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Match Report

Cup -

Newquay AFC

Ashley Bradshaw (1)

Paul Hampshire (1)

Scott Palmer (1)

Shaun Middleton (1)

Sat 08 Nov 2008




AET. 2 - 2 at full time

Star player: Ashley Bradshaw


NEWQUAY 4 CALLINGTON TOWN 2 after extra time
Durning Lawrence Cornwall Charity Cup – First Round
Report Graham Drew
This was a pulsating end to end game of cup football with both sides serving up some great attacking football. The crowd, who braved the elements, were treated to a thrilling match that had everything including thirty minutes of extra time before the Peppermints emerged as winners to find themselves in the draw for the next round.
The game was barely five minutes old when Newquay were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Scott Palmer again enhanced his growing reputation has a dead ball specialist with a thunderbolt that left Tomas Drinka in the visitor’s goal grasping thin air as the ball flew into the net. Palmer almost doubled his side’s lead minutes later but his shot shaved the upright.
Luke Rigby then made a jinking run down the right and fed Luke Weldhen who shot narrowly wide with Drinka scrambling across his line. At the other end Callington set up a number of attacks and Ryan Lucassi and Ashley Pook went close. It was no surprise when Ryan McClements cut inside and beat three defenders before beating the diving Matt Armstrong – Ford with a low shot into the corner of the net to put his side back on level terms.
After the interval the visitors started the better and a mix up in the home defence saw the keeper spill the ball and he was adjudged to have fouled Lucassi and despite protests from the home players Mr Andre Howes awarded a penalty and from the spot Mike Norman sent the keeper the wrong way to give his side the lead.
Ashley Bradshaw made a darting run into the area but he was bundled over but the referee waved play on and another chance was gone. On the hour mark the classy Paul Hampshire took advantage of some good work on the left by Weldhen the former East Fife star coolly beat Drinka from the edge of the area for the equaliser. This was Hampshire’s first goal for the Peppermints and crowned a fine display by the midfielder.
Shaun Middleton combined well with Hampshire and Bradshaw and set up Palmer whose shot was cleared off the line with Drinka beaten. At the other end Aaron Bicknell made a great last ditch tackle to prevent McClements snatching a late winner.
The whistle sounded to end normal time in the gathering gloom with the scores still level, the floodlights came on to light up the leaden skies and Jake Hartigan rattled the visitor’s bar with the keeper beaten and at the other end, Armstrong –Ford had to be alert to deny Andy Harris.
Palmer was replaced by Matt Jose and a cross by Hartigan hit the bar and the tireless Middleton was first to react and he bundled the ball home to give his side the lead. After the break Rigby was replaced by Jamie Wigg and Callington did hit the bar but the ball was cleared and the home supporters could breathe again.
A great run and cross by Hartigan found Middleton in front of goal by he spooned the ball over from close range and the Newquay captain beat the ground in frustration. The Peppermints were not to be denied and another piece of magic by Hampshire who threaded a pass through for Bradshaw and he beat his man and then rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the empty net to put the result beyond doubt.
The final whistle sounded to end an enthralling match that was a credit to both teams and was a great advert for Cornish football. This was a match played out by two sides who tried to play football and there was hardly a bad tackle and both managers can be satisfied with the performances of their players. It was sweet revenge for the Peppermints who had been hammered by 4-1 in an earlier league encounter at Mount Wise.
After the match the impressive Ashley Bradshaw told the Newquay Voice that he had enjoyed his move into midfield and he was happy to be part of a superb team performance and his goal was the icing on the cake and hopefully this win will restart their league season. He was now hoping for a favourable home draw in the second round of the competition – who knows with local rivals Godolphin Atlantic in the draw what price a local derby!
Newquay – Armstrong – Ford, Bicknell, Bradshaw, James, McKune, Hampshire, Rigby [Wigg], Middleton, Weldhen, Palmer [Jose] and Hartigan [Morris]. Subs not used Harris and Chatfield.
Star Man Ashley Bradshaw[ a difficult choice in a game littered by towering performances by Hampshire, McKune , Middleton and Weldhen to name a few but Bradshaw had his best game since rejoining the Peppermints from Penryn Athletic].

Starting line up

  • Matt Armstrong-Ford

    Match rating: 8

  • Aaron Bicknell

    Match rating: 8

  • Ashley Bradshaw

    Match rating: 9

  • Chris James

    Match rating: 8

  • Sam McKune

    Match rating: 9

  • Paul Hampshire

    Match rating: 9

  • Luke Rigby

    Match rating: 8

  • Shaun Middleton

    Match rating: 9

  • Luke Weldhen

    Match rating: 9

  • Scott Palmer

    Match rating: 8

  • Jake Hartigan

    Match rating: 8


  • Jamie Wigg

    Match rating: 8

  • Matt Jose

    Match rating: 8

  • Andrew Morris

    Match rating: 8

  • Josh Harris

  • Ian Chatfield

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