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|Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:32 pm Post subject: Devon Bowl : Liverton United v Torquay United
|Devon St Lukes Bowl 2nd Round
Liverton United 2 Torquay United 2
(Torquay won 3-0 on penalties)
Liverton United made their debut in the Devon Bowl competiion, having stepped up from the Devon Premier Cup which they had won in the last two seasons.
As Liverton have yet to install lights the tie was staged at Devon County FA HQ in Coach Road, Newton Abbot - the same location that Liverton had won their 2 Premier Cup finals.
Torquay fielded a young side that included a sprinkling of fringe first teamers and YTS players, but despite the heavy conditions the Liverton squad matched their opponents despite facing a team of professional players,.
The Gulls took the lead after just 6 minutes with Saul Halpin heading home from 8 yards but within 4 minutes the sides were level. Gulls keeper Martin Rice was a tad fortunate to only receive a yellow card as he conceeded a penalty that was duly despatched by Nick Rudge to make it 1-1.
The scores remained level through the half time break but Liverton shocked the Gulls when they took the lead 6 minutes after the break when Jamie Chamberlain burst through. His initial shot was blocked by Rice but Chamberlain reacted first to prod home the loose ball.
With a quarter of an hour to go Torquay levelled when Tom Cruise fired in from the edge of the box with an angled drive to make it 2-2. With no further goals the 2-2 score stood at 90 minutes and in the Bowl ties go straight to penalties rather than extra time first.
Torquay went first and scored through both Saul Halpin and Thompson whilst Simon Laughton hit the bar and Dan Kingscote fired over for Liverton. Liverton keeper Ben Hardie then saved the Gulls 3rd spot kick but they then failed to register as Craig Fenner saw his spot kick saved by Rice. That allowed Baker to fire in the winning penalty to record a 3-0 scoreline with Liverton not taking their last 2 kicks.
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