Helston Athletic Reserves 2, Chacewater 0
Helston Athletic Reserves lifted the Cornwall Junior Cup West Area trophy after defeating Chacewater at Porthleven’s Gala Parc on Wednesday night.
A 14th minute own goal from Craig Hitchens and Tom Lake’s strike in injury time sealed a deserved victory for the Trelawny League Premier Division side on a wet and windy evening on the south coast.
The Blues will now take their place on finals day on Easter Monday where they will meet Duchy League Division Four leaders Veryan, who were 3-2 victors over Pensilva on Tuesday evening.
It was a proud night for player-manager Graham Blake, who heaped praise on his players.
He said: “I thought every single one of them worked their socks off tonight and we got what we deserved.
“Finals days are always special occasions, and after the first-team got there last season (in the Cornwall Senior Cup final) it’s going to be another great occasion for the club.”
Blake couldn’t have asked for a better start when Alex Zamaneagra’s cross was headed into his own net by Hitchens with just 14 minutes on the clock.
Helston dominated the opening 45 minutes, though it was Trelawny League Division One leaders Chacewater who had the best chance to score when Steve Kellow’s header came off the top of the bar in the 20th minute.
Kellow was desperately unlucky not to equalise four minutes into the second half too when his drive rattled off the underside of the bar and down on the line.
Chacewater had their best spells in the second half but it was Helston, having defended so well in the closing stages, who had the ball in the net again in the 89th minute when captain Shaun Parker headed home Chris Matthews’ cross. However, Parker, who was outstanding on the night, had his effort chalked off for offside.
But the Blues made sure of victory a minute into stoppage time when , after Parker’s shot was blocked by Chacewater goalkeeper Russell Grice, the ball fell out to Lake who side-footed the ball into an empty net from the edge of the box.
After nine minutes of stoppage time referee Martin Clemens blew the final whistle and the celebrations could begin for Helston in front of a big crowd at Gala Parc.
Helston (rolling subs): B Hennessey, J Nolan, M Hallibone, G Blake, F Conway, P Reynolds, P Black, S Parker, A Zamaneagra, K Jacka, W Paul. Subs: Matthews, Huse, Eastwood, Bray, Lake.
Chacewater (rolling subs): R Grice, D Cooper, M Lloyd, D Peacock, S Kellow, L Kelland, M McIlroy, J Merrifield, C Shackley, B Hitchens, C Hitchens. Subs: J Dunstan, T Hitchens, K Lloyd, J Proctor.
Referee: Martin Clemens.