Truro College: 1
Squad: T. Coles, K. Williams, Z. Williams (c), B. Donez, W, Medlicott, C. O’Brian, J. Smith, M. Hosking, B. Jennison, R. Beman, J.McCabe, D. Slevin, E. Rowe,
Cornwall College travelled to local rivals Truro College in the first derby of the season, Cornwall started brightly with a good tempo both in attacking and with their defending, this closed out any pace the Truro players had. Cornwall grew into the game and the first chance fell to Jay Smith (CCCa) who turned well in the box but dragged his shot wide of the target. Truro had a succession of free kicks & corners which were well defended, Tom Coles (Duchy) commanding the defence and making two or three routine saves. The deadlock was broken on the half hour, Walter Medlicott (Duchy) racing onto a through pass from Smith and slotting neatly into the corner of the net. Truro had a goal ruled out for offside when Cornwall’s defence lost concentration for a split second; this was the break we needed. Mitch Hosking (Duchy) stood in disbelief as his 25 yard drive cannoned back of the bar just before the break.
H/T 0 - 1
Truro began the second half with more urgency and with a few positional changes they began to look dangerous down the left flank, Cornwall needed a dominant presence in the middle of the pitch and in one moment of danger two players stood up to the plate, Zack Williams (CCCa) winning three headers under extreme pressure and then Rhys Beman (Duchy) throwing himself into a block, this galvanised the Cornwall players and as one they turned the screw on the Truro team, Callum O’Brian (Duchy) and Meddlicot marauding down the left flank, twice Meddlicott could have extended the lead but the Truro keeper did well to save. Cornwall finally extended their lead as Smith showed great strength to hold off the Truro defence and turn to fire in left footed from the edge of the box. Cornwall did concede a scrappy goal as a Truro player was left unmarked at the back post to head in, a frantic final 15 minutes was in order. Cornwall soaked up endless pressure and secured the three points with a cracking own goal, O’Brian striking from distance and with only the corner flag in danger a Truro player stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past his own keeper.
F/T 1- 3
Man of the Match – Take your pick!
Donkey of the Day – Mitch (keep playing) Hosking