Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Staveley United Reserves. (Peter Daws Memorial Cup)

On what was one of if not the hottest days of the year, Penrith hosted Staveley at Frenchfields in the semi-final of the Peter Daws Memorial Cup.

The winner would meet Burneside FC in the final after they overcame Penrith Royal 2-1, the date and time of the final is yet to be confirmed.

You would be forgiven for feeling that this would be a one sided affair considering the two league meetings between the two sides, however in the cup, anything can happen.

The game opened very evenly, with both teams having some half chances, but the home team went ahead through midfielder Luke Hunter after he beat his man and rolled the ball in the bottom corner.

Once the first goal went in, Penrith quickly added to their lead, an instinctive finish from Nathan Kerr after another shot had been blocked and later midfielder Declan Moore beat a number of players before putting his chance away from a tight angle, meaning the home side went into half time 3-0 up and seemingly in control.

After half time though it was Staveley who started quicker, scoring after 10 seconds of the half kicking off. Game on.

Late in the game the weather took its toll, both teams tired in the very sunny weather and the game became very end to end, neither team could find the net again despite both having chances.

The game ended 3-1, meaning Penrith advance to the final, and that leaves them with two games of the season left, one in the league and one in the cup, both against Burneside.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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