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Helston Blues 2. Falmouth Town 0
There were no blues for Falmouth’s under fifteens despite falling just short in this Kernow Cup quarter final.
Despite having no Tommy Clifford, no Thomas Andrews and no Dawid Zanowski, as promised last week Town fought like terriers right from the off. Helston were the more physical team in terms of stature, but from the beginning Town played very much to their game plan and denied Helston any time on the ball.
The early pressing frustrated a Helston team packed with good individual players, but without time on the ball Falmouth’s pressing meant Helston could rarely play three passes in succession and indeed rather than pass they looked more often to play route one football with the long ball over top looking for Max Pattle to run on to.
Falmouth had set up for this tactic and played Jake Brown lying deeper off Sam George with keeper Sam Jones alert and on his toes also sweeping from the edge of his box.
Town unlike their opponents, when possible tried to play out from the back and on through their midfield, thereby looking to retain possession.
For Town the midfield triangle of Connor Gilbert, Max Everard and William Hart had a great first half working well as a unit and they nullified any Helston attacking threat. When Helston did try to come down the flanks they found two more Falmouth players really up for it ; Torin Trevethick-Beckerleg and Harris Economides at full-backs were both superb and in control, whilst at the centre Sam George and Jake Brown worked hard to play off each other and did not give Helston so much as a sniff at their goal.
As the half progressed Towns midfield playmakers, Everard and Hart, started to show good game controlling qualities and started getting their wide players Jordan Lawry and Ben Fewkes more and more into the attack and with Ben Hedges working hard at centre forward they continuously forced Helston back and it was Helston’s superb keeper, Sam Collins, who was the busier goalkeeper keeping his side in the game.
At the other end Falmouth’s keeper Sam Jones only real action was to safely gather up a tame long range free kick, with Helston’s only other real threats coming when they won corners.
A good first half where tactically Towns players had been superb, playing exactly to their game plan as asked, with the only downside being that for all their good work they had been unable to get the ball past Sam Collins.
With ten minutes of the second half gone Town lost centre forward Ben Hedges to a tweaked hamstring and with only a keeper on the bench, goalkeeper Sam Jones came out and took over at centre forward, with keeper Huw Roberts taking over in goal.
A more even half developed with both teams only creating half chances, until with ten minutes to go a footballing move down Falmouth’s right wing was finished with a superb ball across the Helston penalty area. It was the clearest chance of the game, and Sam Jones was in the right place. As he moved into position it would be Sam Jones v Sam Collins. As Jones went to strike the cross field ball it jumped on a divot and frustratingly carried away to safety and Helston were off the hook.
Helston’s main threat throughout the game was from aerial set pieces and Helston were dealt a massive slice of good fortune when from a corner to the back post the ball went into the Falmouth net for an unfortunate own goal off the back of Falmouth’s defender Jake Brown.
With time running out Town pushed more players into the attack which allowed opportunities for the impressive Jordan Greet and Harry Roberts to run at the spaces opening up and following good work from Roberts Helston scored a second with just four minutes left on the watch.
Far more important than moving into the next round of the cup, this performance from Town players showed that they are all learning how to play as a team and how to pay with passion and aggression, and this was a VERY good team performance.
Well done everybody.
Man of the match; Connor Gilbert.
Team… Sam Jones, Torin Trevethick-Beckerleg, Sam George, Harris Economides,Jake Brown, Connor Gilbert,
Max Everard, William Hart, Ben Fewkes, Jordan Lawry, Ben Hedges, Huw Roberts</p>