Exmouth Sunday side Bank United storm back from three down to bag sensational cup win
PUBLISHED: 09:47 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 13 March 2013
Dolphin 5, Bank United 6
Exmouth-based Bank United claimed an Exeter Sunday League KO Cup semi-final berth after a titanic match that saw them produce a stunning come-back.
Bank were quickly into their stride and dominated possession in the early stages. They had the ball in the net when Will Ficken slotted home but an off-side flag ruled out the goal.
Undaunted, Bank were soon raiding again and they took the lead I the 10th minute thanks to some fine approach play from Jamie Drummond prior to Phil Sanders scoring.
Dolphin levelled with a clinical finish, but the Bank lead was restored with Stuart Tuckett poking the ball to Warren Vaughan who rifled it beyond the Dolphin keeper.
The celebrations were short lived for, after a failed clearance, Dolphin punished the error with another slick finish.
Five minutes before half-time the home side took the lead for the first time with another close range effort.
After the break Bank continued to play a calculated passing game, but, and against the run of play, Dolphin doubled their lead with another close range finish to go 4-2 up.
A shell-shocked Bank then shipped a fifth goal and, with a third of the game to play, looked to be heading out of the competition.
Stuart Tuckett had other ideas and, after a neat inter-change involving Chris Manning and Sanders, Tuckett poked the ball home to give his side a glimmer of hope.
Warren Vaughan then opened up then home defence and Tuckett scored to bring his side to within one goal of the opposition.
Bank’s stand-in manager Neil Clements then made a chance with Steve Noon coming on for Manning to give the side an even greater attacking threat.
The switch paid dividends as Noon crossed from the right and Tuckett volleyed his hat-trick goal to even things up at 5-5.
Bank were now in full flight and a slick series of passing between Drummond and Vaughan saw the ball fall to Wayne Tucker who hammered it home from 25-yards to seal a thrilling victory.
The Bank Man of the Match was a close call given the number of outstanding contributions. Defenders Tomlin and Weeks combined well, skipper Sam Weeks was an inspiration from first whistle to last, but, with an assist and a hat-trick, the top honour went to Stuart Tuckett.
On Sunday it’s back to the league campaign for Bank and a trip to Black Horse.