Falmouth Town enjoyed plenty of representation in Cornwall’s men’s representative match against Devon earlier this week, with six members of the first team featuring at Blaise Park on Wednesday night.
Goalkeeper Ryan Barnes, centre-back James Ward, midfielder David Broglino and forward Jack Bray-Evans all featured for Cornwall as they defeated Devon 2-1 in the final match of the inaugural Brunel Cup, a six-leg series of representative matches between the two counties.
Town manager Andrew Westgarth was among the Duchy managerial team alongside Phil Lafferty, Glynn Hooper and Dennis Annear, while Luke Barner also received a call-up to the Devon squad.
Bray-Evans opened the scoring after nine minutes with a fine strike from outside the box before Steve Colwell levelled for Devon early in the second half, with Ed Harrison, representing Camelford and Tavistock, bagging Cornwall’s winner from the spot late on.
That saw Cornwall level the series at 3-3 – with the Duchy having also triumphed in the senior women’s and under-16 boys ties – but it was Devon who lifted the trophy by virtue of their superior goal difference across the six matches.
Ward played the full 90 minutes at the heart of the Cornwall defence, with Barnes between the sticks for just over an hour before being replaced by Millbrook gloveman Chris Wearing.
Bray-Evans played the first 55 minutes before he was swapped out for Wendron United’s Cameron Wheat, while substitutes Broglino and Barner both entered the field early in the second half.
“I think all of the boys can be proud of their efforts this season and this almost feels like a reward,” Westgarth said at full-time.
“If you look at the [Cornwall] side it’s a good side. There’s a lot of top players who have all had great seasons this year and I think that was reflected in the game.”
He added: “I’ll give credit to all of the lads that were involved – their attitude was spot on. You could see the guys putting in shifts and putting their bodies on the line and I think that was testament to them as football players. I think it was a great night and a great advert for Cornwall.”