Father and son sent off in same game as Dunks net vital win
PUBLISHED: 19:06 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:06 16 April 2018
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Dunkeswell Rovers boosted their hopes of staying in the Macron League Division Five with a 3-2 success over Culm United.
It was a game that had it all – splendid finishing, whole-hearted commitment – and yellow and red cards with father and son combination of Brian and Josh Cann both being sent off in a contest that saw the Dunks end with nine men!
In terms of the goal scoring for the Dunks, it was Lewis Fountain, Dan Matthews and Dan Stapleton, but a catalyst to the victory – only a fifth of the campaign for the Dunks – and the banking of three precious points – was substitute Brian Cann.
Cann – turning out for his home club at the grand age of 52 – was helping out as the Dunks were missing players on the day.
In his younger days ‘Canny’ was an exceptional goalkeeper who graced the Western League in more games that he probably cares to remember.
However, on this occasion he was happy to oblige in a front running role and he was called from the bench with 10 minutes remaining and the Dunks trailing 2-1.
He did enter the game with a yellow card to his name after falling foul of the match referee when the man in black dismissed his son Josh earlier in the contest.
Minutes after joining the game Cann snr held the ball up superbly only to be upended and the resultant spot kick was tucked away and then, with time running out, he played a part in the build-up to the late winning goal.
There was still time for him to make a whole-hearted challenge that the match official deemed warranted a second yellow card and off he went!
As for the overall Dunkeswell display, team boss Rod Hill said: “It was a good battling performance with everyone contributing to help us to a victory that was achieved against the odds!”
The Dunkeswell Rovers Man of the Match was Gavin O’Hara, who was superb from first whistle to last.
The win left the Dunks still third bottom, but just two points and three places below eighth placed Ilminster Town Reserves, who have played a game more.
On Saturday, the Dunks host Awliscombe in an East Devon derby (3pm).