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Football: SWPL round-up - May 8

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

GOLDEN BOOT: Mark Goldsworthy scores with a spectacular volley in Helston Athletic's 5-1 win over Foxhole Stars on Bank Holiday Monday. Keith Richards.

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HELSTON Athletic's hopes of promotion were finally put to bed on Bank Holiday Monday – despite Sid Taylor's men easing to a 5-1 win over Foxhole Stars at Kellaway Parc.

Callington Town's 4-0 victory over Mousehole means it will be Lee Beer's men who will be taking their place in the CSWPL top flight next season and not the Blues.

Mark Goldsworthy all but wrapped up the golden boot award a second successive year after scoring a hat-trick to take his tally to 34 for the season.

Liam Eddy scored twice as in-form Truro City recorded a 3-2 win at Dobwalls.

Scott Palmer was also on target for City, who have won six of their last seven league games.

They will finish the season in fifth if they beat promoted Callington at Treyew Road on Monday.

Penryn Athletic completed their season with a 2-0 win over Holsworthy at Kernick.

Dave Broglino and Russell May were on target for Athletic.


THERE was no fairy tale ending for Porthleven player-manager Dennis Annear in his final game as a player, against former club Truro City at Treyew Road.

The Port No.1 made a couple of smart saves, but was beaten three times in the Fishermen's final game of the season, though at least, one of his sons, Jordan, got the visitors' goal in a 3-1 defeat.

The 43-year-old keeper has had a long and distinguished playing career with a number of top Cornish clubs, but has now decided to hand up his gloves and concentrate on managing a young and talented Porthleven side at Gala Parc.

It could have all been so different if Porthleven had taken their chances in the first half.

They could almost have been out of sight before Olly Brokenshire headed the home side ahead three minutes before the break.

Liam Hunter could have had a hat-trick, while Jordan Annear also missed a couple of good openings.

And in first half stoppage time, Liam Eddy made it 2-0 after pouncing on a defensive mistake.

In the second half there was little between the sides before Eddy made the game safe nine minutes from time beating the unfortunate Annear to the ball and walking the ball into the empty net.

Jordan Annear soon pulled a goal back, but it was too little too late and all that was left was for a disappointed Annear to receive the plaudits at the end of a top class playing career.

Helston Athletic ensured themselves a top three finish as three second half goals earned them a rather flattering 4-1 victory at Penzance.

The home side competed well, particularly in an even first half, despite falling behind after only eight minutes when Tom Russell headed home at the near post from Jamie Thomson's right-wing corner.

Both goalkeepers were in fine form with Helston's county youth keeper James Wignall producing a top drawer save to deny Lewis Caspell's curling effort while the Magpies stand-in custodian Scott Halliday pulled off a couple of superb stops to keep out strikes from former Magpies winger Jamie Thirkle, Mark Goldsworthy and Charlie Young before half-time.

The visitors doubled their lead five minutes after the interval though when Mark Goldsworthy; shot gave Halliday no chance, and three minutes later it was 3-0 with Chris Strike sent the Magpies keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

The Magpies deservedly pulled a goal back with 25 minutes remaining when a free kick to the back post was turned in by Jamie Payne.

But it was Helston who restored their three-goal advantage 10 minutes later when Thomson's 35-yard effort eluded everyone in a crowded penalty area to nestle in the bottom left corner.

After the match referee Andre Howes received a guard of honour from both teams after officiating in his final match, on the same ground he had started out 17 years earlier.

The Mousehole-based official was a ball-boy at Penlee Park in the club's successful days in the former South Western League in the early 1970s before refereeing his first match in Senior football in August 1999, which saw Penzance reserves beaten 3-0 by Illogan RBL in a Jolly's Cornwall Combination League fixture.

Will Scoley was Penryn Athletic's match winner as they came from behind to defeat Foxhole Stars 2-1 at Goverseth Park.

After Brett Cole had cancelled out a Ben Oliver header, Scoley struck in the 76th minute when his thunderous drive.

Foxhole were unlucky not to equalise, with Liam Paddock and Cole hitting the woodwork.

Perranporth ended a disappointing campaign on a high note after making it back-to-back wins with a 2-0 victory at Holsworthy.

Josh Burton's far post finish gave the Pilchards the lead on the hour, before Bryan Hawke made sure of victory with their second in the 75th minute.

In the premier division Darren Hicks rescued a point for Torpoint Athletic at home to Falmouth Town, who had taken an early second half lead through Andy Westgarth.

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