Rowett Insurance League Cup
Tavistock AFC Reserves 3
TAVISTOCK RESERVES defeated top of the table Torpoint in this Rowett Insurance League Cup Final at St Blazey on Easter Sunday. It was a great team performance and they thoroughly deserved their victory in front of a good sized crowd.
The opening ten minutes were even with both teams probing for an opening, but it was the Lambs that had the first opportunity when Scot Rennie's great cross field pass put Jack Crago clear, but his shot was well wide of the target.
Torpoint then had their chance when they attacked down the left flank; a great cross found King but his header went way over the bar.
Tavistock took the lead on the half hour when a good pass from Scott Wellington found Rennie, who showed great skill as he controlled the ball, then picked his spot and rifled the ball into the net. Back came Torpoint as they forced a corner kick but their effort was well saved by Walkey.
Torpoint were now having their best spell in the game and their centre forward crashed the ball against the cross bar but fortunately for Tavistock the ball was cleared.
Then just before the interval the Torpoint right back was shown a straight red card for a terrible challenge on Crago, reducing Torpoint to ten men for the remainder of the game.
Torpoint did not allow this to affect their performance and started the second half with real purpose. They had a couple of chance to draw level but never really tested the Lambs' keeper, and with the back four that were in fine form they found it difficult to create many opportunities.
Tavistock increased their lead in the 75th minute when a fine ball set Crago free; the goal keeper tried to take him out well outside the penalty area but Crago rolled the challenge beat two covering defenders, before slotting the ball into the net.
The Lambs made the game safe in the 83rd minute when another long cross field ball found Rennie who coolly lobbed the keeper from 20 yards.
Two minutes later Torpoint were awarded a penalty when a foul was committed in the penalty area, but the penalty taker blasted the ball against the cross bar and the ball was cleared.
The best team won on the day and this was a great result and team effort against a team that has only lost two games all season.
Team manager Stewart Cawte and assistant Steve Cook are to be congratulated in bringing together a side of young talented players that can compete with the best in the league. The players can be proud of their achievements this season but must continue to produce this form for the remaining matches.
Manager Stewart Cawte was delighted. He told the Times: 'All season this group of players have battled together and we have worked hard to improve every week. Now the lads have been rewarded and, in beating the best team in the league, we have picked up our first trophy in many years and certainly there should be more to come.'