Croydon 2 Deal Town 2 (aet – Deal won 5-4 on pens)

By Deal Town

Deal battled their way through to the quarter-finals of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy by winning a penalty shootout at Croydon on Saturday.

After the second-round tie had finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time the Hoops converted five of their six spot kicks through Dan Adams, Luke Bigginton, Vinnie Philpott, Steve O’Brien and Kristen Gregory. Connor Coyne was the only Deal player who failed to score, with his shot being saved by the Croydon ‘keeper.

But the south London side struck the woodwork with two of their six efforts to ensure it was the Hoops who pulled off a memorable victory despite only having a 13-man squad due to injuries and suspensions.

Croydon had taken the lead with 19 minutes gone through a penalty by their top scorer Jeff Duah-Kessie after he was fouled in the box by Luke Bigginton. But “Biggy” then made amends by equalising two minutes later when he added the final touch to a superb strike from Philpott.

The score then stayed at 1-1 until five minutes after the restart when Bigginton again found the target from an O’Brien corner and that looked as though it was going to be enough to give Deal victory until Andy Mott drew the Trams level in the dying minutes.

Extra-time then failed to separate the teams and so it was down to the dreaded penalty shootout where the young Deal side received due reward for all the guts and commitment they had shown during the previous 120 minutes.

5 Responses

  1. Well done to all involved.
    Lets hope for a home draw in the next round with (hopefully) all those injuries and suspensions cleared up!
    Lets hope some are back for Saturday against the ‘Oaks,as points are needed!

  2. Yes gotta say fantastic achievement and I missed it(gutted).
    So pleased for everyone at the club brilliant.
    Well deserved.
    Come on Deal.!!!

  3. pretty good game to watch,great to get a result in the end.hard to pick out anyone that didn’t show guts and determination.what was required on the day .well done everyone involved.

  4. Rather spooky that we have Sevenoaks on Saturday and that we have drawn them in the next round!
    Definitely a case of sussing out strengths and weaknesses!

  5. The draws have been against us of late just nice to draw a team that doesn’t start with the letter C.
    Just means that the game against Crowborough has been cancelled and will probably take place in the week.
    Along trip on a week night again.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

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