Ryhall United booked thier place in the Ancaster Cup final after coming through a dramatic penalty shoot-out last night (Monday)
After a 1-1 draw at full time the set-piece showdown finished 9-8 in Ryhall’s favour when keeper John Feetham scored United’s 11th penalty to knock-out last year’s cup winners Pointon.
Ryhall fell behind midway through the first half when Spalding United regular Mitch Griffiths blasted past Feetham from close range to give Pointon the lead.
Ryhall were forced to defend well with Pointon pinning them back looking for a second.
But the tide turned in the second half as United found another gear.
Ryan Brown latched onto a Jake Walton through ball to slot home an equaliser.
Luke Ball then lost his marker as he met Ben Dickinson’s cross but couldn’t direct his header goal wards.
The game flowed form end to end as both teams looked to win the game.
Pointon thought they had grabbed a late goal as the ball was slotted in from close range and celebrations erupted but for the offside flag to rule it out.
To add to the tension in the last minute Ryhall had the ball in the net when Brown flashed a shot under the keeper but it was United’s turn to be denied a winner from an offside flag and penalties were evident.
Ryhall were first to miss as Jack Travers sent the second spot kick wide, Feetham then saved well to level the shoot out.
Penalty after penalty was put away until the Pointon kicker sent his shot over the bar to gift Joe Lippett the chance to win it with the 16th penalty of the shoot out.
Lippett struck the ball well but the keeper guessed right and palmed the ball against the post as the tension grew.
Danny Sheehan and Luke Ball both slotted their penalties to level the score at 8-8 with just the goal keepers to go,
Feetham turned out to be the hero, just as reserve team keeper Steve Rudkin had been the week before when his side lifted the PFA Junior Cup via penalties.
First Feetham dived to his left to clutch hold of a tentative spot kick before slamming his own penalty home to send Ryhall through to the final.
The all Rutland final of the competition takes place on Thursday night when Ryhall will meet Cottesmore Amateurs at the Abbey Lawn, the home of Bourne Town. Kick-off is 7pm.
Ryhall United: John Feetham, Jack Neath, Michael Webb, Joe Lippett, Barry Burton(Danny Sheehan), Jake Walton, Ben Dickinson, Jack Travers, Henry Dunn, Luke Ball, Ryan Brown.
Substitutes: Russell Aust, Dan Aust.