Sticker 1 Launceston 0
Sticker with one of the only few pitches playable after the recent rain since Boxing day, kicked off in bright winter sunshine and had to weather Launceston's early attacks and as the half wore on Sticker came into their own with plenty of possession and with Jack Walker starting at right back and Jason Rogers also playing in a more forward position Sticker had plenty of attacking options. Matt Lloyd was the lone striker in place of Jack Bowyer who was on the bench and also Andrew Butler playing a more attacking role. It was Andrew that had at least two chances to open the scoring half way through the first half. One chance was from a header when a deep cross found him running in at the far post, alas his effort went just over. The second chance when he was just through on goal but his chip over the onrushing keeper was not strong enough. Launceston started to come back into the game after their early onslaught but they to were unable to break the deadlock. Then just before half time came the best move of the match involving an excellent four man passing sequence and Matt Lloyd scoring into the far corner. 1-0. H/T.
The second half started with Sticker hoping to increase their lead and Matt Lloyd almost made it two but his shot went tantalisingly wide of the post so instead of putting the Launceston defence under more pressure they came under intense pressure themselves with the odd breakaway but could not increase their lead. The defence and midfield were the stars in this second half battling for every ball as the Launceston attack was relentless. The trouble is they played into Sticker's hands this half by hitting hopeful balls from defence into the Sticker defence. When they did get the ball on the ground they found little room for manouvre because of the tigresh tackling from the Sticker lads and when the defence was breached Ethan Ellwell in goal in place of cup-tied Jamie Blatchford was oustanding. Time for some substitutions Jack Bowyer on for Matt Lloyd but he was unable to make any impression on the launceston defence they were on this occasion able to match his lightening pace. Later on Joel Cockings on for Martin Duff and Rory Jarvis (Reserve Team Player) on for Jason Rogers. This added more pace to the right side which Jack Walker was able to help with driving Rory forward who has super pace and give the Sticker defence some respite. In the end Sticker held on to their slender lead and find themselves into the quarter final of the Senior cup. F/T. 1-0.
Team: E.Elwell. J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, F.McAvoy, B.Rosevear, M.Duff(J.Cockings), A.Butler, J.Rogers(R.Jarvis), M.Lloyd(J.Bowyer)