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Kirkley & Pakefield through to semi-finals of Suffolk Premier Cup

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 February 2018

Midfield action from Saturday's clash between Kirkley & Pakefield and Hadleigh United at Walmer Road. Picture: Bryan Grint

Midfield action from Saturday's clash between Kirkley & Pakefield and Hadleigh United at Walmer Road. Picture: Bryan Grint

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Kirkley and Pakefield recovered from a two goal deficit in impressive fashon on Tuesday evening to book their place in the semi-finals of the Omni Freight Suffolk County FA Premier Cup.

Hoping to put last Saturday’s league defeat behind them they got the score back to 2-2 at the interval and then scored three second half goals to complete an impressive win.

The Royals lined up with three changes from Saturday with Jordan Haverson out injured, young Kyle Haylock away on a week’s trial at Peterborough United and Macauley Holt also missing, with Lewis Hammond, Max Wall and Liam Harvey-Cooper returning.

The hosts were the first to strike on 17 minutes with winger Luke Haines scoring with a shot from just inside the area. On 31 minutes the same winger beat keeper Adam Rix and when Jack Herbert went to clear he only succeed in hitting the home centre forward Rafal Wozniak, with the ball rebounding into the net.

On 38 minutes a Harvey-Cooper corner saw attempts at goal cleared with Kyle Baker pouncing on a clearance to score with a good shot from 20 yards to reduce the arrears. Just three minutes later Harvey-Cooper was brought down inside the area and got up to convert the penalty to bring the teams in level at half-time.

In rain-soaked conditions the second half start at a cracking pace with Harvey-Cooper having his shot saved by the legs of the keeper while at the other end keeper Rix punched out a header from Haines from under the bar.

Then on 53 minutes a great ball to Harvey-Cooper saw him provide a pin-point pass to Lee Will for him to score from close range to put the Royals ahead for the first time in the match.

Haverhill missed a great chance to equalise before, in the 68th minute, Lewis Flower floated in a free-kick from just over the halfway line for Herbert to put a majestic header over the keeper. Two minutes later Will sent a good ball through to Harvey-Cooper on the left and he cut in for a great individual goal.

A great comeback victory was complete and the Royals joined three Bostic League sides - Leiston, Needham Market and Bury Town - in the draw for the semi-finals.

Kirkley & Pakefield: Rix, Wilson, Wall, Hammond, Herbert, Flower, Grint (Hutchinson 87), Lopez, Will, Harvey-Cooper (Wilson 85), K Baker (Blades 80).

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