Senior Cup final preview: Falmouth Town v Wendron United

Falmouth Town will aim to secure back-to-back Cornwall Senior Cup triumphs for the first time since 1979 when they face Wendron United in this year’s final on Easter Monday.

Recently crowned South West Peninsula League Premier West champions Falmouth and high-flying Wendron, who have defied early-season predictions to sit third in the SWPL table, are set to meet at St Austell’s Poltair Park for a local derby to remember.

Defending champions Town, who won the most recent final in 2019, are seeking their 13th county crown and are looking to achieve a league and cup double on the same weekend, having secured the SWPL Premier West title on Good Friday.

Wendron, meanwhile, are in uncharted territory. Having achieved their best-ever Senior Cup performance in getting to the semi-finals back in 2019, they’ve already gone one better this time by reaching the showpiece match for the very first time.

Their respective league campaigns, coupled with Monday’s face-off at Poltair Park, means the outcome of the final could help determine the winners of any team of the season award, but Falmouth chief Andrew Westgarth feels his opposite number Michael O’Neill deserves it for the job he and his side have done this year.

“I know we’ll probably get the plaudits for winning the league,” he said, “but I think Mike [O’Neill] deserves it for their FA Vase run and where they are in the league with their resources, and it’s his first season as a manager, you’ve got to remember that. 

“And to get to the Senior Cup final, it doesn’t get any better surely. It’s great for them and I think whatever happens on Monday, we can both be proud.”

Town are looking to make what has already been a memorable Easter weekend a truly unforgettable one by adding the Senior Cup to their SWPL triumph. 

Alex Wharton, Olly Walker and Jack Bowyer scored as Westgarth’s side defeated local rivals Penryn Athletic 3-2 to clinch the league championship on Good Friday, confirming what has felt like the inevitable given the team’s near-flawless campaign thus far, having lost just once in their 29 league outings.

With the league in the bag, Town, who have defeated St Dennis, Bodmin Town, Newquay and Dobwalls to reach this year’s final, can now focus on trying to complete a successful defence of their Senior Cup crown to cap off a memorable few days.

“That’s the fine margins of football,” he said. “We could have easily been on the wrong side of the result [against Penryn] and Liskeard could have won and then the pressure’s back on, and then we could easily lose on Monday and it’s a disaster of a weekend.

“We know what’s ahead of us. We’ve got the squad, the experience, the momentum. They’re going to be no mugs. They’re a very, very good side and I’ve got so much time and admiration for Mike and what he’s done at that football club. It’s going to be a great final. 

“I think if people think it’s little old Wendron then that’s not the case. They deserve to be where they are, and to be in a Senior Cup final deserves massive respect. 

“I think it’s a game that everyone’s looking forward to and for the boys that missed out [against Penryn], hopefully it makes them more hungry. It should be a good occasion.”