S7 Soccer Academy are through to the Semi finals of the Orphanage Cup after a 4-2 victory over East Lancashire Teachers.

S7 were without key players Zack Dale (Let down), Daniel Stubberfield (Work commitments) and were forced to start the game with only 10 men after a few players got stuff in traffic travelling to the game.

S7 started with a 4-4-1 formation until the other players managed to arrive. The game started at a fast pace with Jordan Macquarrie causing all kind of problems with his pace and trickery, it was this trickery and a combination of sloppy defending that lead to the opening goal. Macquarrie weaved his way into the penalty area and was brought down with a sloppy challenge, the referee immediately pointed to the spot. With regular penalty taker Stubberfield missing up stepped Lewis Hamlin from 12 yards. He cheekily chipped the ball down the middle of the goal to make it 1-0 to the despair of the diving goalkeeper.

S7 were still with 10 men and East Lancs Teachers made their numerical advantage count from a set piece, S7 failed to defend a corner and the rebound was lashed home to make it 1-1. Things got worse 5 minutes later when the left winger was allowed too much room to cross and the centre forward connected with a bullet header that flew into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 to the Teachers, it was the first time S7 had been behind in the whole competition.

Shortly after going behind the 2 players finally arrived, which meant S7 could switch to 4-4-1-1 allowing Hamlin to push further forward and support the isolated Macqurrie in attack. S7 thought they had equalised in the 25th minute, Macquarrie raced onto a Hamlin through ball, he rounded the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into the empty net only for the goal to be disallowed by the linesmans flag. S7 kept pushing forward and finally got the deserved equaliser after some more good work Macquarrie. He beat one defender and pulled the ball back to Hamlin who took a touch before cooly slotting the ball beneath the goalkeeper. Although playing against the wind S7 looked the more likely team to score the next goal. Just before half time S7 took the lead for the second time in the game. S7 were awarded a free kick in a wide position after Macquarrie was hacked down with a shocking challenge. Hamlin took the free kick with great accuracy and curled the ball past the keeper into the far top corner, it was his hat trick and it was 3-2 to S7 at half time.

The second half continued as the first half had finished with S7 playing some neat football and creating plenty of chances. Hamlin almost scored his fourth goal when he linked up well again with Macquarrie but the keeper made a good save down to his right. S7 had a couple of other chances but Macquarrie was again flagged offside when he looked well onside.

The only threat East Lancs Teachers had was from set pieces but everything was dealt with by the impressive back 4 and holding midfielder David Hickey who had another impressive display, he broke up lots of attacks and played some very decisive passes.

The game was wrapped up with 10 minutes left to play, Hamlin beat the offside trap and was through one on one with the goalkeeper, he showed good composure to slot the ball home getting his and S7's fourth of the game. Macqurrie should of made it 5-2 in the dying minutes and got the goal his performance deserved, he outpaced the defender but blazed his shot over the bar when a simple pass would of provided a team mate with a tap in.

Line up: Gillibrand, Corran (45), Errey, Mason, Sargeson, Gallaher, Hickey, Brierley, White, Hamlin, Macquarrie.

Subs: Dunn (45)

Man of the Match: Lewis Hamlin

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