Penalty miss sets up midweek replay
Great Yarmouth Town 1, Wroxham 1 (aet)A missed penalty in extra time denied Yarmouth what would have been a well-deserved place in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals.
Great Yarmouth Town 1, Wroxham 1 (aet)
A missed penalty in extra time denied Yarmouth what would have been a well-deserved place in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals.
After Jake Reed was sent sprawling in the Wroxham area after seven minutes of the first extra period, Liam Bartley struck his spot kick well but not enough to beat ex-pro keeper Scott Howie who got a touch to send the ball over the bar.
“It was a good save but I should have scored it.” said Bartley,” who claimed not to have missed from the spot before.
It was not the first time Howie had saved his side. He was the busier keeper as the gusting wind dictated much of the play.
Yarmouth went ahead after 38 minutes of domination with the wind at their backs. A patient build-up saw Fernando Vide feed the ball to Martyn Magee to the right of goal and his well-struck right-foot shot slewed across Howie and in by the far post.
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Yarmouth withstood some tremendous second-half pressure. But the Yachtsmen were frustrated until the 78th minute when substitute James Bulman latched onto a through ball after a rare stray Yarmouth pass and went on to beat the advancing Michael Hilton and take the tie into extra time.
Dominic Smith had two good chances in the extra periods, as did Reed and Bartley.
Manager Paul Tong said he was proud of his players: “They gave everything, and on another night they'd have won a game. But we were playing a top side and they gave us respect, but you have to bear in mind the conditions.
“There were good chances for both sides and some good saves by both keepers but we had the misfortune to miss the penalty. Liam was brave enough to take it, so credit to him - he wanted to do it and Martyn Magee our normal penalty taker was not on the pitch by then. So no blame on him - we had other chances we missed. I'm proud of the boys. They competed and that's what I wanted them to do tonight. They showed they can play with the best.”
The draw for the semi-finals takes place tonight (Friday) on Radio Norfolk at 6.30 and the replay is at Wroxham on Tuesday (7.45), putting off once again Yarmouth's Division One Knockout Trophy game with Halstead.
Team - M Hilton, A Sewell, O Savage, C Roberts, M Saunders, M Magee (L Bartley 78), F Vide (B Junior 82), D Smith, S Roach, G Norman, S Woodcock (J Reed 75). Unused subs: M Thompson, J Bell. Att 77.