St Day 1, Illogan 2
AN INSPIRED goalkeeping display from Barrie-John Wyatt helped Illogan back to the top of the table after overcoming title rivals St Day in a pulsating clash at Vogue.
A debut goal from Luke Wort and a Dominic Pullen strike sent the visitors on their way, but Wyatt was the real hero making a number of fine saves, including a penalty from Chris Tolley, which insured victory.
It was a harsh lesson for St Day, who dominated the majority of the match but paid the price for not taking their chances.
Manager Matt Harris said after the game that he thought the best team had lost and felt his title rivals were getting the rub of the green at the moment, something he hopes changes soon.
He said: "I just feel Illogan have got the luck and the momentum at the moment but I tell you one thing, there is a long way to go and we won't be far away come the end of the season."
Illogan boss Mike Pascoe was ecstatic at the final whistle, and believes the win was vital for his team's title charge.
He said: "They threw everything at us and should have punished us with their chances, but Barrie was the difference in goal.
"We have a strong squad now and the win puts us in good shape for the rest of the season."
St Day dominated the first half from the off, with Wyatt denying Gavin Boon inside the first minute, but they found themselves a goal down just three minutes later in controversial circumstances.
Defender Matt Witts appeared to be barged off the ball unfairly by Pullen but referee Paul Butler waved play on, and after the Illogan front man found Wort, the new signing from Falmouth Town made no mistake, powerfully heading past Ryan Gendall from eight yards.
The goal left the home side stunned, but they continued to attack and should have been level eight minutes later.
Shane Richards' header from a Dan Ellis free-kick looked destined for the top corner but was somehow tipped on to the bar by Wyatt and cleared to safety.
And Wyatt was called in to action shortly after, again denying Boon who took advantage of a mistake from Sam Emery but lacked composure with his finish. The Saints continued to press but Illogan somehow went in at the break with their lead still intact, before doubling it ten minutes after the restart.
After Dan Bowman glanced a header wide from close range, Pullen made no mistake when he was given a chance, pouncing on a loose ball from a corner and bundling over the line.
The goal seemed to have ended any hope of a St Day comeback, but they were given a lifeline after 61 minutes when Emery brought down Boon in the box.
Tolley stepped up to take the penalty, but was denied by Wyatt who saved well low to his right. It looked like nothing was going to get past the Illogan stopper, but he was finally beaten by a spectacular overhead kick from substitute Mike Davies whose effort looped over Wyatt from 15 yards.
It set up a dramatic final 20 minutes which saw Gendall make two crucial saves late on before Boon had a golden opportunity to equalise but hit the post from six yards as Illogan held on for a vital victory.