Spot of bother as St Just see their Cup hopes dashed
COMBINATION LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
THERE was to be no repeat of the previous weekend's shootout victory for St Just, who exited the League Cup at the first hurdle as St Agnes won 4-2 on penalties after Saturday's tie at Lafrowda Park finished 2-2 after extra-time.
The Tinners triumphed 8-6 on penalties in their Cornwall Senior Cup success against Falmouth Athletic seven days earlier, but it was a different story this time, despite a brave fightback by St Just, who had fallen behind to two first half goals from a St Agnes side currently sixth in the table.
Duane Britten gave the visitors the lead after eight minutes with a free-kick, and after St Just missed a couple of golden opportunities to equalise it was Aggie who doubled their advantage through Sam Connolly.
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But St Just's depleted side improved dramatically in the second half and reduced the arrears when Stuart Nicholls latched onto a ball over the top of the St Agnes defence to find the net.
The hosts continued to press forwards and were finally rewarded for a sustained spell of pressure when Jon Bird forced the tie into extra-time after heading home the equaliser.
However, St Just were to rue another batch of missed chances in the second period of extra-time as the tie went to penalties which saw St Agnes come out on top to secure their place in the first round draw.
Ludgvan were also knocked out of the competition after a hat-trick from Wendron's Ryan Tresidder settled an entertaining game at Underlane.
The former Truro City youngster put the home side three goals to the good before the Hurlers mounted a second half comeback with a brace from former Penzance and Mousehole striker Gerens James, but it was too little too late for Anthony Hosking's side, who will now play in this season's Supplementary Cup.
Hayle looked on course for a place in the first round draw after goals from Tom Morris and the appropriately named Danny Scorer gave them a 2-1 interval lead at Goonhavern.
But after Mark Wilson headed the home side's first before the break, the Reen Manor Park outfit stunned the visitors with four second half goals, the first from former St Blazey and Truro City winger Ian Gosling before a late hat-trick from Paul Robertson settled the outcome.
IT'S as you were at the top of the table after Falmouth Town and Illogan RBL both won their respective fixtures on Saturday.
A Luke Wort hat-trick sent Town on their way to an emphatic 5-0 home victory over mid-table St Day at Bickland Park, with Ben Ambrose and Jason Roberts netting Falmouth's other goals.
Dominic Pullen was another hat-trick hero as he was again among the goals in Illogan's 4-2 win at Falmouth Athletic, for whom Ryan Whitby scored both goals. Ian Cullingham was also on target for Illogan, who remain two points behind leaders Falmouth Town after nine matches.
Mullion climbed four places to fifth spot after running out 4-1 winners in a local derby at Porthleven. Rob Carey bagged a brace for the visitors, whose other goals came from Jack Sherlock and fomer Port striker Alan Thomas. Gavin Perraton netted a consolation for Porthleven who remain fourth from bottom.
Perranwell gained sweet revenge for last week's Senior Cup defeat at Troon by beating them 4-1 in the league. A goal from Troon player-boss Jamie Marles on the half-hour cancelled out a 20th minute penalty from Perranwell's Jimmy Thompson, but it was Perran who went on to claim a resounding win with second half goals from Thompson, Dean Southworth and Liam Paddock.
Elsewhere, Penryn survived a scare at bottom side Holmans. Goals from Tarik Kalkan and Rikki Smith gave the basement side a 2-1 half-time lead after Stefan Churcher had earlier given Penryn the lead.
A shock looked to be on the cards at Blaythorne until the latter stages when the home side gradually ran out of steam, allowing Penryn to equalise through Scott Kellow 14 minutes from time.
And Kellow then grabbed his second and Penryn's third to leave Holmans empty-handed.
Westinsure Cornwall Senior Cup, Preliminary round (1.30pm): Kilkhampton v Ludgvan.
First round (1.30pm): Goonhavern Ath v St Just; Lanreath v RNAS Culdrose; Pendeen Rovers v St Agnes; St Day v Probus; St Dominic v Bude; Troon v Wendron.
Jolly's Cornwall Combination (3pm): Falmouth Town v Perranwell; Mullion v Illogan RBL (2pm); Newquay v Holman SC (2pm); Porthleven v Falmouth Ath; St Ives Town v Hayle.