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Bowl & Vase Semi Finals Report 2018

Vase Semi Finals

The first team to reach the City Ground finals are Toot Hill School (Bingham) who defeated Magnus Academy 2-0 in the Under 14 Vase semi-final. Goals from Rory Harrison and Tom Besson ensured their progress and they thus become the second team from Toot Hill to reach a final in three seasons as their Under 15s won the Bowl in 2015-16.

Arnold Hill beat Bluecoat Academy 3-1. Bluecoat were dangerous in the air from set plays but Arnold Hill broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Yusuf Hall dribbled through and scored from a tight angle. Bluecoat pressed hard but the Arnold defence, with goalkeeper Alfie Luca making his debut did enough to keep Bluecoat at bay. It was against the run of play when Arnold made it 2-0 as a cross by Louis Nicholson was finished by Zeki Tucker. Arnold struggled to keep possession in the second half and Bluecoat scored with 10 minutes left. Pushing forward in search of an equalizer, Bluecoat left space at the back and Tucker confirmed Arnold’s win with his second goal of the game.

Bowl Semi Finals

A fine performance from Trinity School (Aspley) put them through to the final of the Under 15 Forest Bowl with a 5-0 win over Nottingham Academy (Sneinton) thanks to two goals each from Daniel Ferocino and Joe Balfe and a fifth from Reece Gatland.

In a tight game West Bridgford came out winners of their semi-final with Carlton le Willows. West Bridgford started the brightest and were rewarded with an early goal from Josh Rutherford after being played through from a Christian Hatley flick on. In what continued to be a tense first half, Carlton Le Willows put a free-kick straight at the keeper and the on-rushing players collected the rebound and slotted into an empty net. Bridgford were quick to respond though, and, with a free-kick of their own, Stern Irvine floated it towards the Le Willows' keeper who spilled it onto the on-rushing head of Josh Rutherford for his second. The second half saw Carlton le Willows turned the screw on the West Bridgford defence coming at them with wave after wave of attacks, however the Bridgford defence stood firm, with each and every player putting in a shift to hold on to the victory. Definitely a game for the neutrals.

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