Leiston on the spot to grab cup

LEISTON secured the East Anglian Cup after a tense penalty shoot out at Cornard United.


Leiston 2 Brentwood Town 2

(After extra time: Leiston won 4-3 on penalties)

LEISTON secured the East Anglian Cup after a tense penalty shoot out at Cornard United.

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The Suffolk side led at the interval following a 22nd-minute goal from Michael Brothers after some great work by Pip Boyland.

They were also indebted to some good goalkeeping from Jamie Stannard, who made good saves to keep out both Carlos and Noble.

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Brentwood drew level on 62 minutes when Noble brilliantly controlled Wilson's long ball before volleying past Stannard. Eleven minutes later substitute Allen forced Brentwood keeper Palmer to concede a corner and from Cunningham's kick, skipper Goldfinch headed home through a crowd of players.

The lead lasted four minutes as Stannard punched clear Wilson's right-wing free kick only as far as the lively Noble, who headed over Stannard and into the empty net.

In the final minute of normal time Palmer made a great save to keep out Brothers.

Chances were limited in extra time with the Essex side's leading scorer Carlos guilty of a glaring miss with four minutes remaining, side-footing wide a Noble cross with a near empty goal at his mercy.

So to penalties. After Carlos scored for Brentwood and Goldfinch and Cunningham netted, Stannard proved to be the hero as he saved kicks from both Noble and Carroll.

After J Chenery missed for Leiston, Dickinson scored before an audacious chip from Saker gave Leiston the impetus and after Thomas scored Michael Brothers drove home the winning spot-kick.

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