FALMOUTH Town manager Andrew Westgarth praised his side's response to going behind twice as they went on to beat St Blazey 3-2 and reach the Walter C Parson League Cup semi-finals.

The 2018 champions fell behind after less than 60 seconds when Levi Landricombe fired in for the visitors, before an own goal restored parity ten minutes into the second half.

An own goal of their own put the Green and Blacks back in front on 70 minutes, but David Broglino levelled from the spot in the 83rd minute, before Luke Johnson fired in the winner with fewer than three minutes left of the 90.

It was the fifth time this season that Town have recovered from a losing position to win a cup tie, after comeback victories over Helston Athletic in the Cornwall Senior Cup and FA Vase, Longlevens in the FA Vase and Penzance in the Cornwall Charity Cup.

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"We always do it, don't we?" Westgarth said. "Going behind and coming back to win a game of football is what we do in cups. I'm immensely proud of the boys because you always fear the worst.

"For them to score such an unfortunate goal with 15 to go, you do generally fear the worst, but I thought our response and how we came back into the game was excellent and it just epitomised everything that we're about."

When asked what he put his side's ability to recover from losing positions down to, Westgarth said: "Just belief, because we've done it so many times before. If you're in uncharted territory you do fear it, whereas the guys know that we've been in this position so many times, the list is endless of how many times we've come from behind in cups."

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Westgarth hailed forward Johnson, who was heavily involved in Town's success, scoring the winning goal and delivering the cross that led to Town's first equaliser, while having several other efforts on goal during the 90 minutes.

Johnson has been in fine scoring form of late, netting five times in his previous four games prior to last night's tie.

"I thought Jonno [Johnson] tonight was just immense," Westgarth said.

"Before Christmas if Jonno went clean through he would panic or try and take the leather off it and nine times out of ten they were going in the car park, but since Christmas he's on a hell of a good goalscoring run, and his goals are just composure.

"If you hit the ball in the right area you either get corners, you get free kicks, you get deflections, you get goals, and that's what he got. I'm delighted for him and delighted for the boys."

The victory has secured Town's place in the semi-finals for the third season running. Westgarth's side went all the way in 2018, beating Tavistock 4-2 after extra time in the final, before losing 1-0 to Saltash United in last season's showpiece.

They will now face the winners of Bovey Tracey and Mousehole's quarter-final – due to be played on Saturday – at St Austell's Poltair Park in the semi-finals on Wednesday, March 25, with Town potentially 90 minutes away from a third successive final appearance.

"We like this competition," Westgarth said. "I said to the boys before the game that sometimes when the draw is made before you play the quarter-final you can take your eyes off the ball and it was important that we just dealt with tonight.

"A lot of the supporters were getting carried away with final ans semi-finals and days out, it was important that we kept our feet on the ground.

"To win a cup competition, it just shows how hard it is. We've still got some top, top sides to play, whether that's Bovey Tracey or Mousehole, we've got a lot of work to do yet."