Scholars Surpass Sacred Heart Cup Test

Orange Soccer Scholars vs Rochdale Sacred Heart

Orange Soccer Scholars progressed to the third round of the Mens Knockout Trophy beating Rochdale Sacred Heart 3-1 at Mythop Road.

Finley Clarkson scored a brace for the home side and Isaac Sinclair scored a penalty late on to seal their place in the next round.

Hamilton Rescova was the goal scorer for the away side volleying in from 16 yards out.

The Scholars had their first chance after only five minutes. Sinclair had an effort on goal blocked but the ball kindly fell to Thomason who forced a good save out of goalkeeper Dawson to keep the scores level.

The next action came 15 minutes later, McCarthy beat the offside trap to find himself one vs one with Dawson who this time was beaten but the Australian’s effort hit the post.

Rochdale Sacred Heart took the lead after the Scholars failed to take their early chances. Dawson punted a free kick into the penalty area, Greg Dyl leaped highest to head the ball on to Hamilton

Rescova who timed his volley perfectly to find the top corner leaving Turner with no chance.

But within four minutes the Scholars drew level. A sloppy back pass meant Clarkson was through on goal and the striker was calm enough to slot the ball under Dawson and continue his goal scoring form.

The home side had a big chance to take the lead just before half time. Gourley found Sinclair brilliantly with a 60 yard pass. The winger brought the ball down well and poked it beyond Dawson but Huszar was there to clear the ball before it crossed the line.

With nine minutes of the second half played, Salthouse and Sinclair linked well keeping the ball between them, Salthouse eventually took the shot on, however his low effort was no trouble for Dawson.

It was the 55th minute when the home team finally took a deserved lead after dominating most of the game to this point. A rare mistake from Rochdale’s Dawson meant Clarkson was again through on goal and that’s exactly what the striker did for his second of the game.

The Scholars then pressed well to build on their 2-1 lead and nearly made it three. McCarthy had two chances within 90 seconds but was unlucky with both. His first effort was all down to him. He showed strength to shrug his opponent off and take a shot on goal but Dawson saved well.

His second came via good work from Sinclair who deftly slipped a ball through to the midfielder who could only get his toes to connect resulting in an effort which lacked power.

Rochdale’s star player was goalkeeper Liam Dawson. Half way through the second half he made another fantastic save. It was Sinclair and Salthouse who linked up again but Sinclair had the shot this time forcing another decent save out of the keeper.

The away side had a 10 minute spell in the second half where all their chances came. Dyl picked the ball up and dribbled past Bell, the winger took the shot on but was the save was comfortable for Turner. 

Whelan had a free kick from 25 yards out which was on target however was easy enough for Turner to catch.

Their best chance to equalise came five minutes from time. A free kick from out wide was whipped in and Longden glanced a header across goal only to find the roof of the net.

Four minutes before full time, captain Sinclair made sure the Scholars progressed to round three.  The winger was brought down in the area earning his side a penalty and he himself took responsibility, sending Dawson the wrong way to seal the win and the Scholars place in the next round.

Full Time – Orange Soccer Scholars 3-1 Rochdale Sacred Heart.

Scholars Goalscorer's: Clarkson (2), Sinclair.

Rochdale Sacred Heart Goalscorer's: Rescova


Reported by Jordan Parker.


Scholars Storm to Third Straight Victory

Orange Soccer Scholars continued their unbeaten start to the season in style with a 5-1 win over Connell Sixth Form at Mythop Road.

Ben Turton scored the pick of the goals with a 25 yard drive into the top left corner leaving the Connell goalkeeper flat footed.

Finley Clarkson, Banjo McCarthy, Isaac Sinclair and Max Older were also on the scoresheet for the home side.

Connell pulled a goal back when they were 2-0 down through Rogers, but couldn’t find a way to break down an impressive Scholars side.

It took the home side five minutes to test Watkinson. McCarthy was found free in the box and volleyed straight at the keeper who palmed the ball up and away from danger.

The home side finally broke the deadlock after dominating for the opening 25 minutes. Sinclair played Salthouse through, he shot straight at the keeper who parried into the path of Clarkson. The striker was well composed to take a touch and finish.

They doubled their lead within four minutes. Turton brought the ball down well, drove at his opponent, sent him the wrong way with a step over and fired a rocket into the top left corner. He even went over to the camera to celebrate.

It could have been 3-0 just before half time. A great team move starting from Turner playing it out from the back. The ball was moved quickly up the pitch and a neat one-two between Clarkson and Sinclair put the latter through on goal but he missed the target.

Connell came out with a bit more confidence after not having much of the ball in the first half and took advantage when they had the chance. Only four minutes into the second half they halved the deficit. Skelton had time to find Rogers at the back post who looped his header over Turner to make it 2-1.

The Scholars kept the pressure up after they conceded and on 66 minutes the pressure paid off. Another well created team goal was finished by McCarthy who couldn’t miss.

Sinclair, a standout performer for Orange Soccer Scholars finally got the goal he deserved 15 minutes from time. Salthouse played him through on goal as the winger beat the offside trap and after two attempts he found the back of the net.

Within 90 seconds of scoring their 4th, the home team were given a penalty to further extend their lead. Salthouse was brought down in the box and stepped up to take the spot-kick. However the keeper stood firm and dived the right way to deny Salthouse a goal.

The fifth and final goal came on the 86th minute. Serghi carried the ball down the wing and picked out Older who was unmarked to comfortably execute a diving header into the bottom corner.

Full Time – OS Scholars 5-1 Connell Sixth Form.

Reported by Jordan Parker.

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