Norfolk Junior Cup semi-final – Reffley Royals 6 Scole United 5
Scole lost a high scoring, heartbreaking semi final to Reffley Royals and so will not be playing at Carrow Road this season.
On Reffley's tiny, heavy pitch, the home side started off on fire and Scole could not get their passing football going and the home side dominated early on.
In fact, the home side scored after only five minutes, when the linesman gave a handball decision against Luke Ashford and Reffley tucked in the resulting penalty.
However it wasn't long before Scole equalised , a long crossfield ball towards David Bloomfield caused confusion between a Reffley defender and goalkeeper and Nyle Barker rolled in the loose ball from 25 yards. It was still Reffley dominating the game at this stage and they soon made it 2-1. The referee gave a very harsh free kick against Callum Ellis although the defender made a superb tackle. Keeper Jack Buckmaster called for the high free kick but was beaten too it by the Reffley player who nodded home. Soon after it was 3-1 when another dubious free kick was awarded and again Scole failed to clear and the Reffley forward hammered the ball home.
Scole looked buried now but gave everything to get back into the game. Impressive frontman James Edwards turned the centre back but his volley hit the bar although five minutes later, he did the same before laying the ball off to predator Shaun Flint who sidefooted home from 10 yards. Scole were level before half time when a Bloomfield cross was met by Adam Solley whose header beat the keeper.
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Scole had their tails up at the start of the second half and soon got into the lead. Ashford was tripped on the edge of the area and Flint's powerful free kick went through the wall and into the far corner. At this point, both teams brought on strikers as Scole replaced the tiring Flint and Reffley brought on their experienced centre forward. Reffley equalised again when yet another free kick was put into the area and nodded in from very close range.
It was end to end for the rest of the game. Scole went 5-4 up from a soft penalty which was converted by Edwards before Reffley equalised when their right winger jinxed inside and his powerful drive was deflected in.
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With 13 minutes to go, Reffley got their noses in front. A long range effort was tipped onto the bar by Buckmaster but Reffleys centre forward was first to the rebound to bring jubilant scenes to the home side.
Scole pushed forward and a brilliant cross from Joe Hancock eluded everyone and Buckmaster made a brilliant save as Reffley tried to kill the came off.
Scole switched to 3-4-3 for the final five minutes but ran out of time, bringing jubilation for Reffley and despair for Scole.
However, Scole can be proud of their run and know that playing as they are good things for the club are hopefully just round the corner.
Man of the match goes to the whole squad. Also Scole United FC would like to thank all the people who came on the bus and also drove to the game to give the players tremendous support.
Ipswich & Suffolk Youth Football League, Under 18 Division
Scole United 7 Stradbroke Youth 2
Scole under i8s recorded their first win of the season on Sunday and move closer to climbing off the foot of the table.
Playing at home to neighbours Stradbroke, Scole were forced back from the kick-off and let in their customary early goal when a forward ran through the home defence to slot home. It wasn't long before Scole were on level terms when Craig Bolger lobbed the keeper. A few minutes later Bolger was felled in the area allowing captain Hayden Wilby to step up and hammer home the penalty to give Scole the lead. The game was very open with both teams going for goals. However it was that man Bolger again who nodded in from close range following an excellent move. Scole moved further ahead just before half-time when James Briddon's cross-come-shot went in over the keeper's head to make it 4-1 at H-T.
Scole came out for the second-half full of determination and Bolger got his well deserved hat-trick firing home from just inside the box. This knocked the stuffing out of Stradbroke but to their credit they continued to fight and got a deserved second goal following some loose marking by the home team from a corner. Scole however were not in the mood to throw this lead away and Macauley Partridge romped through to restore their 4 goal advantage. Zak Torrance was unlucky on a few occasions and the defence held their line well before Bolger grabbed his fourth of the game finishing another good move and pass from Torrance, the goal remarkably was Bolger's 21st of the season despite the team still being stuck to the foot of the table.
Man of the match: Craig Bolger