Late goals put Rovers through to last eight
Penryn Athletic 0, Pendeen Rovers 2
COULD this at last be the season that Pendeen win some Jolly's Cornwall Combination League silverware?
The club are in their 22nd season in the league and the closest they have come to a trophy was two years ago when they were beaten on penalties by Perranwell in the final of the League Cup.
Rovers have never finished higher than fourth, but this season they have suffered just one league defeat to rise to second in the table, five points behind leaders Illogan, but with two games in hand.
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And on Saturday they moved into the quarter-finals of the League Cup thanks to two late goals from substitute Jack Willis and Ashley Ellis.
But predictably Pendeen manager Andre Peters is not getting carried away with his team's success with less than a third of the season gone.
He said: "It is an old cliche but we will take one game at a time. We have started well but there is a long way to go.
"We have a decent squad which you need and if the boys keep working hard we will see where we end up.
"It is one of the best changing rooms I have worked in.
"They work hard for each other.
It is nice to be the top team down where we are and if we're where we are come the end of the season we'll be in with a shout."
In what was always going to be a tight first round clash the first half saw both teams cancel each other out.
The main Pendeen threat came from the pace of Gary Matthews down the right but chances were scarce for both sides.
Matthews himself volleyed over from a corner and Scott Meagor was unable to find the target from another cross by Matthews.
At the other end Dexter King denied Chris Mulroy and Mike Cruse had another effort deflected just wide.
Peters said: "We struggled to get going in the first half. I think we tried to play too much football in our own half and lacked ideas."
And it was Penryn who started the second half the better with Stefan Churcher missing the best chance of the game when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy while the excellent King twice denied Ryan Reeve and Danny Higgins had a header cleared off the line. Pendeen though rode their luck and the introduction of Willis and Andrew House helped changed the tide in their favour.
Jamie Payne shot straight at Penryn keeper Chris Pellow, while Wade Brown headed over from point blank range following a corner.
But just when extra time loomed Pendeen deservedly broke the deadlock when Willis got on the end of a deep cross from Reynolds to head over a stranded Pellow.
And five minutes later Ellis made the tie safe with a neat header from a Meagor cross.
Mike Cruse did hit the underside of the bar for Penryn in the final minute, but Pendeen were worthy winners and on this type of form could well end that elusive hunt for a trophy this season.
Elsewhere, a goal from Jowan May saw St Ives book their place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 home win over Porthleven, while Holmans caused the shock of the first round when they knocked out holders Falmouth Town with a 4-3 victory at Bickland Park.
Nathan Macintosh (2) and Matt Roberts were on target for Town but it was Holmans who secured a place in the quarter-final draw thanks to goals from Aaron Meredith, Jason Blight, Tarik Kalkan and 16-year-old Charlie Tasker.
First round results: Falmouth Athletic 3 (Quaid Saunder 2, OG) Perranwell 6 (Matt Read 2, Matt Rose, Luke Brabyn, Jimmy Thompson, own goal); Falmouth Town Reserves 3 (Nathan Macintosh 2, Matt Roberts) Holman SC 4 (Aaron Meredith, Charlie Tasker, Jason Blight, Tarik Kalkan); Illogan RBL 1 (Ashley Kemp) Wendron United 0; Penryn Athletic Reserves 0 Pendeen Rovers 2 (Jack Willis, Ashley Ellis); RNAS Culdrose 1 (Adam Macmillan) Mullion 2 (Rob Carey, Alan Thomas); St Day 3 (Tom Hogarth 2, Gavin Boon) St Agnes 1 aet (Sam Kay); St Ives Town 1 (Jowan May) Porthleven Reserves 0; Troon 1 (Shane Richards) Goonhavern Athletic 6 (Paul Robertson 4, Luke Brown, Sam Waters).