RGB Senior Cup and Bond Timber Junior Cup Final previews
The 2016/17season sees the second year of our third year trial of splitting the Senior and Junior Cup Finals and having the Junior Cup as a County wide competition from the 3rd Round. Thankfully the weather has been a little kinder to us this year and despite the odd frustration due to the weather, things have been much more manageable this season. Thanks must go to the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League at this point for the co-operation when these occasional issues have arisen with the Senior Cup and of course thanks to The Trelawny and Duchy Leagues for their help and support with Junior Cup Issues and re-arrangements.
Cornwall Senior Cup Sponsored by RGB Building Supplies
Bodmin Town v Saltash United
Kellaway Park, Helston Athletic
Monday 17th April
Kick Off - 2pm
Entry Fee - £6 adult £4 U16 and Concessions
For the first time ever the Senior Cup will be hosted by Helston Athletic, the club have made amazing strides with their facilities in recent years and will be superb hosts for the County.
Senior Cup holders Bodmin Town return to the Senior Cup final for the 7th time in 8 seasons to take on Saltash United. It will be the first time Saltash have appeared in the final since 2012 when ironically their opponents were Bodmin Town, that time it was Bodmin who ran out 3-2 winners.
Last season Bodmin completed the treble of Senior Cup, League Title and League Cup and enjoyed a momentous season. Despite a high turnover of players they have again re enjoying a strong season, they are currently 4th in the Peninsula League with games in hand, which if won will take them to within 3 points of the top. However their first priority will be defending the Senior Cup on Easter Monday. Whilst there have been personnel changes one constant is striker Adam Carter who again finds himself nearing 50 goals in all competitions, as a stand-alone achievement this would be fantastic but his consistency is incredible.
Saltash are also enjoying a fine season and will see silverware as the perfect way to finish the season. In the league they sit in 2nd place but are relying on leaders Tavistock to drop points to win the title. Saltash have won the Senior Cup 9 times but with the most recent success in 1993 the current team will be desperate to write themselves into the Saltash history books. Saltash also boast one of the most feared strikers in local football in Ryan Richards, another player who is approaching 50 goals in all competitions this season, in addition to this Saltash also have the meanest defence in the Peninsula league, having conceded only 25 goals in 34 games at the time of writing.
All the ingredients for a thrilling final are there, first time hosts, the defending champions, two teams who have each scored over 100 goals this season, two teams with talismanic strikers, the top two defences in the league and the Senior Cup at stake. The only question is why would you be anywhere else on Easter Monday? Even the weather forecast is good
Cornwall Junior Cup Sponsored by Bond Timber
St Stephen v St Minver
Lux Park, Liskeard Athletic
Friday April 21st
Kick Off - 7:30pm
Entry Fee - £4 Adult £2 U16 and Concessions
For the second year in a row the Cornwall Junior Cup is an all Duchy League affair as St Minver take on St Stephen at Lux Park, home of Liskeard Athletic. These two teams occupy 2nd and 3rd in the Duchy League Premier Division respectively so it should be a close competitive clash, they have yet to meet this season in the league though so we can’t look to previous games as a guide.
St Stephen won the Junior Cup in in 1996 and 1997 and would love to repeat that feat 20 years on. They came so close last year only to lose in the final and they will be desperate to go that one stage further in 2017. They are 3rd in the Duchy Premier Division and looked strong in their Semi- Final win against Pendeen, a tough, hard fought 1-0 win. With the Junior Cup the only realistic chance of silverware left to St Stephen this season you can bet they will be giving everything to secure the Junior Cup.
Ambitious St Minver are eyeing a historic season and The Junior Cup would be the 1st part of a Unique treble. Currently 2nd in The Duchy League but only 1 point behind the leaders with 6 games in hand they will be favourites to secure the title and with it the long desired promotion to the East Cornwall League, something they club have been desperate to achieve for a while, I addition to these there is also the Duchy League Knockout Cup Final on the horizon. However St Miner will not be thinking that far ahead and all their focus will be on The Junior Cup Final.
So history beckons for both teams, what will it be? Redemption for last season’s beaten finalists? The first part of a historic treble?
One thing is guaranteed and that is a great game of football, with passion and commitment, to find out the answers to the other questions then get yourself down to Lux Park on Friday 21st April