Magpies suffer day to forget as Saints pull off cup upset
MINNOWS St Day secured their place in the Cornwall Senior Cup quarter finals with a fully deserved home victory over Carlsberg SWPL Division One strugglers Penzance at Vogue Park on Saturday.
In a match largely spoiled by a howling gale, the Cornwall Combination League title chasers were by far the hungrier side in the first half and the visitors were indebted to two penalty decisions going in their favour, the first of them after only five minutes when Mike Davies' shot looked to have been handled inside the box.
And on the quarter hour Davies looked to have been upended inside the area by Penzance defender Liam Andrew, only for St Just official Paul Windle, much to the home players' chagrin, to award a free kick on the angle of the box.
From the resulting set piece the Magpies survived another nervous moment when Davies whipped in a cross which veteran striker Dominic Pullen somehow headed away from goal from point blank range.
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Pullen did much better with his next effort ten minutes later when his fierce 25-yard strike rattled the underside of the bar and rebounded into the grateful arms of Magpies' keeper Paul Williams.
The Saints continued to dominate though and it was no more than they deserved when they finally broke the deadlock a minute before the break, Pullen's through ball picking out Davies who burst through to stroke the ball past the advancing Williams.
Playing with the wind in the second half Matt Harris' men took a while to get back into their stride until they were gifted a soft second goal after 55 minutes when some kamikaze defending allowed Gavin Boon to poke the ball home at the near post.
The Magpies responded positively and within three minutes Jamie Payne pulled a goal back with a neat finish from Ben Gadsdon's long ball, which heralded the visitors' best spell of the game.
With the home side now firmly on the back foot for the first time Lewis Caspell came within a whisker of levelling matters when his shot from the left of the box flew just wide of the right post with home keeper Jason Robertson well beaten.
But in an evenly fought closing ten minutes it was St Day who sealed their place in the last eight of the competition when Chris Tolley fired a shot in off the inside of the right post, much to the delight of the ebullient Harris and the home supporters.
This Saturday Penzance return to league action at Holsworthy (kick-off 3pm).
St Day: J Robertson, M Witts, M Day, D Ellis, T Rowe (c), D Saxton, J Adlard, G Boon, C Tolley, D Pullen, M Davies. Sub: D Ford (for Ellis 64).
Penzance: P Williams; J Andrew, W Southcott, L Andrew, R Andrew, B Gadsdon, C George, J Blake, J Payne, C Bullock, L Caspell.
Referee: Paul Windle (St Just).
St Day will now travel to St Austell in the last eight on February 15 after the Lillywhites won 2-0 at Torpoint Athletic on Tuesday night.
After a tough battle at The Mill, the Lillywhites won the third round clash with two goals in the last 15 minutes from Carl Rickard (77 minutes) and Mike Body (88).
Holders Bodmin Town have been drawn away to Combination League side Wendron United, who booked their place in the last eight with a 3-2 victory over Dobwalls at Lantoom Park on Saturday.
St Blazey were paired with Carlsberg SWPL premier division rivals Godolphin Atlantic.
Godolphin, in their first season in the Peninsula League premier division sit in mid-table, nine points ahead of Blazey.
The winners of the Launceston v St Dennis replay, rescheduled for this Saturday and switched to St Dennis, will be at home to the winners of last night's scheduled replay between Saltash United and Ludgvan.
Quarter-final draw: St Blazey v Godolphin Atlantic, Wendron Utd v Bodmin Town, St Austell v St Day, St Dennis or Launceston v Saltash or Ludgvan.
Mousehole's home Throgmorton Cup tie with Stoke Gabriel was postponed and rearranged for Saturday February 15 (2pm).
This will be the Seagulls' last opportunity to stage the game as rules state a change of venue after three attempts.