WITH the 2019/20 football season coming to an abrupt halt, Packet sports reporter Matt Friday has picked his three favourite moments from the past campaign.

Lights on at the Dron

“Wendron United's first-ever home match under floodlights ended in defeat as Penzance ran out 2-1 winners in their South West Peninsula League Premier West game on September 17.

Joe Souch had given Wendron the lead at the Underlane but goals from Gary Bell and Kevin Lawrence saw the visitors enjoy a slender half-time advantage, with the hosts unable to claw their way back into the game after the break as their three-game winning run came to an end.

There was a bumper attendance at the Underlane to witness a piece of Wendron history, with the club's newly installed floodlights being switched on for a match for the very first time.”

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It was a brilliant moment in local football history when Wendron played under their brand-new floodlights for the first time, and it was a privilege to be among the first group of people to watch a floodlight game at the Underlane.

It was yet another step on the community club’s remarkable progression as they continues to punch above their weight and, despite being in one of the smallest, most remote locations, provide top-class facilities, four senior football teams and a first team at the top level of football in the county.

It was also a fine tribute to dearly departed chairman Kevin Williamson, who had died seven-and-a-half months earlier. He had been instrumental in getting the club to a position where it could obtain the lights, so it was a fitting way to honour him.

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Young Blues go (to Forest) Green

“Helston Athletic’s history-making run in the FA Youth Cup came to an end at the hands of English Football League Two side Forest Green Rovers in their first round proper tie.

The Blues made their debut appearance in the national first round proper after navigating four qualifying rounds to set up the tie at the EFL League Two side, but succumbed to a 5-0 defeat at The New Lawn.

Destiny Oladipo settled the higher-division hosts with an early goal before doubling the lead midway through the half.

Daniel Bradshaw all but sealed the tie in the final moments of the first half, with Dylan Morgan and Oladipo adding gloss to the score late on.”

READ MORE: Blues' dream FA Youth Cup run comes to an end at Forest Green Rovers

Yes, this was a 5-0 defeat – but it meant so much more than the scoreline.

The young Blues had already created Cornish sporting history by negotiating four tough rounds to mix it with the professional sides in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup, an incredible achievement given Helston had only made their debut in the competition 12 months earlier.

Their reward for beating Longwell Green Sports, Street, Brislington and Brockenhurst was a trip to EFL League 2 side Forest Green Rovers – some six divisions higher than the Blues.

And while they were beaten by the pros on the pitch, the whole occasion was a wonderful experience for the whole club and the supporters, and just reward for the club’s continued growth on and off the pitch.

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Falmouth Packet:

Town pull off the unthinkable

“Luke Brabyn's extra-time penalty secured an incredible victory for Falmouth Town in their FA Vase second round proper tie at home to Longlevens.

Goals from Shaun O'Connor and Harry Emmett looked to have given the Hellenic League Premier Division side victory, but Brabyn's 90th-minute penalty and Jack Webber's dramatic injury-time strike sent the game to extra time, with Brabyn netting from the spot again to seal a famous win.”

READ MORE: Brabyn's extra-time spot-kick seals incredible comeback for Falmouth Town

It’s that classic sporting comeback story. A team, two goals down with a couple of minutes to go and staring defeat in the face, pulls off the miracle comeback with two quick goals to send the game to extra-time.

Enter Falmouth Town and Jack Webber, whose last-gasp leveller probably goes down as my favourite ‘moment’ of my two-and-a-bit years at the Packet so far.

The coming together of players and supporters after Webber’s long-range lob caressed the back of the net were a joy to behold, with a Twitter video of it – filmed by yours truly – being viewed nearly half a million times.

The scenes of unbridled joy encapsulated what we love about football – and sport. A moment of pure ecstasy and disbelief at what had just happened.

READ MORE: FINAL WORD: Falmouth Town 3-2 Longlevens AET

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