2007 LAUNCESTON K.O CUP Final
LAMERTON 5-0 PENSILVA
Paul Cowling, Steve Gibbings
Zak Beesley, James Healey(2)
Lamerton's penultimate game of the season saw them finally collect some silverware. Having already beaten Bere Alston and Launceston to reach the final, the game was something of a stroll for Lamerton as Boscastle tried their best to compete.
Lamerton took the lead after twelve minutes. Good work from Paul Cowling down the right allowed Zak Beesley to strike from close range. The second goal came soon after from an Andy Williams cross; Steve Gibbings arriving at the back post to head home. Lamerton captain Simon Breyley and Boscastle striker Mark Gusterson repetitive petty scuffles saw them enter the referee’s book and Boscastle nearly got a goal when Paul Breyleys back pass was mis-kicked by Pete Daniel; the ball rolled toward goal, but embarrassments were spared as it whistled just past the post.
The second half was a comfortable and efficient display from Lamerton. Cowling was finding more joy out wide and he beat two men to set up the third. He pulled a good ball back for Beesley just inside the area and his strike was firm enough to find the net via the hand of Boscastle keeper Dave Bosley. The influential Boscastle captain Jonathon Bosley then ran into some bad luck in the form of another players head as he badly cut his forehead and had to be substituted.
Lamerton continued their dominance and the last two goals came in similar fashion; midfielder James Healy who was constantly running through from the middle unattended scored them both. He raced clear of the defence for the first to just poke the ball past the onrushing Bosley and the fifth goal was a fine left foot strike, guided into the far corner after another Cowling pull back. Cowling who had deserved a goal should have scored a sixth when Dave Byworth, one on one, unselfishly set up his team mate for an open goal, but Cowling unfortunately mis-hit his effort.
It was the first win in this competition for Lamerton, who had previously reached a final back in 1957. The crowd in a good post match presentation applauded both teams.