Penryn Athletic 5 – Saltash United 4

The visitors took an early lead when Neil Kennedy played a short pass, which Mike Roberts intercepted and crossed for Gareth Jones to beat Andy Avery at close range. However, in less than a minute Penryn’s Darren Burchell beat two defenders and put Matthew Drummond through to score.

Avery pulled off two great saves from Paul Baker and Roberts and after ten minutes the home side edged in front when Adam Trudgian’s corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Burchell’s first time shot screamed inside the upright for a fine goal.

But the lead didn’t last and five minutes later Saltash were on level terms when the home team were caught square at the back for Jones to lob the keeper. However, Penryn regained the lead when Trudgian’s corner caused panic in the Ashes’ defence for Dave Wilkinson to get the final touch to score.

During the second half of the game United equalised in the fifty-sixth minute when Adam Holland was ruled to have pushed Roberts in the box leaving Brian Jefferis to score from the spot. Both sides worked hard for another goal and after seventy minutes Burchell put Jamie Thirkle away and after cutting in, shot past Simon Zinn who had come out to narrow the angle.

The home side gained a 5-3 lead when Kennedy’s corner sailed straight in the Ashes’ net. Unfortunately Drummond and Jefferis joined Steve Murphy in the ref’s book before Saltash added a further goal to their tally in injury time when Baker was ruled to have been tripped from behind and Jones converted the spotkick to complete his hat-trick bringing the score-line up to 5-4.


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