Scole get past Thetford to reach Cyril Ballyn semi-finals
Scole United 4 Thetford Rovers 2
Scole got past high-flying Thetford Rovers to reach the semi-finals of the Cyril Ballyn league cup.
Scole were told what was expected of them before the game and put in a solid performance. They controlled most of the game and took the lead halfway through the half when Will Goulding got the ball to Shaun Flint who slotted in from 15 yards.
Thetford then had a decent spell and Jack Buckmaster had to make a good reflex save to keep Scole in the lead. Scole though made it two before half-time when a near-post corner from David Bloomfield was met powerfully by captain Adam Solley. It could have been three, but Ben Norton volleyed over and Flint went on a solo run, but blazed over when a pass was the best option.
Thetford came back into the game in the second half, but Scole's high defensive line kept their pacy forward line in check for the main part, although Ed Hipperson had to make a timely block. Then with 15 minutes to go, the game seemed to turn on its head, when the Thetford sub Foster raced away and slotted the ball in. Unfortunately for Scole it was 2-2 only minutes later when a great cross from Thetford was scooped in.
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Scole were shocked as they had looked comfortable, but vowed to make amends in extra-time. They did when Flint got to the line and pulled back for Goulding to tuck the ball in off the bar. Scole were then happy to play out time, but in the final minutes Luke Ashford looked to run the ball into the corner, but then turned inside, beat two men and laid it off for Goulding to finish brilliantly and make the final score 4-2 after extra-time.
Manager's man of the match: Ben Cussons – Made some huge tackles and carried on with an injury.
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This week Scole are at home to Beccles Caxton in the league (2.30pm).