St Blazey 2v0 Porthleven Att. 109 (Away 10est)
On a crisp dry November day at Blaise Park, St Blazey welcomed back former St Blazey manager Alan Carey to Blaise Park for this Cornwall charity cup 1st round fixture. This was St Blazey’s first charity cup match since the S.W.P.L was formed. With premier sides not included, St Blazey haven’t been included but with last seasons relegation, St Blazey are back in a competition they last won in 2006-07. St Blazey have won the charity cup on four other occasions in 1935–36, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2005–06 and were runners up in 2003–04
The Durning-Lawrence Charity Cup began when the late Sir Edward Durning-Lawrence presented a cup to Truro AFC for charitable purposes and the cup was later handed to the Cornwall County Football Association to organise an annual competition for charity. Each year Cornwall FA chooses a worthy local charity to benefit from this 16 team invitee only competition and this year’s chosen charity is ‘The Invictus Trust’, helping teenagers with mental health issues in Cornwall.
St Blazey went into this match with Lee Whetters, Paddy West and Shea Saunders missing but welcomed back Seb Broomfield to Blaise Park. Seb signed for St Blazey last week as he continues to recover from his A.C.L injury.
St Blazey kicked off, kicking towards the Laundry end and it wasn’t long before the Porthleven goalkeeper was called into action when a move down the right found Howe who’s cross was deflected and the ball was tipped over the bar. The resulting corner was whipped in but Porthlevens goalkeeper punched the ball clear. After a good opening spell from St Blazey, Porthleven came into the game and a good run down the right followed by a good cross needed Chapman in goal to come out and claim the ball well. St Blazey always looked the more threatening. Player manager Morgan had his first effort on goal when he was played through but his half volley went well wide. Howe played a nice ball into Perryman who shot first time but his effort went straight at the goalkeeper. Howe was booked for a late challenge. It was half an hour into the game before Porthlevens first real effort on goal but the well hit shot flew well wide of the goal. In the 36th minute, Morgan picked up the ball and drove into the box and a challenge from behind was deemed a foul and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped the reliable Rendle who smashed an unstoppable penalty into the roof of the net to put St Blazey in front. St Blazey had another good penalty shout before half time but the referee waved away any appeals.
Half Time, St Blazey 1v0 Porthleven.
Porthleven had their best chance of the game early in the second half when a cross from the right was volleyed over. St Blazey always looked the more likely. Good work from Perryman down the right and a good cross into Yeoman who’s first touch was good but his shot on his weakest foot flew over the bar. Porthleven were awarded a free kick about 25 yards from goal. The shot was blocked but the referee awarded another freekick and Morgan was booked for handball. The resulting free kick was well blocked again and the loose ball cleared. Porthleven were their own worst enemy’s for a five minute spell as first Yeoman picked up the ball from a poor pass but his through ball to Morgan was just to heavy allowing the Porthleven keeper to win the ball. Minutes later another poor pass was picked up by Johnson who played the ball to Perryman who ran at the defence which just opened up and allowed Perryman to coolly slot the ball past the keepers left to put St Blazey 2v0 up. Eaton and Morgan went off to be replaced by Hayden and Josh Harris returning from injury. Porthleven thought they had pulled back one goal back when a brilliant effort flew past Chapman in goal but the whistle had already blown for offside. St Blazey almost added a third after a good move down the left involving Hayden and Rendle who played the ball to Perryman who’s shot flew just wide. Broomfield came on for the final few minutes and St Blazey saw the game out to make it the quarter finals of the charity cup.
Full Time, St Blazey 2v0 Porthleven.
Man of the match, Elliot Rendle. Brilliant penalty and a good all round performance.
St Blazey return to league action next Saturday with a trip to Millbrook. Kick off, 2:15pm The following Friday St Blazey host Liskeard with a 7:30ko. Two big league games, be sure not to miss them.