Grimsby Town progressed to the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire FA County Senior Cup this afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Blundell Park.
Town led 2-0 at half time through a 10th-minute Yussuf header to finish off Bolarinwa’s good play down the right, and a 38th-minute tap-in from Boyce following a goal line scramble.
And the Mariners extended their lead just 13 minutes into the second half via a great goal from Cardwell as he beat the keeper at his near-post from the edge of the area, before trialist Brandon Robinson closed the scoring with 20 minutes left to play as his powerful shot was helped across the line by the woodwork.
Town starting XI: McKeown; Davies, Boyce (C), Keeble, Dixon; Bolarinwa, Summerfield, Ait El Haj, Dembele, Yussuf; Robinson.
Town started brightly as Dembele stole the ball in the middle of the park in the first minute and played it through to Robinson, who beat his man before having his shot comfortably caught by Scunthorpe goalkeeper Kelsey.
Dembele was rewarded with a round of applause from the Town fans in the eighth minute as he broke up play in the middle again before gliding past Harrison and Busby, but his effort from 25 yards drifted just wide of the left post.
It took Town just 10 minutes to break the deadlock as Bolarinwa proved too much for Bartholomew down the right wing and delivered a great cross for Yussuf, who made no mistake of guiding it into the top-left corner with a neat header.
Mariners trialist Ait El Haj caught the eye in his defensive-midfield role, winning the ball in the middle of the park with well-timed tackles and playing sensible short passes to full-backs Davies and Dixon, who could be more adventurous going forward down the wings.
Yussuf almost got his brace in the 20th minute as he found space on the edge of the area and chose to let fly, but his powerful across-goal shot flew just past the left post.
And Town came close again two minutes later as Dembele fashioned an opening with his quick feet inside the visitors’ area and passed it out to Summerfield, whose side-footed effort forced Kelsey to parry it away for a corner.
Dembele seemed to thrive in the number 10 rule behind Robinson, as the 20-year-old was constantly closing down Scunthorpe’s defence, and looking to get a shot off or feed the ball through to his teammates.
And Town eventually got their two-goal cushion on 38 minutes as Bolarinwa’s header rebounded off the bar and landed to skipper Boyce, who tapped it in on the goal line to make it 2-0.
Half time: Grimsby Town 2-0 Scunthorpe United.
Town made three changes in the second half as trialists Killip, Cardwell, and Rollins replaced McKeown, Dembele, and Summerfield. After a slow start to the second period, Town made it 3-0 on 58 minutes as Bolarinwa played a short pass to Cardwell on the edge of the area, and the trialist striker fired it home into the bottom-left corner and beat Kelsey at his near-post.
Slade made his fourth change of the game on 62 minutes as Wright replaced Davies.
Scunthorpe changed their goalkeeper a minute later as Riches came on for Kelsey.
Town continued to dominate in the second half, playing good football in midfield, tiring out their opposition, and regularly getting themselves in goalscoring positions.
The Mariners finally made it 4-0 on 70 minutes as Bolarinwa quickly won the ball in his own half and created a counter attack for Town, skipping past several men along the way, before finding Robinson – on the edge of the area – whose powerful strike beat Riches and bounced in off the woodwork.
Town made two more changes with 15 minutes left to play as Sawyer and Venney came on for Ait El Haj and Dixon.
Cardwell came agonisingly close to grabbing his brace in the 78th minute as he found himself one-on-one with Riches, but he couldn’t find the target as his wayward effort skidded into the hoardings guarding the Pontoon Stand.
Town trialist Paul-Jones replaced Robinson on 82 minutes. Full time: Grimsby
Town 4-0 Scunthorpe United.
Town will now face Boston United in the semi-final of the pre-season competition on July 22nd at the Jakemans Stadium. .