Local rivals St Austell and St Blazey will go head to head at Newquay’s Mount Wise this evening for a place in next month’s Cornwall Senior Cup final – and you can catch all the latest action via our live blog.
It promises to be an action-packed night on the north coast as these CSWPL premier division foes not only battle for local pride, but a place in the final of Cornwall’s most prestigious cup competition, which takes place at Wadebridge Town’s Bodieve Park on Easter Monday, April 21.
Kick off is at 7.30pm but you can catch all the latest team news before the big game via www.cornishguardian.co.uk/sport
Phil Lafferty’s St Austell go into tonight’s game on the back of a 2-2 draw with Elburton Villa at the weekend, while St Blazey boss Bobby Oaten will be looking for a positive response from his players following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Camelford.
The Lillywhites are no strangers to Cornwall Senior Cup finals, having beat Saltash United 3-2 in 2009. In 2011 they reached the final again, only to lose 3-2 to Bodmin Town.
St Blazey, meanwhile, will be bidding to reach their first Senior Cup final since 2003 when they were beaten on penalties by Liskeard Athletic. The Green & Blacks had previously won the competition three consecutive years with wins over Porthleven (2000 and 2001) and Liskeard (2002).
St Austell have enjoyed a relatively comfortable passage to the semi-finals this season. In round two they overcame Perranporth 4-1, before defeating premier division rivals Torpoint Athletic 2-0. They sealed their place in the semi-finals thanks to a 6-3 win over Combination League side St Day.
St Blazey have had a much more difficult route to tonight’s semi-final. In the second round they beat last year’s finalists Helston Athletic 3-2 and in round three they disposed of division one west leaders Sticker 4-3. Their toughest tie, however, came in the quarter-finals against Godolphin Atlantic at Blaise Park. But Oaten’s men produced one of their best performances of the season to win 1-0.
The winners of tonight’s game will meet either cup holders of the last four seasons, Bodmin Town, or Saltash United. They play their tie at St Blazey tomorrow night, where, again, you will be able to keep up to date with all the latest action via our blog at www.cornishguardian.co.uk/sport
The referee at Mount Wise tonight is Martin Ault of Lanner, with his assistants George Pattison and David Dodson. Fourth official is Nigel D’Arcy.
Tomorrow night’s officials are referee Ian Roberts (Camborne) and assistants Michael Wroblewski and Ryan Cornelius. Fourth official is Chris Stevens.