Fishermen into the Premier semi finals for the first time ever
Lapford go out on penalties as their long unbeaten run ended
Dramatic scenes at Furzebrake after Beer Albion qualified for the first time ever for the semi finals of the Sportslighting Devon Premier cup. A highly entertaining battle against Premier division rivals Lapford ended in a 3-3 draw and then Beer won the penalty shoot-out 10-9 after the Lapford keeper Matt Parsell smashed his kick against the crossbar. The action started with a missed first minute penalty by the Albion, saved by Parsell, and that set the tone for the coming drama. Lapford then led 1-0 at the break and in a supercharged second half the two teams eventually settled with pens. For Beer the goals in normal time came from Charlie Skilton, Alex Pagett and Tony Pinder, and for Lapford from Chris Burrow 2 and Ryan Clarke. Defeat was the first for Lapford in over a year in any competition.
In the Sportslighting Devon Senior Cup Topsham Town surprised Alphington 3-1 to stake their place in the semi finals. Goals from Ant Gaynor, Jack O’Neill and Toby Wetherall did the job for Topsham.
Teignmouth are also through after beating Tipton St John 4-0, but Newton St Cyres are out after they went down narrowly 2-1 at Kingsteignton.
Hopes of an all Joma league semi final in the A & S Paving Devon Intermediate cup were ended with Bickleigh slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Ivybridge Town and Falcons going down 3-0 at Walden Athletic.
However St Thomas Social Club made it through winning 3-1 at former winners Lifton, and Starcross Dons are into the last four with a 3-0 win at Park Rangers.
There were also two Bill Slee cup ties played. Devon Yeoman went through after a solid 4-0 win at home to Feniton, while Hemyock came good winning 3-2 at St Martins after falling in arrears. Finn Buckley 2 and Ewan Duncan with the Hemyock goals, Hugh Stronge an Josh Jays for the Exminster team.
Sunday 6th February 2022