Looe Town v Falmouth Town

2pm  6 October 2018

Cornwall Senior Cup, First Round
Looe Town 1 Falmouth Town 12 (att 25)

Cornwall's senior cup is one that continues to be taken seriously by the county's football clubs, and a victory for lowly Looe against Falmouth would have ranked as a major upset.

Sadly for the hosts any chance of that disappeared in the first five minutes as Falmouth, who play two leagues higher, scored twice. Surprisingly they didn't add a third goal until a minute before half time.

The second half was shooting practice for the visitors, as Looe's players tired having spent much of the game chasing the ball. It was good to see Looe score though, even though the tie was out of sight by the time they did.

Looe play in the top division of the East Cornwall Premier League, although they're bottom after a difficult start to their campaign. They deserve credit for the way they approached the challenge of South Peninsula League side Falmouth, not reverting to rough tactics and playing football for the entire 90 minutes.

The club plays at the Barbican Sports Field on the outskirts of East Looe. Facilities are basic but will soon improve when a new pavilion opens. The sloping and undulating pitch is roped off, with a pair of dugouts on one side, and beyond the far goal are some fantastic views of the coast.

The only surprise of the afternoon for me was the small crowd. Take away Falmouth's supporters, and a couple of groundhoppers, and there appeared to be very few locals. It's a shame the people of Looe didn't turn out in greater numbers to support their team in a game like this.

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