City Police lack vital cutting edge in George Lang Cup exit
LARRY SPEARE DEVON WEDNESDAY LEAGUE GEORGE LANG CUP Royal Marine Band…4 City Police…2
THIS sporting second round tie saw the Band take their chances, while Police could only take a couple.
Anthony Riley opened the scoring for the Bandsmen with a 10th minute penalty but within minutes Police levelled thanks to a Luke Critchley strike after catching Riley dawdling on the ball in his own area.
Band regained the lead with a Darren Spurgeon shot that took a deflection to loop over the Police goalkeeper.
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As Police failed to put away several chances the Band went 3-1 up through Richie Hope who took full advantage of a mix-up in the Police defence.
Riley then made up for his earlier error by netting his side's fourth with a speculative cross-cum-shot.
Police pulled one back with the goal of the game, Lee Sheldon running through from the halfway line before tucking away a fine finish.
University (V)…2 Star Cars…3
DIVISION One's University gave unbeaten Premier leaders Star Cars a run for their money, only losing this second round tie to a couple of late Glyn Hobbs goals.
Star Cars had only eight players at the start of the game and before late arrivals brought them up to full strength.
They fell behind to a 20th minute strike by Lewis who had earlier hit a post.
Before the break Jamie Grinrod squared matters finishing a neat one-on-one with the Uni 'keeper who was outstanding.
University went back in front with a Parker penalty after he had been tripped in the box and just as it looked as though an upset was on the cards up popped Hobbs to restore parity on 80 minutes.
Five minutes later Hobbs netted his second to put Cars in the driving seat.
Devonport High School…1 Dukes (B)…1 (AET) (Dukes won 6-5 on pens)
THIS first round tie was played in tricky conditions and it was Devonport who broke the deadlock through a Connor Philips penalty after 'keeper Gavin Kirkman had clattered into a Dukes forward.
Dukes battled away and deservedly forced extra-time thanks to a strike by Kiani from Minshall's cross.
The match went into a penalty shoot out which saw each side net four, taking the match into sudden death where Dukes ended up 6-5 victors.
42 Commando…7 Discovery College…1
COMMANDOS were too strong and physical for a young Discovery College.
Commandos built up a three-goal lead courtesy of Ed Palmer, Marco Seretti and Tim Austin before Harry Giles knocked on a header for Lewis Sneap to reduce the deficit.
Discovery held their own for the first quarter hour of the second half before tired legs took their toll resulting in Commandos running in a further four goals from Seretti, Austin (2) and Sam Cook.
Students Union…0 Lipson Community College…6
LIPSON maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic first round success over their Premier Division opponents.
PREMIER DIVISION University (IV)…1 Dukes (A)…0
DUKES made a lively start in this all-uni encounter and were unlucky not to take the lead when Lalee hit the post following a well-worked move.
Twenty minutes in Uni took the lead against the run of play but from thereon the Dukes 'keeper excelled as Uni launched a fierce onslaught on his goal.
Isa missed a good chance to increase the lead but once again the Dukes 'keeper won man of the match with a stunning save at the death.
HM Naval Base…0 Marjon (III)…1
UCP recorded their first win of the season after a hard fought tussle with the sailors at HMS Drake.
To be fair the result could have gone either way but UCP took the points thanks to Stew Walbridge's second half header.
DIVISION ONE 29 Commando…0 Marjon (IV)…6
THE Commandos, playing their first match of the season, were outgunned by an impressive Marjon outfit who strolled to a fine victory at Millbay Park.
UCP led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Michael Barron and Sam Langley.
Second half strikes by Barron, Langley, Calum Toome and Maz ensured the points went to the academics.