Scholars Out At Quarter Final Stage

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Orange Soccer vs Balby Carr

Orange Soccer Scholars bowed out of the Mens Knockout Trophy at the quarter final stage after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Doncaster’s Balby Carr Academy.

Isaac Sinclair scored a goal in each half for the scholars with Luke Black scoring a brace including a penalty and defender Gardner also added his name to the score sheet.

There were early chances for both teams in the first ten minutes of the game. Sinclair picked the ball up from a short corner and curled a cross-shot just wide of the far post.

Balby’s chance also came from a set piece with Sweeney hitting the cross bar from the corner spot. The away team took the lead after 20 minutes. Centre back, Gardner rose high at the far post to nod the ball past Turner from a Luke Black free kick.

There was almost an instant reply from the home side when Reardon was found free in the box but his volley was well kept out by Fielding who tipped the ball onto the cross bar.

Chances were falling to both teams in the first half, Dunbar beat the high line but Turner rushed out to close the angle forcing the striker to fire high and wide.

Ben Turton then came close as he drove at the defence but lashed his effort across the keeper and the goal.

Fifteen minutes after taking the lead, the Doncaster side then doubled the score. A driven
cross picked Black out in the area and he placed his shot under Turner.

Despite being 2-0 down in the first half, the Scholars continued to dominate. Their persistence paid off three minutes before the half time whistle when Isaac Sinclair was brought down in the penalty area after a lovely piece of skill. The captain stepped up and sent Fielding the wrong way to halve Balby Carr’s lead. The Scholar's came out with the same attitude in the second half and could have equalised with a volley from Finlay Clarkson but it was well blocked.

Ten minutes into the second half and the away team were this time awarded a penalty. George
Thomason was found guilty of pulling Black’s shirt in the area prior to a corner kick. Black stepped up and claimed his brace with a low, powerful penalty into the right corner.

The home team didn’t let their heads drop and continued to play their football. Within eight minutes of conceding they pulled another back. Again, it was the captain, Sinclair with the goal, showing composure and great technique to skilfully beat the last defender and slot a weak footed effort past Fielding.

This goal lifted the whole team’s spirit as they looked to find an equaliser with 27 minutes still to
play. The closest they came to drawing level was through Jordan Salthouse. Thomason squared the ball to him around the penalty spot but the winger was denied by a superb reflex save from Fielding in the Balby goal.

Lewis Turner then kept his team in the game with a great one vs one save. Atkinson didn’t put
enough power on his pass leaving Caygill through on goal but Turner was able to deny him with his feet.

The result sees the end of the Scholars maiden cup journey but still with the league to play for in their first season together.

Match report by Jordan Parker (@jordparker97)

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