Dudley Defeat As Scholars Exit The Cup

This afternoon, the TNS / North Shropshire College E1 squad exited the Elite Schools And Colleges Cup. Like the first team in their knockout competition on Sunday just gone, the game went to a penalty shoot-out.

Unfortunately though that’s where the similarities end, as Scott Ruscoe’s side progressed into the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup, while Steve Benyon sees his team depart their competition in the second round.

On the road at Dudley College, TNS/NSC almost took an early lead as a Liam Parry header struck the post in the fourth minute.

An error on the edge of the box six minutes later though gifted the home side. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, the number 10 slotted past Lewis Dutton to give Dudley the advantage.

With just twelve minutes on the clock, the impressive Lewis was called into action as he pulled off a good save to his right from a free-kick.

Chances fell to both teams throughout the first half as Guyguy Maboy headed straight at the keeper following good work from the visitors, then hit the post. In between TNS/NSC did get the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed for offside.

The team talk from Steve Benyon and Jason Brindley during the break worked, as the green and whites upped their game from the whistle.

Penalty appeals were turned down by the referee as good work from James Parry down the left saw his cross appear to hit the hand of the defender in the box.

Parry again was in the thick of the action as he forced the Dudley keeper into a save using both legs. The custodian of the goal was called upon a few minutes later, again saving from Parry, following an excellent run down the middle from Liam Ihekwoaba.

The visitors dominated possession in the second period and created more chances, as they played with a greater sense of urgency. The Black Country side carved opportunities of their own though, as Dutton pulled off two good saves in quick succession, as the game entered the final fifteen minutes.

Very late in the game the pressure paid off, as Harry Bower slotted past the keeper from inside the box, following another good move. Harry Parkinson headed wide and Craven saw his shot go the wrong side of the post as the final whistle heralded penalties.

With just the one miss – unfortunately from TNS/NSC – the final score was 5-4, as Dudley College progress into the third round.

Squad:

1. Lewis Dutton
2. Matt Cole
3. James Parry
4. Liam Ihekwoaba
5. Lewis Kaye
6. CJ Craven
7. Harry Bower (1 goal)
8. Liam Parry
9. Guyguy Maboy
10. Paul Naylor
11. Curtis Weetman
12. Harry Parkinson
13. Izzy Ozdemir