POOLE Town cruised into the Dorset Senior Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 3-0 win over Wimborne Town.
The Dolphins dominated from the start and took the lead when Carl Pettefer found the net with the suspicion of an unintentional deflection from Dan Cann.
The Dolphins continued to press and thought they had doubled their lead when Cann headed past Jason Harvell. However, the goal was ruled out for offside.
Wimborne struggled to settle, but could have got back into the game against the run of play. Mark Gamble found himself through on goal, but Dan Thomas made a comfortable save from the Ulsterman’s first time shot.
Gamble had another chance to equalise after a Poole defensive mix-up put him through on goal. Thomas made two quick saves to keep his side’s lead intact.
With half time approaching, Poole doubled their advantage when Cann fired a stooping header past Harvell for his side’s deserved second goal.
Moments later, a great piece of skill by Jon Davies saw his backheel set up Keith Emmerson who fired a rocket home to all but end the contest.
Both sides struggled to get any momentum going after the break. Poole continued to fire long balls into the area – with Wimborne escaping further punishment.
The Magpies’ suffered more misery when James Stokoe was shown a straight red card for lunging with two feet on Sam Clarke.
Poole settled for a 3-0 win as the Magpies failed to bounce back from Saturday’s 7-0 loss against Paulton Rovers.
Log onto www.blackmorevale.co.uk tomorrow for Wimborne Town manager Steve Cuss’ reaction to their Dorset Senior Cup exit.