Ripley Rangers U13’s move in to Rowsley League Cup final

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Ripley Rangers U13 moved in to the Rowsley League Cup final with a 2-1 against Somersall Rangers.

Rangers knew they would have to be at the top of their game to beat league leaders Somersall.

Against the wind Ripley kept the ball down and played neat football, with James Phillips and Kiean Hooper pulling the strings in midfield.

Somersall were using the wind well with some balls over the top, but they were dealt with by Reece Askew and Regan McDonagh very comfortably.

Luke Goold was in control between the posts for Ripley making a couple of good saves aided by Jo Bower.

Dylan Goodall was threading ball through and the Tigerish David Murray was chasing everything down with Hounslow.

The game flowed from end to end with neither side able to find the cutting edge before half-time leaving the game goal-less.

The second half started with Ripley Rangers playing with the wind behind them and both Maskell and Kallum Warman going close.

But Somersall broke upfield and stunned Ripley as they took the lead when a looping shot was saved by Goold, before an advancing forward pounced to slot the ball home.

Ripley’s heads dropped momentarily but, spurred on by management and vociferous home support, raised their game.

And they got the equaliser they were seeking when Jaden Bishop scored from close to the halfway line with eight minutes to go.

They made it 2-1 with just two minutes to go when a great passing move involving Maskell, Murray and Hounslow eventually the found Hooper, who picked his spot from 12 yards.

Ripley then survived a nervous final few moments to secure their cup final spot next month at South Normanton.