PENZANCE 1-4 MOUSEHOLE
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
GOOD FRIDAY, 30TH MARCH, AT PENLEE PARK
The Good Friday morning ‘local derby’ saw Mousehole gain their third win of the season against their local rivals and in so doing secure the necessary points to maintain their position among the promotion challengers.
The Seagulls had beaten The Magpies twice at home, 2-0 on Boxing Day in the League and 4-0 in February in the quarter finals of the Cornwall Charity Cup, and this was another fiercely contested encounter. A much-changed Penzance side – including ex-Seagulls’ Player-Manager Wayne Quinn returning after injury to play the first 45 minutes – came back strongly in the early part of the second half after trailing 2-0 at the interval.
Mousehole dominated the first half, taking the lead on 18 minutes when Will Vouama made a direct 40-yard run at the right side of the back-pedalling Penzance defence before striking a low left-footed shot into the far corner of Dom Angove’s goal. The ‘keeper then kept out Luke Johnson’s shot with his legs in the 35th minute and Jake Andrew headed just wide four minutes later from Paulo Sousa’s flighted free kick. But Andrew made no mistake on the stroke of half-time to double the lead deservedly with a downward header from six yards after a short-corner routine between Sousa and Kevin Lawrence had created the chance.
Penzance started the second period brightly, with Lewis Caspall’s inswinging corner marginally out of reach of Mark Vercesi in front of goal on 48 minutes, and ‘keeper Steve Parker-Billinge just able to deflect a dangerous low cross-shot past the post a minute later. And they got back into the game on 66 minutes when Billy Curtis’ sliding tackle on Lewis Caspall was judged by Referee Luke Wilkes to be worthy of a penalty and the former Seagull despatched the spot kick despite Parker-Billinge getting a hand to the ball.
With the game now end-to-end and the tackles getting more determined, Mousehole had a flurry of close-range shots blocked on 70 minutes, Mark Vercesi drove in a 25-yard free kick kept out by Parker-Billinge’s dive two minutes later, and in the next action Referee Wilkes awarded a corner rather than a likely-looking penalty after Will Vouama’s jinking run through the home defence had been halted.
With Vouama injured in the tackle, Steven Ziboth came on as substitute and played a crucial role in Mousehole’s third goal, skilfully holding on to the ball on the left of the penalty area to set up Jamie Thomson for a low drive into the corner from a central position 18 yards out in the 79th minute, the experienced midfielder’s first goal for Mousehole since transferring from Helston Athletic.
And a well-worked move resulted in The Seagulls’ fourth goal on 86 minutes. Calum Elliot and Kevin Lawrence’s quickly-taken free kick found Josh Otto in space, and the youngster’s flick inside the full back enabled substitute Chris Prout to send over a perfect cross from the byeline for Jake Andrew again in the right place to head home from six yards, for his fifth goal of the season against his former club after his hat-trick in February.
After the Cornwall Senior Cup Final against Premier Division Saltash United on Monday at St Blazey, Mousehole return to the same venue on Wednesday for an important League clash with the host club, followed by a home League match against Wendron United at Trungle Parc on Saturday (7th), kick off 3pm. The following week sees the Cornwall Charity Cup semi-final against Liskeard Athletic on either Tuesday 10th or Wednesday 11th with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Mousehole v Penzance: Steve Parker-Billinge, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Kevin Lawrence, Jamie Thomson, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Will Vouama.
Substitutes: Connor Davey (for Luke Johnson, 65), Steven Ziboth (for Will Vouama, 77), Chris Prout (for Paulo Sousa, 78), Paul Williams.
Scorers: Mousehole – Will Vouama (18,), Jake Andrew (45, 86), Jamie Thomson (79); Penzance – Lewis Caspall (66 pen)
Referee: Luke Wilkes. Attendance: Not known.