Football: Suffolk college penalty drama

A cool, last-minute penalty secured a place in the quarter-finals of the English Colleges FA Knockout Cup for West Suffolk College.The sports academy footballers travelled to Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, for the fifth round of the knockout cup.

A cool, last-minute penalty secured a place in the quarter-finals of the English Colleges FA Knockout Cup for West Suffolk College.

The sports academy footballers travelled to Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, for the fifth round of the knockout cup.

The teams had met a few weeks earlier, in a league game which ended two all after West Suffolk recovered Hartpury's initial 2-0 lead.

And Wednesday's game also ended 2-2 after extra time, West Suffolk winning 5-4 on penalties.


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Hartpury had the better of the first half, but it was West Suffolk who took the lead on 33 minutes through leading scorer Craig Nurse.

The second half was more even and Hartpury drew level on 53 minutes with a free kick that left Nick Pope with no chance. Hartpury took the lead on 72 minutes after a shot crept in at the near post.

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West Suffolk College responded well and after forcing a succession of corners, they were finally rewarded when Matt Chaplin made it 2-2.

Extra time was now needed and West Suffolk College should have retaken the lead after they were awarded a penalty, but Elliot Hunter's spot kick was saved. In the dying moments Lee Warren cleared on the goal line and soon after Pope saved well to keep the score level.

After eight spot-kicks, the scores were level at four each.

Nick Pope then saved Hartpury's fifth penalty. Up stepped 16-year-old Matt Chaplin with a penalty to win the match; he coolly sent the keeper the wrong way and secured West Suffolk College's place in the quarter-finals.

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