HAVING already lost to Kirby in the league this season, Fishburn had a lot to prove in this Scarborough League Cup meeting.
The Whitby side knew they had to be stronger and close down attackers quickly. Having the much better start to the game Fishburn were thankful to keeper Kieran Purvis who pulled off a stunning save to keep the score 0-0 in the first few minutes.
It took just seven minutes for Fishburn to take the lead.
Jack Kelly played a great high ball into the box which Callum Halley picked out of the air as if he had a magnet on his boot.
Halley’s quick touch and perfect shot at a tight angle gave Park a well-needed lead. The advantage didn’t last long, Kirby equalised just two minutes later.
Kirby took the lead on 30 minutes with a well-worked goal, but soon after a Halley run was stopped with the defender bringing him down unfairly. Owen Grant stepped up with the intent of repeating his superb free-kick from the week before and equalised with another 30-yard screamer.
With scores even at half time both teams were searching for a winner to take them through to the semi final. Fishburn had plenty of chances to regain the lead but the woodwork and Kirby keeper kept them out.
With 10 minutes to go Jack Gale returned to the pitch having had a few minutes on the bench - and his first touch was an important header from a Will Richardson cross. Gale’s flick on was directly into the path of Halley who struck the ball with power into the net, sending Fishburn into the next round.
Chris Hurworth and Nathan Foster again formed a good parnership at the back.
Man of the match: Nathan Foster
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