Last weekend Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union’s hockey club, CSM Hockey (Camborne School of Mines) won the Cornwall County Cup.
Having qualified from their group, they played Truro (A) and then Duchy first XI in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. Both teams are in the league above CSM Hockey and are the only two teams to have won the trophy in the last decade. Both were very tense, tough games; CSM drew 4-4 with Truro eventually winning on a penalty-shuffle shoot out, and then a 3-2 win over Duchy with the winning goal coming in the last two minutes.
The final was against Bodmin, also in the league above, hosted at Penzance Hockey Club. There were four different finals during the day, the Women's Cup and Plate Final, followed by the Men’s Plate and finally CSM in the cup final.
Knowing the first 20 minutes were key, the boys began by playing some of their best hockey of the season, taking the lead through a well-worked team goal with Will Cutler selflessly passing around the keeper for Seb Gibbs to score a tap in. A couple of minutes later, Ed Sonnex scored a superb solo goal from the edge of the 'd' before Chris Mears scored his first goal for the club off a short corner rebound. With the score now 3-0 the boys sat deeper, inviting Bodmin pressure, inevitably resulting in them pulling a goal back to go into half time at 3-1.
Bodmin started the second half the stronger team, almost scoring within 30 seconds of the restart. Knowing the game was by no means finished, CSM pushed higher up the pitch, but a quick Bodmin counter attack resulted in a short corner which they converted to make it 3-2. Having thrown away games in many similar positions before, the boys were determined to make sure that this was not going to happen again, especially as it was the last university game for nine of the 16-man squad. Eventually CSM pressure on Bomin's defence resulted in another well-worked goal, with Will Cutler again drawing out the keeper and passing round him for Seb Gibbs to score his second of the game to make it 4-2, before ten minutes later another short corner routine allowed Ed Sonnex to also get his second, and the game's final goal of the game. With the score now 5-2 and a three goal cushion restored, CSM allowed Bodmin to hold on to the ball, keeping tight at the back to see out the game and be not just the first CSM team, but also the first university side, to lift the trophy.
Final Score: 5-2
Goal Scorers: Ed Sonnex (2), Seb Gibbs (2), Chris Mears (1)
Man of the Match: Will Fortescue
Will Fortescue, Man of the Match and Club President: “As one of the nine boys in the side finishing their three years of university hockey, it was an amazing way to end it all. It's been an honour to be President of the Club and to be able to say we were the first university side to win the cup in its almost 60-year history is something special. A massive thank you must go to our coach Lewis Sanders and Captain Tom Marmoy, without whom this win would not have been possible.”
Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, FXU President Student Experience: “It was such a pleasure to watch the boys make history this weekend! The team have really put in the hours this year and it showed with strong performances put in by every player as well; this is a truly fantastic way to end their season, especially as several of the players graduate in a few months. FXU always highly values our teams playing in local and regional leagues and look forward to seeing what else can be achieved by CSM Men’s Hockey in the years to come.”
Team Photo, from L-R (Back Row): Conor Cowden, Richard Stonehewer-Smith, Dan Treder, Charlie Please, Billy Lord, Seb Gibbs, Will Cutler, Luke Koch De Gooreynd, (Front Row): Harry Guest, Ed Sonnex, Michael Lane, Tom Marmoy (Captain), Will Fortescue (President), Chris Mears, Ash Kayser
Photo credit: Reuben Walker
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