After 90 minutes of gruelling play, with both having led during the game, Yorkshire Amateur came out 5-4 winners after an epic penalty shootout with fellow NCEL Premier Division side Handsworth Parramore.
Harrison Blakey initially game Ammas the lead on 24 minutes, then a goal on the stroke of half-time from Jon Froggatt levelled the tie up.
The turnaround was complete just before the hour mark when Lee Cooksey netted, but Ammas were not done as Fernando Moke squeezed the ball home on 76 minutes which sent the game straight to penalties – which they won 5-4.
Neil Sibson, Yorkshire Amateur joint manager was pleased with the win, “A very well deserved pat on the back for both teams who competed to the very end in this cup battle. But we must also recognise the hard work and commitment our boys showed to come back from being behind in the tye to eventually win on pens.
“We were good to our word and we made changes that we planned. The boys that came in did a fine job against a strong Handsworth side who were looking to get there season back on track last night which I’m sure they will do as they are a very good side.
“We now have tough match on Saturday against Thackley and also some tough decisions to be made regarding team selection which is a good headache to have. We must give a special mention to 18 year old Nathan Hunt who was man of the match last night for the Ammers running the show in midfield.
“Saturdays match will just be as tough so we will stay focussed and move on.”
Whilst from the opposing dugout, James Colliver feels his side need their luck to change, “It was another good game with two good sides trying to play in the right way, Yorkshire Amateurs movement off the ball was particularly impressive.
“The game was played at an high tempo , we allowed them too much time on the ball in the first half but once we pressed them higher up the pitch I felt like their was only one team looking like winning the game in the second half. We forced them into errors and deservedly took the lead.
“I felt we was in the front foot going into extra time, I saved my substitutes thinking that the game would go to extra time as the rule book states only to be told to both technical areas disbelief it was going straight to penalties!
“In the same competition Bridlington and Goole went to extra time so why didn’t we? We are having a tough spell, we don’t seem to be getting the drop of the ball or the rub of the green and at the other end like last night a deflection goes in our net! We certainly worked hard, played with high intensity and created more chances so if we play like that I’m confident our luck will change.”