The game went ahead on a very heavy and bumpy pitch. (the 3 other quarter final game were all postponed due to the weather) Hollands and Blair FC were a very good young physical team.
Although the pitch was not suited to St Peter’s normal passing game they took a 2-0 lead through goals from Hugo Pereira after 4 minutes and a Sol Solomon penalty for a heavy mistimed tackle on him in the 15th minute. They were dominating the play and should have added to their goal tally. However in the 35th and 37th minute two quick goals from Hollands and Blair, the first a rather soft penalty by Charlie Dale and a brilliantly worked goal by Tyler King brought the scores level. that’s how it remained until half time.
Immediately after half time St Peter added two further goals from Sol Solomon the first in 47th minute when he got in front of his marker to bury a great Ryan Marcinko Cross from the left and the second in the 55th minute a Solomon trade mark free kick from the edge of the area following a foul on himself . Once again St Peter two goals up and looking comfortable, with Tommy Boarer and Toby Ritzema dominating the midfield and the whole team committed to the cause.
Again Hollands and Blair came back with Charlie Dale scoring his second in 70th minute to bring them back into the game 4-3 to St Peter.
It took an absolutely fantastic save from goalkeeper Josh Jehan to prevent H&B drawing level . Just minutes later St Peter were awarded a second penalty, which was despatched beyond the keeper’s reach into his bottom left hand corner.
The game finish 5-3 with St Peter looking to add to their tally
A thoroughly deserved victory against a team currently unbeaten in the best Youth league in Kent. Although Rui Marques charges played exceptionally well , the heavy pitch and the prevailing conditions prevented them playing their normal free flowing football to the highest standards that they have set this season.
The semi final opponents and date has not been announced but is likely to be in March due to the Jersey Island teams County Cup fixtures. These are exciting times at St Peter with the Youth team emulating the Clubs senior side by reaching the semi-final of their respective prestigious Kent County competitions.