England nets late winner as Magpies taste victory at last
Porthleven 1, Penzance 2 (after extra-time)
PENZANCE picked up their first win of the season at the ninth attempt as substitute Jimmy England's extra-time winner ensured Magpies boss John Dent a sweet victory on his return to former club Porthleven on Saturday.
Porthleven were playing their first match under new manager former Penzance keeper Denis Annear and the Fishermen were rewarded for a bright start when a superb through ball from Keegan McPhilbin picked out striker Matt Dawson, who burst through to beat ex-Port keeper Paul Williams with an assured finish from the edge of the box after only ten minutes.
But from then on it was the visitors who fashioned the better opportunities with Liam Andrew and Callum George both going close before full back James Oakley saw his 25-yard shot helped onto the bar by home keeper Tom Collins.
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Penzance continued to push for a deserved equaliser in the second half which finally arrived in the 74th minute when substitute Bryn Wheeler marked his return to Magpies colours by threading a ball through for George whose shot into the top left corner gave Collins no chance.
However, it was Porthleven who came closest to settling the tie in normal time when Dan Greet's fiercely struck long-range effort was well tipped over by Williams.
Scoring chances were at a premium during the extra half-hour, with the decisive goal coming with the final kick of the first period of extra time when Porthleven substitute Shaun Halford was adjudged to have handled on the edge of the area and England curled in a free-kick past keeper Collins.
The victory ended the Magpies run of eight successive defeats and earned Dent's men a home second round tie with another of his old clubs Falmouth Town, to be played on Friday October 19.
Penzance, who were due to host St Blazey last night, travel to Camelford on Saturday (3pm).
Porthleven: T Collins, R Wara, J Shainberg, K McPhilbin, D Robertson, D Batchelor (c), D Greet, C Autie, M Dawson, F Williams, C Prout. Subs (all used): J Annear, S Halford, S Allen.
Penzance: P Williams, J Oakley, M Best, R Andrew, D Mooney (c), D Rawlings, J Coleman, L Andrew, J Blake, C George, H Corin. Subs: B Wheeler (for Blake) J England (for R Andrew).
Referee: Simon Berryman (Hayle).
Hayle 2, St Blazey 0
HAYLE produced one of the shocks of the round to knock premier division high-flyers St Blazey out of the Throgmorton Cup on Saturday.
Anthony Reynolds' men have enjoyed a good start to the division one west campaign.
But after the disappointment of losing 4-1 at Wadebridge Town last Tuesday, Hayle bounced back in style at the weekend and can now look forward to a second round tie at home to Penryn Athletic on October 20.
Two goals early in the second half were enough to seal Hayle's place in the next round, having defended so well in a goalless first half.
Ross Duncan opened the scoring, at the second attempt, after his first shot was saved.
And Duncan claimed his second of the game when he latched on to Nick Pugliese's pass before firing into the bottom corner.
Hayle are at home to Wadebridge on Saturday (3pm).
Mousehole 1, Penryn Ath 2
A SPLENDID performance from 16-year-old Mousehole keeper Mickey Flores wasn't quite enough to prevent Penryn Athletic clinching their place in the second round as two goals from Pat Shaughnessy sealed a 2-1 win at Trungle Parc.
Penryn led after 20 minutes when Shaughnessy made no mistake to beat keeper Flores.
The striker added a second with the aid of a deflection, before Mousehole pulled a goal back in the second half through Anthony Nicholas.
Mousehole return to league action on Saturday at home to St Dennis (3pm).
CORNWALL'S County Youth footballers get their season under way on Saturday against old enemies Devon at Wadebridge Town's Bodieve Park ground (2.30pm).
The U18s squad was announced on Monday morning ahead of the opening game of the South West Counties Youth Championship.
Tommy Matthews, beginning his tenth season as Cornwall County coach, has picked a strong squad of 16, with nine of last year's players included.
The selection process began in August, in the form of two initial trials (East and West), before a decision on the final 16 was made following an East versus West game, held at Brannel School in St Stephen.
Matthews said: "Devon are always strong, they're well organised and managed well.
"It's a local derby and these games are always hard fought, but at the same time are played in the right way.
"One advantage Devon do have is that many of their players have had experience at professional clubs, with three in the county, whereas we have none.
"We have many excellent players down here and having coached the county youth for the last ten years, nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing these young lads coming through."
Matthews' appetite for county youth football is as strong now as it was when he took over a decade ago. He said: "I really enjoy it, and after playing for the county myself all those years ago, I feel like I'm giving something back.
"It's an important position, but really rewarding when you see these players develop.
"Hopefully we can get off to the best possible start with three points against Devon on Saturday."
Squad: Sam Trudgian, Sam Hill, Cameron Bidgood, Jacob Street, Jack Bray-Evans, Alex Cole (all Newquay), Jake Vickers, Oscar Bennetts (both Saltash), Matthew Quick (Falmouth Athletic), Ryan Chinn, Josh Burton (both Penryn Athletic), Ed Wilton (Perranporth), Chris Sturgess (Goonhavern), Kyle Frazer (Porthleven), Callum George (Penzance), Tom Cowling (Wadebridge Town).