Penalty Drama for Development Squad in the Cup
Ashton Athletic 2 Witton Albion 0 - Agg Score 5-5
The second leg of the league cup game saw Ashton Athletic's Development squad face Witton Albion in the return match. After losing 5-3 in the first leg it would be a difficult ask but with the form the team are in, all was possible. Although it was crucial not to concede an early goal.
Ashton got into their stride right from the start and dominated the game. Witton were pegged back, having to defend and couldn't seem to get out of their own half.
It was only a matter of time before Ashton broke through and it was well worth the wait!
One of the best goal's seen for quite a while down at Brocstedes as Daz Hale scored an absolute beauty. An overhead kick which smashed into the net, from a long throw in giving the Witton keeper no chance. 1-0 on the night, 4-5 on aggregate.
Ashton had all the momentum now but Witton realised this was a cup tie and began to get more and more into the game.
The match swung to and fro but with no clear cut chances until Ashton won a free kick on the edge of the box. The ball was whipped in and Sam Sheen rose above the Albion defence to head home with a superb quality finish. 2-0 Ashton. 5-5 Aggregate score and it remained that way until half time.
The second half was a real tight affair with both teams committed to giving their all but no team could create that killer pass to make the break through. Witton did have the ball in the net but it was ruled offside by the linesman and the visitors were probably the stronger side in that second half.
The game got more and more frantic as time wore on but it was all to no avail as we headed for a penalty shootout. Substitutions were made in the final few minutes to make sure the penalty takers were on the pitch and time ran out for both teams as the final whistle blew. Aggregate scores were level at 5-5.
Both teams selected their top 5 penalty takers and went for it. Ashton were up first and got the score up to 2-1 before Albion had their second pen superbly saved by Ashton's keeper Keane Stanley in the bottom right corner. The home side players all held their nerve, in fact having a 100% record in never missing a penalty in the shoot out and went through 5-3 on the night.
A superbly entertaining game and great result for the Development Squad. Man of the Match for this reporter was Daz Hale who worked tirelessly for the team throughout the night and scored a brilliant opening goal!
Well done lads - looking forward to the next round.