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MATCH REPORT | PORTHLEVEN 3-2 MOUSEHOLE

SEAGULLS DOMINANT BUT DEFEATED AT PORTHLEVEN

PORTHLEVEN 3-2 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, AT GALA PARC

Something had to give when Mousehole visited Porthleven with both sides boasting a 100% record, but it was the home side who rode their luck and made the most of their chances in a dramatic local derby to edge the victory and go to the top of the West Division table.

Mousehole put in arguably their best performance of the season with some scintillating periods of attacking football, but they missed a penalty, hit the Porthleven woodwork three times, and forced ‘keeper Jason Robertson into a number of outstanding saves, while gifting The Fishermen all three goals through unforced errors at crucial times in the match.

Mousehole signalled their positive intent when Craig Wilcox and Will Vouama – the latter returning after attending higher-league trials – fashioned an opening on three minutes from the right of goal but Steven Ziboth had his shot cleared off the line.

Porthleven went into an unlikely lead in the 5th minute when Calum Elliot slipped on the edge of the box in possession of the ball, leaving debutant Jack Price to take advantage of his good fortune to run on unopposed and score a simple goal.

The lively Craig Wilcox came close to equalising in the 7th and 14th minutes, firstly with a 20-yard shot just wide of the far post and then drawing a fine save from ‘keeper and captain Jason Robertson, who turned out to be Port’s saviour on the night and was named as their man-of-the-match.

As the first half progressed The Seagull’s passing patterns and incisive forward movement pegged the hosts back in their own half for long periods.  After Steven Ziboth had been hacked down on the edge of the box after a typical direct run, Calum Elliot’s free kick on 26 minutes struck the near post and spun out to safety.

And then, three minutes before half time, Mousehole were awarded a controversial penalty when ‘keeper Robertson objected to Gerens James’ close attention by pushing him to the ground, with referee Mark Hosking consulting his assistant to confirm the decision.  However, the ‘keeper atoned for his moment of rashness and earned his side a reprieve by beating out Steven Ziboth’s penalty to preserve The Fishermen’s lead.

And that incident became even more significant when the visitors made the worst possible start to the second half, with Port doubling their lead within a minute of the resumption.  Mousehole conceded possession deep in defence on their left, and a whipped-in cross was headed home by Matt Drummond from very close in.

To their credit, Mousehole regained the initiative and on 53 minutes Gerens James just failed to make proper contact with a good headed chance from a Paulo Sousa cross.  In an ambitious substitution on 54 minutes, defender Ryan Andrew was replaced by striker Jake Andrew to partner James up front, and within four minutes the twin strikers had put The Seagulls back on level terms.  A swift defence-splitting move by Craig Wilcox and Jake Andrew down the right created the space for Billy Curtis to pinpoint a cross into the danger area and Gerens James nodded in for 2-1 in the 56th minute.  In the next penetrating move, this time down the left, Paulo Sousa darted 30 yards and his low centre was driven first time in off the crossbar by Jake Andrew for a spectacular equaliser on 58, much to the noisy delight of the large away support.

With Mousehole now well on top, Robertson saved superbly from Steven Ziboth and Gerens James, but all the previous good work was undone in totally unexpected fashion in the 64th minute when in a rare and harmless-looking Port attack, Paulo Sousa clearly handled a cross, and former Seagull Jordan Adlard converted the penalty to make it 3-2.

The Seagulls continued to carve out regular chances, creating the expectation of at least a repetition of last season’s pulsating 3-3 draw.  Both Steven Ziboth and Gerens James hit the same upright and James was inches away with two other efforts.  But Porthleven’s defence stood firm in the face of a barrage of attacks though they still had Robertson to thank for blocking a Ziboth shot from point-blank range after the wingman had tricked his way at speed past several defenders.

At the other end, the home side could have made the game safe with a breakaway in the 87th minute, but in the end they will have welcomed the sound of the referee’s whistle following five minutes of added time.

Rarely will Mousehole play such exhilarating football for no points reward, and equally Porthleven will be satisfied with a win from only a fraction of the possession and chances.

After four games played, Mousehole go into the home league game against St Dennis at Trungle Parc this Saturday (8th, 3pm) in third place, three points behind Porthleven and Liskeard Athletic, and on level points with Penzance but with a better goal difference.  Porthleven are at home to Dobwalls, while Liskeard are at Holsworthy and Penzance at St Blazey.

Mousehole v Porthleven:  Sam Shulberg, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Paulo Sousa, Max Hill, Luke Hunter, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Will Vouama, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Jake Andrew (for Ryan Andrew, 54), Mze Ida-Yasser, Tom Hands, Tom Patrick, Paul Williams

Scoring:  Jack Price 5 (1-0), Matt Drummond 47 (2-0), GERENS JAMES 56 (2-1), JAKE ANDREW 58 (2-2), Jordan Adlard pen 66 (3-2).

Referee:  Mark Hosking.

Attendance:  115.

SEAGULLS FACE BIG CHALLENGE IN LOCAL DERBY AT PORTHLEVEN

SEAGULLS FACE BIG CHALLENGE IN LOCAL DERBY AT PORTHLEVEN

PORTHLEVEN v MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, 7:30pm

AT GALA PARC (TR13 9LQ)

 Mousehole travel the short distance to Porthleven this evening (Wednesday 5th, 7:30pm) as two sides with 100% records go head to head in the floodlit local derby, with each intent on preserving their perfect sequence of results.

The teams have won all three of their opening games, after which Porthleven hold a goal-difference advantage of just one, with 14 goals scored and 3 conceded, compared with Mousehole’s 11 for and 1 against.

Porthleven’s goal difference received a massive boost with Saturday’s 8-1 away win over a hastily-assembled Ludgvan line-up.  They had previously won 3-0 on the opening day at home against Wadebridge Town, and then 3-2 away at Penzance.

Mousehole’s record is a 6-1 home success against Plymstock United, followed by victories at Wendron (3-0) and, last Saturday, at Bere Alston United (2-0).

The early season encounter between The Fishermen and The Seagulls is always well attended and, with a lot of additional interest generated by the two teams’ recent successes, a good three-figure crowd is assured.  Former Manager Kevin Richards is now assistant to Alan Carey at Porthleven, which adds a further pinch of spice to the occasion.

The equivalent fixture last season was a pulsating and dramatic affair on a rain-sodden evening, with Mousehole coming back with 10 men for the last 50 minutes to equalise right at the end for an against-the-odds 3-3 draw, thanks to a Jorome Slew hat-trick.

Liskeard Athletic’s result yesterday evening (Tuesday), a 4-0 home win over St Dennis, maintains their own winning start to the season and puts them top of the West Division table, three points ahead of Porthleven and Mousehole, with a one and two goal advantage respectively, having played a game more.

Mousehole move on to league fixture No. 5 on Saturday (8th) with a home league game against St Dennis at Trungle Parc, kick off 3pm.

 

Steven Ziboth vs Bere Alston

MATCH REPORT 1st XI | BERE ALSTON UNITED 0-2 MOUSEHOLE

SEAGULLS MAKE IT THREE WINS OUT OF THREE

 BERE ALSTON UNITED 0-2 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018, AT THE DOWN

 Two early goals in Mousehole’s most distant league fixture of the season were enough to see off newly-promoted Bere Alston United on a hot sunny afternoon in west Devon.

The Seagulls had the vast majority of possession against the energetic and combative home side, who have now lost all four of their opening games.  But the little village club, who have produced a superb playing surface, deserve great credit for the ambition shown in stepping up to test themselves in the higher league.

Mousehole have now won their first three games to stand in second place in the early West Division table, and are one of only three teams – alongside Porthleven and Liskeard Athletic – to have a 100% record.  And the big challenge, as well as the end of that record, will come under the Porthleven floodlights on Wednesday evening (5th September) when The Seagulls, having conceded only once, travel the short distance to Gala Parc with the home side on equal points but one goal ahead.

In Saturday’s game Mousehole were two goals to the good by the 17th minute.  Steven Ziboth rifled a 30-yard right-footed drive low into the far corner after skipping in from the left in the 10th minute.  Then Gerens James was alert to a rebound off 17-year old ‘keeper Michael Moore from Craig Wilcox’s left-foot shot from the edge of the area to poach the second goal from close range.  The lead was nearly extended on 25 minutes as Gerens James and Mze Ida Yasser both tried to capitalise on a left wing cross, but the hosts also came close in the 37th and 38th minutes with long-range efforts.

The home side continued to play with determination after the interval, with a header from a long free kick not far off the mark on 50 minutes.  But Mousehole regained the initiative, with Mze Ida Yasser having a shot cleared off the line on 54 and Gerens James thumping a shot against the underside of the bar a minute later.

With The Seagulls dictating play, United’s over-zealous tackling earned them a dismissal for a second yellow card in the 64th minute and they were then fortunate to receive only a yellow ten minutes later as they sought to neutralise Steven Ziboth’s attacking threat.  More goals looked as though they would follow, with Gerens James, Max Hill and Craig Wilcox the closest for Mousehole, while previously under-employed ‘keeper Sam Shulberg thwarted the hosts with a diving finger-tip save from a goalbound header five minutes from time.

Mousehole:  Sam Shulberg, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Paulo Sousa, Luke Hunter, Max Hill, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Mze Ida Yasser, Steven Ziboth. 

Substitutes:  Tom Patrick (for Mze Ida Yasser, 80), Paul Williams.

Scorers:  Steven Ziboth (10), Gerens James (17)

Referee:  Richard Butters

MATCH REPORT – ILLOGAN RBL RESERVES 4-0 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES

TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2018, AT OXLAND PARC

On an evening made difficult by traffic congestion en route to the match and in overcast drizzly conditions, Mousehole Reserves faced their season’s first away match since promotion against an Illogan side boosted by the inclusion of several first team players.

The fixture was always likely to be a hard and physical game, and the hosts – with a point to prove after their weekend defeat at the hands of Penwith Exiles – were the better side and well worth their win in a game reduced to 40 minutes each way because of the failing light.

Mousehole started well and were extremely unlucky not to take the lead around the 10 minute mark, when Jonathan Fitchett in goal found his younger brother Michael lurking on the edge of the Illogan box, but his goal-bound shot was kept out by the ‘keeper’s superb finger- tip save, pushing the ball just past his post for a corner.

However as Illogan started to dominate play across the pitch they were rewarded with the first goal, and then doubled the lead just before the half-time whistle.

Mousehole’s changes at half-time saw Mze Ida Yasser making several good runs after being introduced on the right wing, but the Illogan defence was solid and made it extremely difficult to find a way through.  As the home side continued their dominance, their third goal came midway through the half, but after being reduced to nine men after two players were sin-binned for ten minutes, Mousehole stood their ground and denied Illogan the opportunity to take further advantage.

Back up to full strength, The Seagulls continued to battle on all fronts but were up against a very experienced and determined Illogan side, who made it 4-0 from a penalty near the end.

Squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden, Jack Ramsey, Tom Hands, Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom McGarry, Tom Patrick, Joe Davies, Mze Ida Yasser, Louis Main

Mousehole Reserves’ next fixture is at home this Wednesday (29th) against St Buryan at Trungle Parc, kick off 6:30pm.

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 3-0 TROON

MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 3-0 TROON

WHIRLWIND SPORTS TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST 2018

AT TRUNGLE PARC

Following a record-breaking season in which they were promoted as champions from Division 1, Mousehole Reserves made the perfect start to their Premier Division campaign with a solid team performance, three points and a clean sheet.

And after playing all their league games during last season at Marazion, it was especially sweet for the team to be back on home turf, and in front of a sizeable crowd.  A few new faces have been added to the majority of last season’s squad who have remained loyal.

The game finally got underway around 20 minutes late as the Troon players were delayed by heavy traffic congestion on the A30.

Both teams had opportunities in the first half, with both coming close by hitting the upright.  Mousehole gradually took charge, having a penalty appeal turned down, but after a solo run Caleb Marsden’s strike hit the back of the net just before half-time to give the hosts a deserved lead.

The second half saw Troon pushing for the equaliser, but a Mousehole attack ended with the referee awarding a penalty which drew an excellent save from the visitors’ keeper from Chris Bullock.

Troon were still in this fixture, but sound defence and good all-round play kept them at bay.  Mousehole started to re-establish their dominance and made the game safe with two goals in quick succession.  A free kick on the edge of the box saw Jack Ramsey’s shot find the back of the net and shortly afterwards Chris Bullock made it 3-0 from close in.

To their credit, the visitors never gave up in the failing light, and indeed were awarded a penalty of their own late into the second half, but Dom Angove in the Mousehole goal pulled off a fine save.

A good victory in the first game back in the top flight, and an entertaining and competitive contest.  The Reserves’ next fixture is at Illogan RBL Reserves next Wednesday (22nd August), with a 6.30pm kick off.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad v Troon:  Dom Angove, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden, Jack Ramsey, Tom Hands, Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom McGarry, Tom Patrick, Joe Davies, Kyle Bickmore, Benji Ward.

THE ENDORSED CUP – HOW TO GET TICKETS

This July 20th and 21st we will be hosting and participating in the inaugural Endorsed Cup together with Under 17/18 teams from Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers.

It promises to be a highly competitive tournament and a great part of our pre-season preparations.

TICKETS

1 and 2 Day Tickets available here   Credit/Debit Cards

2 Day Tickets here via PayPal

The Endorsed Cup
Age 16-6418.00 GBP2 Day Ticket 20/21 July
u16/OAP's9.00 GBP2 Day Ticket 20/21 July
Your eTicket will be emailed immediately after payment

 

SUPER STRIKE PUTS SEAGULLS INTO ANOTHER CUP FINAL

LISKEARD ATHLETIC 0-1 MOUSEHOLE

CORNWALL ‘DURNING LAWRENCE’ CHARITY CUP SEMI-FINAL

WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY 2018

AT MOUNT WISE, NEWQUAY AFC

 Mousehole marched into the Final of the Cornwall FA ‘Durning Lawrence’ Charity Cup with a late but spectacular goal to break Athletic’s stubborn rearguard resistance.

The Seagulls were playing their third semi-final in a remarkable run of success in this season’s three Cup competitions, and after the earlier 2-0 defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup by Premier Division runners-up Tavistock, and the gallant 3-2 loss on Sunday to higher-division Saltash United in a first-ever Senior Cup Final appearance, they will fancy their chances of picking up some well-earned silverware against Wadebridge Town in next week’s Charity Cup Final.

Liskeard had finished their League season fifth in the table, one place and two points behind Mousehole, so a close contest was expected.  However, the narrow scoreline was mainly due to an eye-catching display by ‘keeper Chris Hoare whose defiant shot-stopping stood between Mousehole and the much bigger goal margin their overall team performance deserved.

In the early stages of the first half Liskeard looked lively with fast breaks from midfield, and Steve Parker-Billinge was forced into a close range save from Tom Cleveland as the striker burst through on the left on 8 minutes.  Mousehole gradually started to impose themselves, with Hoare foiling shots by Jake Andrew, Josh Otto and Calum Elliot twice from 30-yards, as well as tipping over a Jake Andrew header just before half time, to earn his side a 0-0 reprieve at the interval.

Mousehole continued on the offensive in the second half, with Liskeard content to fall back and rely on the speed of James Lorenz to chase swiftly delivered long balls.  However, the 36-goal marksman was superbly marshalled by The Seagulls’ back line, aided by Steve Parker-Billinge’s alert anticipation.

Hoare somehow put various parts of his body in the way of goal-bound shots by Josh Otto, Tyler Tonkin and substitute Luke Johnson, while his fellow defenders increasingly resorted to desperate measures, picking up a series of yellow cards.  Liam Andrew also went into the book with ten minutes to go after a clash of heads with Adam King as he keenly contested an inviting corner, the incident requiring prolonged on-pitch attention to his opponent.

And a few minutes later, on 86 minutes, Mousehole’s persistence paid off with a goal of supreme quality.  After a clever piece of triangular interplay had created a few millimetres of space on the right-hand edge of the penalty box , William Vouama suddenly swivelled inside on to his left foot and released a fierce drive that was still rising into the far top corner as it sped past the helpless ‘keeper.

Mousehole safely played out the remainder of the game, including five minutes of added time, and even came close to doubling the score when Hoare yet again came to his side’s rescue, tipping over a typical strong shot from Luke Johnson.

So The Seagulls progress to their second Charity Cup Final in three years and will be looking to repeat the memorable events of two years ago when a 5-0 thumping victory over St Dennis at Bodmin Town clinched a historic Cup and League double.  This time round, the other finalists are mid-table finishers Wadebridge Town, 3-2 semi-final winners over St Blazey.

The Final is confirmed for Friday 25th May at Penryn FC.  Kick Off 7.30pm.

This season’s Charity Cup is in aid of the Invictus Trust, a relatively new Cornwall-based charity set up to provide for local adolescents needing mental health support.

 Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jamie Thomson, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Josh Otto, Jake Andrew.  Substitutes:  Luke Johnson (for Paulo Sousa, 78), Connor Davey, Paul Williams, Louis Graham, Matt McIlroy.

Scorer:  William Vouama (86).

Officials:  Steve Annis (Referee), Adam Price & Stuart Kane (Assistant Referees), Andrew McKnight (4th Official)

Mousehole vs Saltash Cornwall Senior Cup Final

STUPENDOUS SEAGULLS SO CLOSE TO MAJOR CUP UPSET

MOUSEHOLE 2-3 SALTASH UNITED

CORNWALL SENIOR CUP FINAL

SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2018

AT BLAISE PARK, ST BLAZEY AFC 

Mousehole played a massive part in a highly entertaining and exciting afternoon’s football in front of a near-400 crowd in warm sunny conditions, making light of their lower league status and keeping the game on a knife edge right up to the final whistle.

The Seagulls had never before in their near-100 year history reached the Final of the County’s prestigious competition – let alone the semi-finals – but by contrast The Ashes were looking to put right a record of being five-times beaten finalists in the previous 13 years.  Both teams had finished their respective League seasons in fourth place, with Premier Division Saltash standing 20 places above Mousehole in the Peninsula ‘pyramid’.

But Mousehole made the worst possible start to the game in a nervous opening 12 minutes.  Sam Farrant did the first damage after just 68 seconds with a lofted shot high into the net from the right side of the box after Ryan Richards had stolen possession in midfield and played a simple ball through.  And Saltash’s strong tackling and direct running exposed the left side of Mousehole’s defence again as Sam Hughes broke through unchallenged from the right to slot home for 2-0 on 12 minutes despite the best efforts of Tyler Tonkin on the line.

The Seagulls’ shell-shocked players and large band of supporters were given hope two minutes later by Jake Andrew who in typical fashion was in the right place to head Kevin Lawrence’s left-sided free kick firmly down into the corner of the net for a 2-1 scoreline after just 14 minutes.

Saltash threatened further goals in the 24th minute, Steve Parker-Billinge diving to keep out a close-range drive from Farrant, with Callum O’Brien heading wide from the resulting corner.  At the other end goalkeeper Ash Clelland had to be at full stretch to collect another Jake Andrew header from a pinpoint Calum Elliot free kick on 33 minutes, as Mousehole started at last to make an impact on the pattern of play.  A couple of minutes before half-time Luke Johnson went off with an injury having given The Ashes’ defence a torrid time.

The Seagulls made a much more assertive start to the second half, Paulo Sousa firing a right-footed shot just wide of the far post after an incisive move in the first minute.  Two more half chances came from speedy runs to the byeline by substitute Steven Ziboth operating on the left, with the Saltash defence just managing to scramble the ball away.  Kevin Lawrence then drove inches past the post from 20 yards on 56 minutes as The Seagulls pegged their opponents back in their own half.

Mousehole were now enjoying much better ball possession, with Saltash relying on breakaways, feeding the ball quickly through to exploit top scorer Ryan Richards’ clever running.  In a two minute spell, Jake Andrew was just unable to place his header for a likely-looking equaliser after a superb five-man passing move and a carefully measured Kevin Lawrence cross after 68 minutes, while Steve Parker-Billinge had to pull off a great save as Richards looked certain to score.

With the next goal likely to prove crucial, Mousehole conceded a third on 78 minutes in the most unfortunate of circumstances.  Calum Elliot, off the field for several minutes with a blood injury, was just being waved back on to the field by referee Stuart Kane as Richards gathered a ball over the top in space normally occupied by Elliot and drove a dipping shot into the net from 20 yards for what turned out to be the winner.

To their immense credit, Mousehole stormed back to make it 3-2 in the 82nd minute with a firmly-struck Steven Ziboth penalty following a foul on William Vouama as he jinked in towards goal.  The momentum was now with The Seagulls, with the rowdy crowd in fine voice and The Ashes vulnerable-looking defenders resorting to several fouls and yellow cards to break up play.  Goalkeeper Clelland came to their rescue with two good saves from Steven Ziboth and from Billy Curtis as the referee rightly added eight minutes of added time in response to Saltash’s time-wasting tactics at set pieces.

At the end, Mousehole had done all they could, being the better footballing side and more committed team for the last hour, while Saltash will have been relieved to hear the referee’s whistle and at last to get their name of the Cup.

The Seagulls have a great chance to make this form count in Wednesday’s Cornwall Charity Cup Semi-Final when they face Liskeard Athletic at Mount Wise, Newquay AFC, kick off 7.30pm.  Liskeard finished in 5th place, one place and two points behind Mousehole, after being neck-and-neck at the top for much of the season.  The winners will play either St Blazey or Wadebridge Town, whose semi-final is tomorrow, Tuesday, at Sticker AFC, with the date and venue of the Final to be announced in due course.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (for Luke Johnson, 44), Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 82), Connor Davey (for Tyler Tonkin, 86), Yeshe Briar, Paul Williams .

Officials:  Stuart Kane (Referee), Kevin Knowles & Robin Tucker (Assistant Referees) and Derek Hughes (4th Official).

Attendance:  392

LATE GOALS END SEAGULLS’ TITLE HOPES, BUT STILL LOTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

ILLOGAN RBL 3-3 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2018

AT OXLAND PARC

 Mousehole dropped two points against bottom side Illogan in a dramatic final few minutes after looking good for the win that would have kept them in the hunt for the League title and promotion.

Unforced defensive mistakes gifted the hosts a useful point to take them off the foot of the table, and at the same time ensured that The Seagulls cannot pick up enough points from their remaining two games to finish top.  And as it now stands their only chance of promotion is to finish second behind Ludgvan (who are not promotion applicants), which in turn relies on The Hurlers winning the League, Millbrook losing their last three games, and Liskeard Athletic, Porthleven and Elburton Villa all dropping more points than they gain.

On a cold dark evening with driving rain and a strong wind blowing down the pitch, Mousehole named the same starting line-up as for Saturday’s stirring win over Millbrook, whereas Illogan have had difficulty raising a team recently and on this occasion added players from the reserve and third team to their squad.

Playing with the wind in their favour in the first half, The Seagulls enjoyed periods of sustained possession and created enough chances to have built up a comfortable scoreline.  But for all their dominance, it was only 2-0 at the interval, and it turned out to be a too-slender lead in the conditions.

In the 10th minute Kevin Lawrence’s inswinging left-sided corner was headed against the post by Jake Andrew, and a minute later his longer corner from the same spot was headed firmly home by the leaping Liam Andrew to make it 1-0.  Lawrence and Jake Andrew with shots and Paulo Sousa with a header all came close to increasing the lead, and in an end-to-end last five minutes of the half, the Illogan goal survived a series of close-range threats, while at the other end Steve Parker-Billinge had to come out sharply to smother a chance, and an unchallenged header from in front of goal went wide.  Eventually, and on the stroke of half-time, Jake Andrew doubled the score, just getting above his marker to head home from six yards in a goalmouth scramble.

Early in the second half, Mousehole came close to increasing their lead through Luke Johnson, driving high into the side netting from an angle on 55, and Paulo Sousa, denied by a smart ‘keeper save after the best move of the match on 58.  But at only 2-0 down, Illogan started to make the most of the wind and slippery surface, with Steve Parker-Billinge saving from Harry Sargeant following a great driving run from the halfway line, and after Will Vouama had just failed to get on the end of a dangerous low cross by Luke Johnson, a defensive blunder let Illogan back into the match.  Parker-Billinge was robbed of the ball as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play on the edge of the box and only a foul in  front of an unattended net from the cross prevented a goal, with Sargeant putting away the penalty on 68 minutes.

Normal service for The Seagulls looked to be resumed three minutes later when substitute Josh Otto coolly sidefooted home when put in the clear after a good but increasingly rare passing movement for 3-1.  The youngster had a similar chance a few minutes later but chose to pass instead of shoot and the ball was cleared.

And, perhaps predictably, Illogan stepped up the energy levels in the last ten minutes.  The visitors conceded an unnecessary free kick on the right-hand side of their 18-yard area, from which left back Aaron Myers skimmed a low curling shot into the far corner for 3-2 on 83 minutes.  The momentum was now with the home side, constantly harrying their opponents in their own half, and as time was running out they profited from sloppiness at the back when Dave Mitchell stole the ball after a too-casual pass out of the box and duly slotted home for 3-3 and a draw which had earlier looked most unlikely.  And as with the matches earlier in the season at St Dennis (4-4) and Plymstock United (3-3) when opponents built up a head of steam to overturn winning leads, Mousehole will have been thankful to hear the final whistle.

Mousehole still have a lot to look forward to this season.

  • They have a chance of improving on last year’s sixth position in their last two League matches, both at home, with lowly but resolute Plymstock United the visitors on Saturday (5th May) at 3pm, followed by the Bank Holiday Monday finale against currently 7th placed St Blazey at the earlier kick off time of 2pm.
  • Then on Sunday 13th May, it’s the Cornwall Senior Cup Final – The Seagulls’ first-ever appearance in the County’s prestige cup competition – against Premier Division Saltash United at Blaise Park, the HQ of St Blazey, kick off 2pm.
  • Following that, Mousehole face Liskeard Athletic in the semi-final of the Cornwall Charity Cup on Wednesday 16th May at Newquay FC, kick off 7.30pm, with the winners facing either Wadebridge Town or St Blazey in the Final (date and venue to be confirmed).

Mousehole v Illogan:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.

Substitutes:  Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 33), Ryan Holland (for Paulo Sousa, 70), Connor Davey (for Jake Andrew, 78), Jamie Thomson, Steven Ziboth.

Scorers:

Mousehole – Liam Andrew, 11 (0-1);  Jake Andrew 45 (0-2);  Josh Otto, 71 (1-3).

Illogan – Harry Sargeant, 68 pen (1-2); Aaron Myers, 83 (2-3);  Dave Mitchell, 88 (3-3)

Referee:  Marc Rose.

Luke Johnson after winner vs Millbrook with Jake Andrew, Will Vouama and Billy Curtis

THRILLING WIN AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS KEEPS MOUSEHOLE’S CHANCES ALIVE

MOUSEHOLE 2-1 MILLBROOK

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC

Mousehole overturned a 1-0 interval deficit with an impressive second half performance to earn a deserved win which keeps them still in contention near the top of the League, and at the same time ended Millbrook’s unbeaten run of 15 League games stretching back to mid-October.

This was The Seagulls’ fourth win in a row under new Player-Manager Calum Elliot, but they had to step up a gear after half-time to prevent Millbrook going home with the win which would have given them a nine point lead over The Seagulls, who have three League fixtures left to play.

Millbrook had managed their recent fixture congestion well, with three wins in the space of five days, but despite Saturday’s defeat they will still finish top if they win their four remaining games, three of which are away.

The visitors started the game strongly, pressing the home side all over the pitch and creating enough chances to have built up a good first-half lead.  Steve Parker-Billinge in the Mousehole goal had to punch away a dangerous inswinging corner in the first minute, and in the 9th minute the visitors were awarded a disputed penalty for an alleged foul tackle, but they squandered the gift Ryan Knight’s spot kick rebounded to safety off the left-hand post.  Another chance went begging when Jake Foster put the ball over the bar from a long left-wing cross on 17 minutes.  But the opening goal did arrive in the 32nd minute, when a right-sided free kick to the far post was headed back across goal and captain Tom Hall, who went upfield from the back for every set piece to add his height, glanced a simple downward header into the corner of the net from eight yards.  And with Millbrook in the ascendancy, a swift break down the left ended with a shot over the angle.  In the meantime, Mousehole had a couple of attempts on goal but William Vouama found giant ‘keeper Konstantin Andrejenko in defiant form with a couple of blocks.

The second half was a marked contrast, with Mousehole playing with renewed purpose and energy, winning most of the 50/50 balls, retaining possession across the pitch and forcing Millbrook to retreat into defensive formation.  The tone was set when Paulo Sousa’s header from Luke Johnson’s cross beat Andrejenko but was hacked off the line on 47 minutes, and two minutes later Johnson’s pass across the six yard line was cleared, as was a searching Tyler Tonkin cross in the next attack.  Johnson then shot just over after cutting in from the left, and, on 52 minutes, Jake Andrew’s headed ‘goal’ was disallowed for offside.  But The Seagulls’ top scorer was not to be denied in the 57th minute, grabbing the equaliser with a carefully guided header into the far corner from yet another Johnson assist.  Scenting another goal against deflated and tiring opponents, Johnson put in an audacious lob from 40 yards out on the touchline that sailed just wide and Will Vouama’s fierce 18-yard free kick was parried wide by Andrejenko.

In an extraordinary incident in the 73rd minute, in virtually the visitors’ only serious attack in the second period, Ryan Knight again wasted a golden opportunity to put Millbrook back in the lead when he scuffed his shot wide from close range after Jake Foster’s mis-hit shot from the right had found him lurking unattended at the far post.  At the other end, Millbrook had their goalkeeper to thank with a triple save from close range shots in the 79th minute.  But three minutes later, after incessant pressure, Mousehole went into the lead when Luke Johnson finished off a superb move, with Kevin Lawrence and Ryan Holland creating the space on the right for Vouama to curl a measured cross to the far side of the six yard box where Johnson raced in from the left to side-foot home.

Elliot and his men continued to look after the ball and saw the game out sensibly to maintain fifth position among the top six teams, who are now separated by just six points.

Mousehole have recorded wins against all the top sides since December except Elburton Villa (the only side to claim a home and away double over them this season), but their final away match this Tuesday at Illogan (Oxland Parc, TR16 4DQ, kick off 6.45pm) may prove to be an equally difficult assignment.  With Illogan having recently replaced season-long bottom club Bude Town at the foot of the table, they will be looking to make headlines by upsetting the form book, and usually give visiting Mousehole teams a tough time.

The Seagulls then return to Trungle Parc for their last-but-one League fixture on Saturday against Plymstock United, who sit in 15th place just above Illogan and Bude.  It’s an ideal opportunity for Mousehole to banish memories of a 3-3 draw at Deans Cross at the end of October, when they let slip a three goal lead.  Then on Bank Holiday Monday at the earlier kick off time of 2pm, it’s League game 32 out of 32, with the visit of St Blazey who were beaten 5-2 at home by Mousehole three weeks ago.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Elliot, Liam Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.

Substitutes:  Ryan Holland (for Jordan Adlard, 75), Jamie Thomson, Connor Davey, Chris Prout, Paul Williams.

Scorers:  Millbrook – Tom Hall (32).   Mousehole – Jake Andrew (57), Luke Johnson (82).

Referee:  Graham Rickard.   Attendance:  70.