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News Archive > Sport > Millbrook lay ahead for Newquay

Millbrook lay ahead for Newquay

By Gareth Rowett 6th December 2017

Millbrook lay ahead for Newquay
HANDS ON: Newquay captain Jack Bray-Evans holds off a Wendron United defender during Saturday´s 2-1 win at Mount Wise

A DANNY O’Hagan double kept alive Newquay’s dream of lifting their first Cornwall Senior Cup in 26 years, as the Peppermints overcame the challenge of lower-division Wendron United.

Veteran O’Hagan showed his prowess from set-pieces, getting on the end of two to help reflect Newquay’s dominance, however, Wendron made things interesting when Andreas Callejastayne pulled a goal back late on. Tuesday’s draw for the third round handed Newquay a 100 mile round trip to south east Cornwall to face Millbrook, a repeat of last season’s quarter-final, which the Peppermints edged 4-2 in a memorable tie at Jenkins Park.

Lee Hawkins put the hosts in front during a fraught first-half. Newquay captain Jack Bray-Evans, pictured, levelled almost immediately with a powerful header but there was a sting in the tail as Peppermints goalkeeper Joe Crane saw red for handling the ball outside his area. Tom Payne restored Millbrook's lead from the resulting free-kick. 

The team's strong spirit shone through as Luke Weldhen put the 10-man Peppermints back on level terms before O'Hagan finally gave Newquay the lead. Bray-Evans added his second to create a much more comfortable final spell for Tony Mackellar's team.

Mackellar - who missed goalkeeper Zak Roberts, defender Harrie Tilston and midfielder Shaun Middleton during Saturday’s win - is well aware of the challenge that Millbrook pose but revealed he has labelled a Senior Cup final as a real possibility for his young side. 

He said: “We are quite happy with the draw, although not happy that we have to travel all that distance, although it could have been worse. We could be playing one of the top sides in our own division. We went there last year and I am sure they will want to get their own back, they had us on the ropes at 2-1 down and our goalkeeper had been sent off. Defender Connor Jamison played in goal and we managed to come back and win 4-2. That was probably the most interesting game I was involved in last season.

“We will go up there full of confidence. We sat down and said that we have as good a chance as anybody to get to the final of that cup. There are a lot of teams that, if they play well, they can beat anyone on the day because that is what the league is like at the moment - Stoke Gabriel proved that by beating Tavistock the other day. It is quite open that Cup, you always need a bit of luck, and you never know - you could make the final. We weren’t far off last year so we would like to go one step further but we have to get over Millbrook first and the jet-lag that comes from that!

“We started off well against Wendron and controlled the game for large periods. We kept the tempo going in the first-half and maybe should have taken one or two more chances. A little bit more quality in the last third and we would have put it to bed a little earlier. At 1-0 at half-time we keep them in the game instead of them keeping themselves in the game. It was a typical cup game, we didn’t play as well as we have done in previous games, but we did enough to get through. I think if they had upped it a little bit then we were able to up it again. 

“They got a goal back and all of a sudden it became a lot closer than it actually was and, to be fair, they could very well have scored in the last minute to get an equaliser. That was a bit of naivety, that started from our own corner, we gave the ball away twice and very nearly got punished. That is where we are still learning, we have still got a young side. 

“We have been working on corners so it is nice that something we have been working on has come off. We have got quite a bit of height in there really and we try to utilise that.”

By Gareth Rowett 6th December 2017

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