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Match Report of Cirencester Academy's Semi Final win

English Schools FA under 18’s Colleges’ Trophy Semi - Final

City College Brighton & Hove 0 Cirencester Academy 3

Cirencester Academy defeated City College Brighton to reach the English Schools FA Under 18’s Colleges Trophy Final. They will play Balby Carr College Doncaster in the Final in March 2012, with date and venue to be confirmed.

Cirencester travelled to Brighton with four regular players missing through injury and illness, but their replacements performed magnificently.

Cirencester started well with both Josh Morse and James Piatek terrorising the Brighton College defenders with their pace and skill. It was this combination that gave Cirencester the lead after 5 minutes when a pinpoint cross from the left by Morse found Piatek who smashed the ball past the goalkeeper.

Cirencester increased their lead further after James Piatek was fouled just outside the box. Josh Morse took the resultant free kick and played a great ball to the near post, where Piatek controlled superbly before striking ball into the net.

Cirencester were then forced to substitute full back Jacob Hayden after 20 minutes with damaged ankle ligaments and he was replaced by Tom Blackford. Brighton responded and Cirencester goalkeeper Harry Ellis made a great save to keep the score at 2 – 0. Cirencester could have increased their lead further before but the Brighton goalkeeper made several outstanding saves.

The second half saw Brighton pressing forward in search of a goal but Cirencester were in no mood to concede and cleared one shot off the line and Harrison was forced to save twice from long range shots.

Cirencester had several opportunities to score a third goal but just lacked clinical touch. Brighton continued to press but with 10 minutes remaining midfielder Brad Hooper scored with an outstanding free kick from 10 yards outside the box, sending the ball over the keeper into the top corner of the goal to send Cirencester in to the Final.


 

This entry was posted on 01 March 2012 at 17:04 and is filed under Academy | Match Reports: Academy. You can leave a response here.

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