Cornwall FA were delighted to run the first RGB Cornwall Senior Cup final since the 2018/19 season, with reigning champions Falmouth Town overcoming 1st time finalists Wendron with the winning strike coming from Jack Bray-Evans.
Cornwall Senior Cup Final - Falmouth Town 1-0 Wendron United
- Date - Monday 18th April 2022
- Venue – Poltair Park, AFC St Austell
- Official Attendance - 1298
It was reigning Senior Cup champions Falmouth Town against first time finalists Wendron United in the 2022 RGB Cornwall Senior Cup Final. Poltair Park, home of AFC St Austell played host to the first Senior Cup final since 2019 in front of a colourful and noisy 1298 spectators. In the glorious sunshine it was Falmouth Town who lifted the famous trophy following a tight and fiercely contested game, settled by a single strike on 9 minutes from Jack Bray-Evans.
Wendron actually started quicker and could have found themselves 2-0 up after 5 minutes, Kian Thomas on the right wing causing all sorts of havoc seeing a dangerous early strike hit the bar after barely 2 minutes before blazing a shot over the bar having done all the hard work to get himself into a good position in the box.
Falmouth’s reaction was swift and two fine saves from Ethan Fearn in the Wendron goal kept the score at 0-0, first from Jack Bray-Evans and then from a powerful Luke Barner strike. The frantic opening did however produce the only goal of the game. Tim Nixon found himself on the edge of the box and played lovely ball square to Luke Barner, his shot was expertly saved by the impressive Fearn but his parry landed at the feet of the clinical Jack Bray-Evans who did what he does best, and fired home from a tight angle.
It would have been easy to assume Falmouth would take it up a gear but Wendron dug in and rode out the storm and the game settled into a pattern of lots of effort and endeavour but defences very much on top. The respective captains James Ward of Falmouth and Scott Palmer of Wendron excellently marshalling their defences. Half chances came and went for both sides, with Fearn perhaps the busier keeper but with no more goals before half time it was Falmouth who went in with the narrowest of leads.
The 2nd half followed a similar pattern to the first, tackles flying in, commitment and effort but chances at a premium. Cameron Wheat on the Wendron left caused plenty of problems but the cutting edge was lacking. Falmouth’s best chances came on the break or from set pieces. Fearn twice denying Falmouth’s Ward from corners.
As the game got stretched and tackles got a little later referee Simon Long did well to keep the game under control. Wendron pushed and pushed but even with 5 minutes of added time could not find a way through the rock solid Falmouth back line who hung on to retain The Cornwall Senior Cup.
Our thanks must go AFC St Austell and their volunteers for hosting the final and doing a tremendous job. The fans of both clubs for making it such an event, full of noise and colour, singing and chanting before, during and long after the final whistle. The four match officials whose poise and authority ensured the game was played in a competitive but fair manner.
Wendron United have come such a long way in a few short years, and are truly a club on the up, and their day will surely come, but for now, we must raise a glass to Falmouth Town, who in retaining the Senior Cup have completed a fantastic League and Cup Double and sealed promotion to the Western League.
All in all though, after such a challenging couple of years it was just good to be back!
Congratulations Falmouth Town!
Falmouth Town – 1. Ryan Barnes 2. Kirk Davies 3.Tom Moxham 4. Andreas Calleja-Stayne 5. Tom Annear 6. James Ward © 7. Luke Brabyn 8. Dave Broglino 9. Jack Bray-Evans 10. Luke Barner 11. Tim Nixon – Subs 12. Joseph Thompson 14. Alex Wharton 15. Olly Walker. 16. Jack Webber 17. Jack Bowyer
Wendron United – 1. Ethan Fearn 2. Joe Souch 3. Reece Carroll 4. Scott Palmer © 5. Fred Walter 6. Sam Young 7. Kian Thomas 8. Lucas Potts 9. Charles Young 10. Jack Stocker 11. Cameron Wheat – Subs 12. Jack Noy 14. Luke Rundle 15. Billy Stone 16. Taylor Packenas 17. Joe Chapman
- Referee – Simon Long
- Assistant Referee – Darren Winkworth
- Assistant Referee – Neil Rudkin
- 4th Official – Rowan Clarke