Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Lancashire Schools' Cup Round Two

18 November 2014


Match Report – by Kieron Molloy

The second round of the Lancashire schools' cup was on Wednesday 5th November, held at Carnforth. Whichever team won would progress to the third round. In this case the game finished 1-1. The game went straight to penalties where Balshaws were victorious and came out with a score of 3-1. The goal scorers in the penalties for Balshaws were Jason Winstanley, Jake Gore and Ross McCallum. The pitch the players played on was heavy under the foot and in some places slippery.

In the first half of the match Balshaws’ striker, George Morris had two chances of scoring but both went wide to the right.

Carnforth did not really test Sam Sharp in the Balshaws goal throughout the first half.

At the end of the first half the score remained 0-0.

In the first five minutes of the second half, Carnforth scored a long distance strike. After the goal from Carnforth, Balshaws were put under lot of pressure as Carnforth had gained a lot of confidence after they had scored. Up until that point Balshaws looked to have been in control of the game. Approximately half way through the second half Balshaws equalised through a well worked goal, Joe Kelly played a great pass from the midfield, through the Carnforth defence and then Bradley Skinner poked the ball under the goal keeper’s right arm. From this point the game was end to end and Balshaws had a penalty appeal turned down by the referee.

Jason Winstanley, playing for Balshaws, had his first game as a centre back proving himself by making some important tackles.

The referee blew the whistle for full time and it went straight to penalties. He then called the two captains over to decide who was going to go first. Mr Holland, the Balshaws manager, decided the five penalty takers, they were; Jason Winstanley, Jake Gore, Ross Mccallum, Kieran Molloy and George Morris. Carnforth took the first penalty and scored. After that Jason Winstanley took Balshaws’ first penalty and also scored. Carnforth then missed their next two penalties, whereas Jake Gore scored another penalty for Balshaws and Ross Mccallum scored a third penalty for Balshaws. Carnforth then blasted their fourth penalty over the bar, this meant that Balshaws had won the game and would progress to the third round in the Lancashire’s school cup.


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