St Austell crash out of Vase after loss against Bemerton Heath Harlequins
St Austell 2, Bemerton Heath Harlequins 3
ST AUSTELL surrendered a two-goal lead to go crashing out of the FA Carlsberg Vase at Poltair Park on Saturday.
Having led 2-0 at the break, and seemingly on their way to round three, the Lillywhites somehow allowed Harlequins, of the Wessex League Premier Division, a way back into the game, as three second half goals from the visitors left the home crowd stunned.
The Lillywhites were more than a match for the Salisbury-based side, and led comfortably at half-time thanks to goals from Mike Body (3) and Chris Reski (34).
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Their place in the next round looked assured, and they continued to create chances after the break.
But when Dan Young pulled a goal back in the 56th minute for Harlequins, it was all down hill from there. And two minutes later, more slack marking from the hosts allowed Young to score his second and bring the scores level.
With ten minutes remaining the impressive Young then completed a torrid afternoon for St Austell when, after his route on goal was blocked by goalkeeper Anton Lake, substitute Adam Jones produced a sublime lob to complete a remarkable comeback for the visitors.
St Austell: A Lake, D Lean, M Giles (B Flatley 84), T Smith, J Isbell (T Stubbs 86), J Dingle, C Reski, J Bragg, D Nancarrow (L Whetter 58), M Body, K Conibear-Trathen. Sub (not used): B Douglas.
Bemerton Heath: G Porter, D Metcalfe, L Burch (A Jones 51), T Roberts, G Mankin, J Eves, N Williams, J Slade, D Young, E Perrett, O Roe. Subs (not used): K O'Keefe, C Poore.
Referee: Andrew Tinkler (Brixham).