SUFFOLK SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
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Lakenheath brushed aside Crane Sports 3-0 to set-up a Suffolk Senior Cup final with Ipswich Valley Rangers at the end of the season.
Kevin Sobiechowski’s side took on the recently-crowned Suffolk and Ipswich League Premier Division champions on Saturday, who had won their last 12 games heading into the semi-final clash at Stowmarket Town’s Greens Meadow home.
However it was Lakenheath who drew first blood and opened the scoring after just three minutes, when Aaron Piggott’s left-wing cross found Tony Wright on the edge of the box.
Wright had a touch before firing a half volley into the far corner of the net to give Sobiechowski’s side the perfect start.
Heath should have doubled there lead after 15 minute when captain Matt Bellingham sent top goalscorer Matt Hayden through on goal.
But after his first touch put him perfectly central in a one-on-one situation, Hayden’s attempted lob was easily gathered by the Cranes goalkeeper.
Cranes grew into the game as the first-half reached its conclusion, before Lakenheath regrouped at the break and doubled their advantage early in the second-half.
Ricky Cornish’s deep free-kick found James Morley, who nodded in via the underside of the crossbar to make it 2-0.
And moments later Heath secured the victory when Wright’s first-time pass released Luke Catchpole, who drilled the ball across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
A delighted Sobiechowski said afterwards: “ I’m made up for the lads. It’s been an incredible achievement to reach this final.
“They gave everything to the cause and to win so convincingly in a semi-final of this magnitude is quite remarkable.”
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