Cars on track in cup
42 Commando Royal Marines…1 Star Cars…4
DEVON FA Midweek Cup holders Star Cars progressed to this season's semi-finals but if the Commandos had taken their first half chances the result could have been closer.
The final scoreline did not really do the Commandos justice.
Spurred on in midfield by the influential Sam Logan, the Commandos made the early running with some flowing football but lacked a clinical finish in front of goal.
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Star Cars weathered the storm and went in front just before half-time through Jamie Grinrod.
The Commandos came out charged up for the second half and deservedly restored parity when Si Serrett applied the finishing touch to a well-worked move.
Star Cars regained the lead when Glyn Hobbs netted with a typical thunderbolt strike then Myles Easton made it 3-1 by tucking away a chance following a flowing move.
Back came 42 and they were denied a second goal after substitute Clinton Williams struck a post with a rasping drive.
A competitive cup tie, well controlled by referee Roger Martin, was finally put to bed for Star Cars when Mike Burke burst through the 42 defence before dispatching a fierce shot into the top corner.
UCP Marjon (III) …1 HM Naval Base…1
TWO well-matched sides contested this hard fought Premier Division encounter at HMS Drake with a draw probably a fair result.
After a goalless first half, Base went in front, albeit with a little luck, after Marjon 'keeper Danny Brown had made a good save from a penalty only to see the ball run loose for Bricknell to react quickest to find the net.
Midway through the second half, Marjon drew level when Liam Donovan ran at the Base defence to plant a scorcher into the top corner.