2002 LAUNCESTON K.O CUP Final
SOUTHGATE UNITED 3-2 MORWENSTOW
Jimmy Shanks, Pete Keighley.................Dean Bryant, Mark Jenkin
Southgate United clinched a dramatic cup final win over Morwenstow in front of a large crowd at Pennygillam.
It was the Launceston side who made the brighter start and were rewarded when Jimmy Shanks scored from the penalty spot following a handling offence by Paul Jenkin.
Morwenstow began to force their way into the game and early in the second half the equaliser arrived. Mark Jenkin's shot was parried by Southgate 'keeper Nigel Dennis and Dean Bryant was on hand to force the ball home at the second attempt after Dennis had saved bravely.
The Greens then went on to have their best spell of the game but with Andy Karkeek and Jon Harrison in fine form for Southgate, they were unable to break through.
Djamel Bousahla had two efforts saved by Nigel Dennis and saw a close range strike come back off the crossbar before the game was interrupted by a succession of injuries. Morwenstow lost reliable defender Chris Bailey with a badly strained ankle and his defensive partner Adam James was held up for several minutes stretching to clear a Southgate effort from the goal line.
As the game crept into injury time the drama was only just beginning. Southgate regained the lead when Ashley Rowland produced a superb free kick for Pete Keighley to score with a brilliant looping header.
Morwenstow had no choice but to throw men forward, Neil Boushala's shot struck the post and the ball was eventually scrambled out to Mark Jenkin who lashed home the second equaliser from the edge of the area.
From the kick off Southgate broke down the left and following a shirt pulling offence by Adam Tape on Dave Wilkinson, referee Jeff Rutherford pointed to the penalty spot for the second time. Peter Keighley took the penalty and sent 'keeper Sam Crouch the wrong way to complete a memorable win.
After beating the Cornwall Junior Cup winners in the final and the Duchy Premier champions in the semi-final, few can argue that Southgate didn’t deserve to win the Launceston Cup