Easter Monday Round Up

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Bodieve Park, Wadebridge was the venue for this season’s Final matches of the Cornwall County FA’s Junior and Senior Cup Competitions.

CORNWALL COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

EASTER MONDAY FINALS – 2014

 

Following heavy overnight rain, the pitch was looking in excellent condition and credit must go to the ground staff of Wadebridge Town FC for all their hard work in preparing a first class playing surface.

 

Junior Cup Final

First up was the Junior Final between Helston Athletic from the Premier Division of the Trelawny League and Veryan the, unbeaten in the League, leaders of the Duchy League’s Division Four.  Cloudy conditions and a stiff breeze blowing down the pitch had developed by the time Referee Andy McKnight signalled the start of proceedings.  With the wind at their backs Veryan took the early initiative before Helston fought their way back into the game.  Bobbylee Johns gave Veryan the lead midway through the first half, following a well worked free kick and they continued to make most of the running for the first half without unduly troubling the Helston defence.  Half-time arrived with most spectators wondering whether or not the one goal advantage would be enough when playing against the wind.  Helston soon levelled matters when Will Paul’s speculative effort deceived Eliot Turner in the Veryan goal.  Helston then piled on the pressure and scored two goals in the next fifteen minutes.  This setback did not deter the Veryan lads and they pulled a goal back when Johns netted his second goal from the penalty spot.  At this point the game could have gone either way but Helston wrapped things up in time added on when Chris Reed added a further goal. 

All in all a very entertaining game for the big crowd in attendance.

Senior Cup Final

By the time Bodmin Town and AFC St. Austell were led out by Referee Lee Mitchell, to contest the Senior Final, the clouds had disappeared and the ground was bathed in sunshine. 

Playing with the wind at their backs, the early stages of the game belonged to Afc Austell.  Bodmin ‘keeper Kevin Miller had to be on his toes to repel the early onslaught but gradually Bodmin forced their way back into the game.   They were rewarded ten minutes before the interval when Chris Wright’s shot was well saved by Afc St. Austell custodian Jason Chapman, only for the rebound to fall to Lee Doel who fired the Cup Holders ahead.  Undeterred, Afc St. Austell fought back and were rewarded five minutes before the break when Jordan Dingle’s excellent shot gave Miller no chance and the equaliser arrived.  As with the Junior Final, the half-time thoughts of the majority of spectators revolved around whether Bodmin could take advantage of the wind at their backs.  However, the second half was a fairly tense affair with neither side looking like breaking the deadlock and it came as no surprise when, at the end of 90 minutes, there had been no further scoring.   As a result of a change in Competition Rules, the outcome was then decided by a penalty shoot-out, without the need for extra time first being played.  What turned out to be the decisive moment came right at the start when Johnny Ludlam’s spot-kick was saved by Chapman.  The following penalties were all successful and it was the final kick, from Afc St. Austell’s substitute Danny Nancarrow, that won the day.

Report written by Ian Anear Board and Council Member of Cornwall FA.

 

Thank You

We would like to thank Wadebidge Town FC for all their help and support to make such a fantastic day. We would also like to thank the significant media and press coverage there on the day. The Easter Monday Finals was a real celebration of grassroots football.

Congratulations

Big Congratulations to AFC St Austell winners of the Cornwall FA Senior Cup 2013/2014 and Helston Athletic winners of the Cornwall FA Junior Cup.

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