Match report – St Bedes 0 Vs 3 Maltby Lilly Hall
The second quarter final of this seasons G4S trophy took place at half time during the Rotherham United Vs QPR match at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. Maltby Lilly Hall had made it to this stage with a comfortable 2-0 win over Dalton Foljambe whilst St Bedes had a tougher time in the first round where they narrowly beat local rivals Kimberworth Community School by 2 goals to nil.
Once again this made it very difficult to choose a winner before the game, but from the 1st whistle it was clear to see that Lilly Hall wanted to stamp their authority on this match and they had the majority of the early possession and kept the ball up field and in the St Bedes half. St Bedes found it very difficult to get possession of the ball in these early exchanges and on the rare occasion that they did Lilly Hall were quick to close the ball down and deny any clear chances on goal. It was following a rare St Bedes foray into the Lilly Hall half that a long clearance from a Lilly Hall defender led to a sprint race between Lilly Hall’s Cass Walker-Smith and the last St Bedes defender who was outpaced before Walker-Smith calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to put his side 1-0 up.
Maltby continued to apply pressure following this goal and managed to add a second goal minutes later when Ethan Hickling reacted the quickest to a goal mouth scramble and poked the ball home from close range. The game began to open up following this goal and St Bedes created some good chances to get back in the game but unfortunately couldn’t take these and as they pushed to create chances they left themselves vulnerable at the back and when Lilly Hall broke down the right the ball was pulled back to an unmarked Makenzie Ashton who slotted the ball home to round off a 3-0 win and send Lilly Hall into the semi-finals.
We would like to say well done to both teams for the way they conducted themselves at the match and whilst on the pitch playing.