ANY remaining hopes Penzance had of retaining an interest in the Jolly's Combination League title race disappeared after this 3-1 defeat at Penlee Park.

This was without doubt one of the best games seen anywhere in the league this season with the football played by each side a credit to the competition.

It took Illogan just four minutes to open the scoring when Andy Hill ran on to a pass from Gary Sturmey and tucked the ball under the 'keeper to score.

Within 60 seconds the home side had levelled the scores when they got ball forward and wide to who skipped past Martin Jenkin and crossed into the box for to nod in at the far post.

In a ten-minute spell Hill could have added a couple of goals with one shot skimming a post and seeing another effort well saved, but two minutes before the break a period of nip and tuck football saw Illogan edge in front when Gareth Pitt was put through by Matt Willey who spottedWayne Brown arriving on the edge of the box and crossed for the midfielder to volley into the net from eight yards.

Three minutes into the second half Illogan strengthened their grip on the game when they scored a third goal. A through ball from Kevin Lawrence found Pitt who went round the 'keeper to score.

Hill had another couple of chances to add to his tally, but his first touch took him too wide on the first occasion and his second effort minutes later was blocked by the 'keeper.

The Magpies pushed forward in search of a goal, but found the Illogan defence offering little sight of the goal as they comfortably held on for a fine win.

Illogan: D Burrows, M Willey, M Jenking, J Congdon, G Sturmey, W Brown, G Bell, K Lawrence, G Pitt, A Hill, M Callaway. Subs: S Robinson, A Mugford.