended inside the area by Penzance defender Liam Andrew, only for St Just official Paul Windle, much to the home players' chagrin, to award a free kick on the angle of the box.
From the resulting set piece the Magpies survived another nervous moment when Davies whipped in a cross which veteran striker Dominic Pullen somehow headed away from goal from point blank range.
Pullen did much better with his next effort ten minutes later when his fierce 25-yard strike rattled the underside of the bar and rebounded into the grateful arms of Magpies keeper Paul Williams.
The Saints continued to dominate though and it was no more than they deserved when they finally broke the deadlock a minute before the break, Pullen's through ball picking out Davies who burst through to stroke the ball past the advancing Williams.
Playing with the wind in the second half Matt Harris' men took a while to get back into their stride until they were gifted a soft second goal after 55 minutes when some kamikaze defending allowed Gavin Boon to poke the ball home at the near post.
The Magpies responded positively and within three minutes Jamie Payne pulled a goal back with a neat finish from Ben Gadsdon's long ball, which heralded the visitors' best spell of the game.
With the home side now firmly on the back foot for the first time Lewis Caspell came within a whisker of levelling matters when his shot from the left of the box flew just wide of the right post with home keeper Jason Robertson well beaten.
But in an evenly fought closing ten minutes it was St Day who sealed their place in the last eight of the competition when Chris Tolley fired a shot in off the inside of the right post, much to the delight of the ebullient Harris and the home supporters.
St Day: J Robertson, M Witts, M Day, D Ellis, T Rowe (c), D Saxton, J Adlard, G Boon, C Tolley, D Pullen, M Davies. Sub: D Ford (for Ellis 64).
Penzance: P Williams; J Andrew, W Southcott, L Andrew, R Andrew, B Gadsdon, C George, J Blake, J Payne, C Bullock, L Caspell.
Referee: Paul Windle (St Just).