Bank United set up all-Exmouth Jim Howard Cup final thanks to another Pring treble.
PUBLISHED: 14:53 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:54 09 April 2013
Bank United 6, Green Gables 4
United went into this Jim Howard Cup semi-final off the back of three depressing successive defeats, and having lost to the same opposition just seven days previously.
Manager Adam French rang the changes with four of the regular starters replaced!
Bank began well and striker Adam Pring had a shot saved in the opening minute.
Four minutes later Pring gathered a pass from Steve Noon and drilled the ball home.
Injury struck Bank when a powerful tackle on Stu Tuckett saw the latter limp out of the action to be replaced by Phil Sanders.
Within five minutes Sanders muscled his way through prior to setting up Pring to double the lead.
Green gables halved the deficit in the 25th minute with what proved to be the final goal of the first half.
Bank began brightly after the re-start and two minutes in won a corner that was half cleared only for Wayne Tucker to rifle it back towards goal where defender William Ficken, up for the corner, got his head to the ball and it flew into the net!
A minute later Pring scored his hat-trick goal and bank held a 4-1 lead.
Jamie Drummond and Steve Noon combined for Noon to make it five before injury struck a second time with winger Tucker limping out of the action.
A couple of goals from the Exeter-based side set up an interesting last ten minutes, but nerves were eased when the three-goal cushion was restored courtesy of a Warren Vaughan goal.
Despite Green gables netting a fourth two minutes from time, there was no denying Bank a deserved spot in this seasons Jim Howard Cup final which will be an all-Exmouth affair with Exiles FC the opposition!
Three-goal Adam Pring was named the Bank Man of the Match.