Cornwall Sunday Cup Final Sponsored by Bluefin Insurance
Saltash Old Boys 5 - 2 Wendron United Sunday
Played at Sticker FC on Sunday 10th April 2016
On a very windy Sunday morning at Sticker's Burngullow Park it was Saltash Old Boys who won the Cornwall Sunday Cup with a display of clinical finishing in extremely difficult conditions, in fact both teams deserve praise for producing an exciting game of football.
Wendron kicked off with the wind at their backs and would have been looking to take advantage by applying early pressure, however it was Saltash Old Boys who started quickest and were 2-0 up within 3 minutes of kick off. Firstly a corner was nodded in by Tarran Hames and then quick as a flash Michael Hambly had grabbed a 2nd after calmly slotting home from 10 yards after being put clean through.
The shock of conceding 2 goals so quickly rocked Wendron who took a few minutes to settle and regain their composure, however they started to get on top and push forward to find a way back into the match. On 15 minutes they looked to have levelled but had a chance from a corner cleared off the line as Saltash desperately clung on to their 2 goal lead. As the wind grew stronger both teams really adapted well and tried to get the ball down and play good football. Wendron were on top but Saltash defended resolutely and always looked dangerous on the break.
Just before half time Wendron did find a way back into the match and the Saltash rear guard was breached as Nick Tomba broke through and after some twisting and turning in the box he fired home. With the game finely balanced the half time whistle blew.
The 2nd half was barely 5 minutes old when Saltash Old Boys increased their lead. Having won a free kick 30/35 yards out skipper Callum O'Brien stepped up and fired a left footed thunder bolt into the top right hand corner, it was a goal worthy of gracing any final. Saltash were very much on the front foot with the wind at their backs and it was soon 4-1 as a lightening quick break was finished off by Zac Griffiths, in fact it was barely 20 seconds between Wendron striker Kyle Marks hitting the bar and Saltash breaking down the other end and Griffiths finishing smartly when put through.
Wendron pressed and probed and got into some decent positions but the Saltash defence remained strong, indeed it was who Saltash added a 5th from the penalty spot as O'Brien helped himself to his 2nd of the game after Griffiths had been bought down in the box. Still Wendron pressed and did grab a last minute consolation that their efforts deserved. However the day belonged to Saltash Old Boys who claimed their first ever Sunday Cup.
As stated previously the conditions were extremely tough and both teams were a credit to their clubs for producing such a good game. Credit also must go to referee Mike Glanville who managed the game with quiet authority, ably assisted by Elliot Green and Matt Carney.
Thank you to Sticker FC for their excellent hosting of the game and to all those who braved the conditions and an early start to come and support the teams.