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Magpies send rivals crashing out after extra-time thriller

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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Penzance 4, Falmouth Town 3 (aet)

THE Magpies completed a dramatic extra-time comeback as they fought back from two goals down at half-time to pull off one of the shocks of the second round at Penlee Park on Friday night in what was to prove Alan Carey's final game in charge of the visitors.

There was little sign of the drama to follow when the home side, low on confidence after 13 successive league defeats, fell behind to a Mark Vercesi header from Wayne Quinn's right-wing corner with only two minutes on the clock.

And when the former Magpies captain repeated the dose, from another Quinn corner after 23 minutes, it appeared to be a case of how many more goals Town would add to their tally in the second half.

But the home side threw themselves a life-line only a minute into the second half when striker Jeremy Blake poked the ball home to pull the home side back in to the tie.

Town keeper Jason Chapman made a superb stop at full stretch to deny substitute Liam Dent before the visitors had strong claims for a penalty waived aside, only for Glen Squires, one of 11 former Magpies in Falmouth's squad, to be shown a yellow card for simulation by St Ives official Ben Judd, who had an excellent game in the middle.

There were just two minutes left on the clock when the Magpies broke down the left flank for Harry Corin to cut inside and fire across Chapman and in to the far corner of the net to send the tie into extra time, but not before Lewis Caspell's stoppage time strike was ruled out for a push on keeper Paul Williams.

It was Penzance who gained the ascendency in the extra period with another of their substitutes, Joel McWilliams giving them a 96th minute lead as he shot home, at the second attempt, from 10 yards.

After Town midfielder Ryan Holland was sent off for retaliation, manager's son Liam Dent then made it 4-2, a minute before the end of a pulsating first period.

And although Jamie Devine narrowed the deficit, on 117 minutes, the Magpies defended well to hold on to their slender lead and book their place in the next round.

Penzance: P Williams; J England, C George, J Street (c), D Mooney, R Andrew, J Coleman, L Andrew, J Blake, S Retchford, H Corin. Subs (all used): L Dent, J McWilliams, J Oakley.

Falmouth Town: J Chapman; B Wills, J Devine, W Quinn, M Laity, R Pope, R Holland, M Vercesi (c), G Squires, K Turner, L Caspell. Subs: S Winnan, M Hollands, J Webb.

MoM: Harry Corin (Penzance).

Referee: Ben Judd (St Ives).

ALAN Carey has revealed how a "clash of characters" led to his decision to stand down as manager of Falmouth Town.

After more than three years with the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division club, Carey's departure was confirmed by the club's owners, Falmouth Town AFC Ltd, on Sunday evening.

Town were knocked out of the Throgmorton Cup by premier division strugglers Penzance on Friday night, and shortly after Carey informed the club of his decision to resign.

He said: "I'd made up my mind long before the weekend, it has been coming for the last few weeks.

"Some very good people have left the club, and in the end I didn't feel as if I was needed.

"I felt there was definitely a clash of characters with one particular individual.

"However I must stress that I didn't have a problem with any of the players. They have been fantastic."

Mark Vercesi took charge of Falmouth's game against Carey's former club Bodmin Town on Tuesday.

Carey replaced Andy Bowker as Town boss in January 2009 with the club struggling near the foot of the table.

But after steering them to safety he then guided Town to third in his first full campaign, fifth in 2011 and third last season.

He said: "I'm going to take a break but I will be back."

Hayle 1, Penryn Athletic 3

PENRYN Athletic booked their place in the third round and a trip to Exmouth Town after Saturday's victory over Hayle at Trevassack Park.

Ollie Moody scored Penryn's opener in the 35th minute and just moments after the break their lead was doubled by Ryan Chinn.

Kevin Lawrence pulled a goal back for Hayle from the penalty spot in the 65th minute after he was brought down.

But any hopes Hayle, who knocked premier division St Blazey out in the previous round, had of getting back into the game were dashed when Steve Owens fired home Penryn's third from 15 yards out.

ANOTHER second round shock saw Plymouth Parkway lose 4-3 at home to a Liskeard Athletic side who had not won in their last five games.

Ryan Richards scored twice for Parkway, either side of Will Stringer's penalty, but the Blues deservedly earned a third round tie at home to Tavistock thanks to goals from Andrew Neal, Lyle Johnson, Chris Clarke (penalty) and Steve Sims.

Goals from Ben Annis and Sam Davey saw Launceston beat Callington Town 2-0 to earn a home tie against Saltash United.

The shocks continued on Saturday as Helston beat St Austell 3-1 at Kellaway Park, thanks to Mark Goldsworthy, Liam Eddy and James Miller. Dan Nancarrow replied for the visitors.

Two late goals from Jamie Ahearn and substitute Ian Rooke saw Tavistock come from behind to beat Wadebridge Town, after Dan Jennings had given the Bridgers a first-half lead.

Elsewhere, Newquay had Danny Brook, Ashley Piggott and Dave Trott on target as they won 3-1 at Exeter Civil Service who had James Clampin scoring their goal before getting sent off.

PENZANCE'S reward for Friday's magnificent Throgmorton Cup second round victory over Falmouth Town is another home tie against division one west wise Helston Athletic, who were shock 3-1 winners over St Austell on Saturday.

The third round game is due to take place on New Year's Day at Penlee Park.

Penryn Athletic have been drawn away to division one east Exmouth Town, with that tie taking place on December 8.

Cup holders Bodmin Town will play their second round fixture against Ivybridge Town on November 24.

The winners of that game will travel to Torpoint Athletic in the third round.

Third round draw (ties to be played on or before Tuesday January 1 2013 unless stated): Camelford v Stoke Gabriel (December 22), Elburton Villa v Alphington, Exmouth Town v Penryn Athletic (December 8), Launceston v Saltash United, Liskeard Athletic v Tavistock, Newquay v Dobwalls, Penzance v Helston Athletic, Torpoint Ath v Ivybridge Town or Bodmin Town.

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