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Posted: Wed 16 Jan 2013
Author: TUFC
Saul Halpin H

Image by: Pinnacle

Halpin Brace Secures Bowl Progress

Buckland 1
Revell 11

United 3
May 24
Halpin 55, pen 63

THE Gulls reached the last four of the Devon Bowl with a 3-1 win at Buckland Athletic on Wednesday night.

The hosts from the Western League Premier Division started brightly against a United side that contained a mixture of youth-team players and young pros.

Buckland were rewarded for hitting their straps early by scoring the first goal on 11 minutes, when a neat chest down from Lynch created room for Revell to lash the ball past Martin Rice in the Yellow goal.

When United did settle into the game, Buckland struggled to control the movement and the equaliser arrived on 24 minutes, as Ashley Yeoman sauntered down the left wing to provide an inviting cross for the waiting Jack May, who finished in style.

After the half-time break, the Gulls were simply too strong for the home side, with Saul Halpin first seeing a goal disallowed for offside before he latched on to an excellent through ball from Thomas Cruise to round the home ‘keeper and make it 2-1 on 55 minutes.

The game was over eight minutes later, when tidy footwork from Yeoman prompted a Buckland lunge in the box. A penalty was the inevitable outcome and Halpin stroked in a confident spot-kick for 3-1.

Buckland toiled through to the end, hitting the bar late on and forcing Rice into some decent saves, but the Yellows will now progress to the semi-finals of Devon’s premier cup competition.

Gulls: Martin Rice; Daniel Leadbitter, James Washburn (Scott Beattie), Angus MacDonald, Thomas Cruise; Saul Halpin, Jack May, Jordan Campbell, Karl Baker; Daniel Sullivan (Robert Nardiello), Ashley Yeoman.