Football:Cup joy for Trinity as Scottish move back to top spot in Combination

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Scottish moved above St Peter and Trinity – on goal-difference – after defeating Grouville 2-0 at Les Quennevais while Trinity defeated St Peter 1-0 in a semi-final Le Riche Cup tie at Springfield.

John Rutter’s first-half strike fired Trinity into the final where they will play Jersey Scottish, at Springfield next Tuesday – four days before they meet again at Trinity for league points.

Trinity joint-manager Adam Reid said: ‘It was an entertaining cup-tie, both teams gave their all throughout and I think we edged it on the night.

‘We were unlucky a little bit too, we beat their goalkeeper a couple of times only for their boys to clear the ball off the goal line.

‘Ashley Dodd and Darren Swanson were excellent in midfield.

I also felt our fitness showed in the end.

We’ve had a few games in a short space of time and that after playing on a really heavy pitch in Guernsey on Saturday.

‘We’ve had an interest in everything this season – it’s our third cup final – and we’re still in with a shout of the league title.’ St Peter manager Jon Trigg said: ‘We were impatient and we disappointed.

We’ve not had a game for a couple of weeks and it was just what we wanted.

‘Trinity tested us, they were excellent on the back of their game in Guernsey on Saturday.

We huffed and puffed and unfortunately did not create enough.

‘There’s ten days of the season left and still a lot to be played for.’ Scottish manager Bob Kearsey said: ‘I’m relieved to get the three points, Grouville again made it tough for us and with half a dozen missing for varying reasons we did well.

‘Craig Leitch gave us the lead after 12 minutes only for Grouville to come back at us hard but they missed two good chances.

‘At half time we led 1-0, it could easily have been 3-1 to us or 2-1 to them, it was an open first 45 minutes.

‘In the second half Ross Crick put us two-up midway through with a header on a back post and after that we had other good chances.

We finished the better side after showing good attitude and strength while under-16 Jack Boyle impressed in midfield.’ Grouville manager Ian Horswell said: ‘Defensively we could have dealt better with both the goals we conceded.

‘Craig also scuffed his shot for his goal and it completely deceived our goalkeeper.

Peter Hall then had two good chances, one was saved while he struck the crossbar with the other.

‘I felt we shaded the first half and we would go on from there, but unfortunately we didn’t.’

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