Finneron off bench to see Militarymen into last eight.
PUBLISHED: 12:25 04 January 2011
ROYAL Marines AFC booked a last eight place in the Throgmorton Cup with a 2-1 success over Witheridge.
The Militarymen were good value for their Endurance park success against a side they have already played twice in the Peninsula League top flight this season.
Wayne Shailer was the star of the show for the hosts, playing the pivotal role and being at the centre of much of the enterprising play that the Militarymen produced.
A superb diving header at the far post by Jason O’Brien put the home side into a deserved lead.
Back came the visitors and, at 1-1, an additional half four looked to be on the cards.
However, any threat of extra time was nullified when Martin Finneron, who has started the game on the substitute’s bench, traded passes with Matt Dawson before firing home what turned out to be the winning goal.
In the quarter finals, due to be played in the final week of February, sees the Royal Marines again have home advantage when they will play the winner of the tie at Eastern Division side Teignmouth who host St Blazey of the Premier Division on February 5.
This Saturday the Militarymen entertain St Austell who they beat in Cornwall back in September 2-1 thanks to a brace from Dan Boere.
Saturday’s game marks the start of a mouth-watering sequence of games for the Royal Marines.
Next Tuesday (January 11) they travel to Tiverton Town to face the Zamaretto League side in the Devon Bowl and they then face three of the top six in the Peninsula League top flight to complete the month, hosting leaders Buckland and third placed Plymouth Parkway before travelling to fifth placed Ivybridge Town on January 29.