Saints suffer heartbreak as cup curse strikes again
Illogan RBL 1, St Ives 0 (aet)
ST IVES suffered extra time heartache as a late goal from James Martin helped Illogan progress to the first round of the Senior Cup at Oxland Parc on Saturday, writes Scott Haley.
It took the home side 113 minutes to finally break down The Saints, who were knocked out by their opponents in this competition for the second successive season.
Both teams carved out plenty of chances throughout, with Illogan's Barrie-John Wyatt much the busier of the two keepers.
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Despite defeat, Saints manager Sky Allen was pleased with his team's performance and felt they were unlucky not to get something out of the game.
He said: "We had quite a few players out but the effort was there and I thought their keeper kept them in the game."
Both teams were missing several players through injury, with St Ives making four changes from the team that ran out 10-0 winners against Porthleven the previous week.
And it was Illogan who could have taken an early lead when Aaron Meredith headed wide from close range after good work from James Martin.
Aaron Clarke then fired over for the home side, before St Ives finally got a grip on the game on the half hour, only to find the home keeper in inspired form.
Curtis Richards and Ian Hodges combined well to set up Joel McWilliams whose first time effort was brilliantly tipped around the post by Wyatt.
And they came even closer three minutes later when Hodges met a Richards cross with a looping header, only to see it hit the bar and bounce to safety.
Early in the second half Meredith's run down the left found Ian Cullingham eight yards out but the midfielder's shot came back off the woodwork.
Cullingham then turned provider, playing in Dominic Pullen whose effort was tipped around the post by Dave Chard, only for referee Chris Stephens to controversially award a goal kick.
With the Saints switching to a 4-5-1 formation for the final 25 minutes, it looked like there was only going to be one winner.
Tristan Lambert brought out another save from Wyatt before McWilliams came agonisingly close in the dying moments when his 20 yard drive come crashing off the post with Wyatt beaten.
But just as it looked like the tie was heading for a shoot-out, the deadlock was finally broken with seven minutes remaining.
Simon Ellis countered after a poor corner from the Saints, playing in Pullen, he found Martin inside the area who had time to pick his spot and find the bottom corner via a deflection.
It was harsh on St Ives, whose afternoon was summed up in the dying moments when Martyn Harding's flick from a corner was superbly saved yet again by Wyatt.
St Ives: D Chard, R Bushby (c), M Thomas, J Curnow, M Fox, T Lambert (M Harding 86), E Fox, A Turner (S Clulee 65), C Richards (B Poznansky 88), J McWilliams, I Hodges. Subs not used: M Allen, M Davies.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Gary Matthews scored four goals for Pendeen Rovers who thrashed Holmans 7-0 at Borlase Park, with Jamie Payne, Glen Carew and Callum Gardner also on target for Andre Peters' side.
St Just also booked their place in the first round after a thrilling 8-6 penalty shoot out victory over Falmouth Athletic, after the tie ended 4-4 after extra-time.
Stewart Nicholls bagged a hat-trick for the Tinners, whose other goal came from Rob Troon.
Cornwall Senior Cup preliminary round: Biscovey 1 (Alaa Sian) Probus 3 (Aaron Moyses 2, Tom Recorl); Goonhavern 6 (Marc Wilson 2, Craig Barclay 2, Paul Robertson 2) Nanpean 0; Mullion 3 (Alan Thomas 2, Chris Ensink) RNAS Culdrose 5 (Matt Thirkle, Ben Philp, Stephen Reeves, Jack Valentine, Alan Turnbull); Pendeen 7 (Gary Matthews 4, Jamie Payne, Glen Carew, Callum Gardner) Holman SC 0; Polperro 1 (Dominic Richardson) Lanreath 2 (Jay Hussey, Dave McGhee); Roche 0 Bude 4 (Billy Hopcroft, Adam Smith 2, Steve Box); St Day 2 (Shane Richards, Chris Tolley) Millbrook 0; St Dominick 6 (Luke Kelly, Dan Summerfield, Michael Umney, Leigh Malloy, Ryan Hammond 2) St Teath 3 (Mark Grills, Andy Burden, Karl Elliott); St Just 4 (Stewart Nicholls 3, Rob Troon) Falmouth Ath 4 (Quaid Saunder 2, Brett Southern 2; St Just won 8-6 on pens); St Stephens Boro 2 (Carl Surridge, James Felipe) St Agnes 3 (Mike Burn 2, Duane Britten; Troon 2 (Ashley Sowden, Jamie Marles) Perranwell 1 (Dean Southworth); Wendron Utd 1 (Ryan Tresidder) Morwenstow 0.
Jolly's Combination League: Newquay 1 (Andy Morris) Hayle 1 (Billy Foster).