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The second half, however, was a completely different picture with Notts back to their usual selves taking control of the game and their confidence was further boosted by the award of a penalty soon after the break. Ben Rafferty’s powerful run down the left hand touchline before cutting in to round the fullback on the byline brought a clear foul from the South Yorkshire defender and Ross McParland stepped up to lash the ball home. A second Nottinghamshire goal always looked likely and it was McParland again who forced his way into the penalty area, this time from the right and past the defender, to rifle in a fierce shot from a fairly acute angle.

South Yorkshire did not provide the same threat as they had done in the opening period and although Notts keeper Broadley did well to push a shot onto his left hand post mid way through the half and the visitors did hit the outside of the post late on, Notts held on for a deserved 2-1 victory.

They must now wait to learn their opponents in the semi-finals.

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