Pocklington Predators are through to the FA Cup final after a hard-fought encounter with Brooklyn, which ebbed and flowed throughout.
Pocklington started brightly, playing some neat football and looking dangerous on the attack. Ben Potter had a great strike on goal but, without the help of goal line technology, the ball was judged not to have crossed the line. Brooklyn had also upped their game and chances were missed at both ends before a brilliant passage of play from Liam Neal and Ben Potter, passing the ball into Huw Jones whose superb volley gave the keeper no chance. A great strike which gave Pocklington a 1 -0 lead at half time.
The second half was always going to be tough and the Predators were working hard, both on and off the ball. An early corner forced a great save from the Brooklyn keeper, however this was swiftly followed by the save of the day from Pocklington keeper Sam Flinton. A Pocklington attack was then broken up by the Brooklyn centre half and their counter attack led to a good goal, despite the efforts of Harry Crusher and Flinton in goal. Brooklyn were then denied again as Flinton tipped the ball onto the bar and Pocklington were on the attack, with a narrow miss from Joe Milner, a header just wide from Neal and a free kick from Elliott Russell which was cleared over the bar.
It was beginning to look as if it might be a battle of the keepers in a penalty shoot-out but then there was a brilliant passage of play where Stuart Wright found Potter with a reverse pass, who then picked out Milner who ran on to finish in great style. Flinton in goal was awesome. Matt Terry had his best game of the season so far, and his fellow teammates in defence, Harry, Eric and Stuart were outstanding. Elliot Russell put in a great all-round performance and Liam and Huw were excellent in the middle. Ed Borrie and Sez were a constant threat throughout the game, Ben Potter picked out some great passes to open up the play, and Joe Milner was a relentless threat up front.
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