IVYBRIDGE Town got their hands on the Champions Bowl after edging out St Austell via a penalty shootout. A last-gasp equaliser saw the game finish level at 2-2 before Ivybridge clinched the trophy by winning 5-4 on penalties.

The game started well for Ivybridge with Man of the Match Owen Pritchard giving them an early lead, but it didn’t take long for Henry Wilson to level things up again. At the break, it was 1-1, then St Austell struck first in the second half through a cracking Jake Mille strike.

Erme Valley’s finest stuck to their task through the remainder of the second 45 and were rewarded five minutes into stoppage time, when Bailey Mabin equalised with a deflected effort on goal.

In the penalties that followed, Ivybridge kept their nerve to triumph- it was a mistake that separated the two as opposed to goalkeeping heroics. A spot kick from Tom Guest rebounded off of the bar in agonising fashion.

Ivybridge joint manager Wayne Gamble felt it was a justified victory for his side, adding: “St Austell are an experienced side and they had their moments, but I thought we were the better team throughout.

“We deserved our second goal with our efforts in the last 35 minutes when we hit the post and had a penalty claim turned down.”

The match concluded with a presentation of the Bowl, following just days after the hoisting of the East Division trophy for this successful side.