A deft header into the bottom corner in the 85th minute from Jack Rapsey secured Penryn Athletic all three points and bragging rights in a 2-3 away win over Wendron United at Underlane.

The hosts could have been a goal up within two minutes when club top scorer Cameron Wheat was played in down the left, but his effort was straight at Robathan in the Penryn goal.

Penryn's first big chance to open the scoring came in the 19th minute when Morgan Vallejo expertly brought down a chipped through ball from James Daniel, but his shot was tame and rolled into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Penryn were then denied what looked to be a certain goal in the 28th minute. after breaking down the right Daniel picked out Rapsey with a low cross, but Rapsey's goal-bound finish was somehow blocked by a last-ditch sliding challenge by Joe Souch.

They didn't have to wait long to break the deadlock, however, because three minutes later they were in front. Another swift breakaway saw Rapsey pick out Daniel on the far right with an incisive pass. The wingers low cross found the unmarked Kyle Cooke, who was in for the suspended Ryan Reeve, and he had the simple task of tapping in to make it 0-1.

Cooke nearly doubled their lead on their next attack in the 33rd minute with an outrageous chipped effort from 40 yards. But the ball curled just wide of the goal.

Wendron grew back into the game and got the goal their pressure had warranted in the 43rd minute. Charlie Young was afforded time and space to swivel and shoot in the area. His effort arrowed into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1.

After the break Wendron, as they have so often this season, started the second half brightly and thought they should have had a penalty in the 54th minute. Jack Noy pulled off a nice one-two to get in behind the Wendron defence, his shot was wide of the target but felt he was fouled by a sliding tackle from Russell May after the ball had gone. The protests were swiftly waved away.

At the hour mark, Wendron took the lead for the first time in the game. A corner was cleared away only as far as Souch, the full-back beat his man and delivered an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Cameron Wheat who diverted the ball into the top corner to score his tenth of the season.

Following this Penryn Manager Harry Pope subbed on Jak Davies for Cooke and the change of formation paid off as Athletic equalised shortly after with a well-worked team goal.

A ball was switched over to the right side to the overlapping Jake Shaw. The full-back had the intelligence to play the ball first time to Daniel and he got to the ball ahead of the keeper to knock the ball into the far corner in the 71st minute.

It was to be Daniel's last input of the game as he picked up an injury in scoring the goal.

The goal resulted in an exciting last twenty minutes to the game as both sides went in search of a winner. Vallejo was denied in the 83rd minute for Penryn when his dummy and curling shot was well saved by the outstretched hand of Ethan Fearn in the Wendron goal.

They weren't to be stopped in the 85th minute however as Rapsey won Penryn the match. The substitute Davies was given time to cut inside and curl a dangerous ball into the area where Rapsey was unmarked. The forward used the pace of the ball to perfection as a deft flick from him guided the ball into the far corner to send Penryn into celebration and break Wendron hearts.

Wendron United 2-3 Penryn Athletic


Wendron United: C. Young, C. Wheat

Penryn: K. Cooke, J. Daniel, J. Rapsey

Wendron United:

E. Fearn, J. Souch, R. Carrol, M. Roberts, L. Padgeth, S. Young, C. Young, J. Noy, J. Stocker, C. Wheat

Subs: S. Palmer, F Waiters, M. O'Neil

Penryn Athletic:

A. Robathan, J. Shaw, R. May, K. McPhilbin, N. Boase, B. Leivers, M. Vallejo, A. Hayhoe, K. Cooke, J. Rapsey, J. Daniels

Subs: A. Williams, W. Williams, F. Harris, J. Davies, C. Powell