Wanderers book their place in final
St Albans Wanderers 4 Global 4 (Wanderers on pens.) WITH Wanderers having won both league games between the two teams this season, Global started the game as if they were determined to make amends. However, it was the home team who scored first. Followin
St Albans Wanderers 4 Global 4 (Wanderers on pens.)
WITH Wanderers having won both league games between the two teams this season, Global started the game as if they were determined to make amends. However, it was the home team who scored first.
Following wave after wave of attacking play by the visitors, Wanderers cleared down field to Jamal Ayoub who, with only the 'keeper to beat, coolly slotted home.
However, the lead did not last for long; Chris Peacock was given too much time by the Wanderers defence and was able to drive home from just inside the penalty area.
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It was Peacock again, shortly after, who narrowly beat the offside trap and hit an unstoppable shot from a narrow angle to give Global the lead.
In a game of nip and tuck, Wanderers equalised just before half-time, with full-back Simon Roberts tapping in when the Global defence failed to clear their lines after a corner.
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The second half continued in similar fashion. Richard Francis nodded the home team ahead just after the break, only for Peacock to reach his hat-trick with a far post header. Dave Ashley then forced the ball home for what Wanderers thought was the winner, but David Carroso forced extra time with a scrappy header.
After so many goals in normal time, it was ironic that neither team could score during the added half hour, although Matthew Briggs was unlucky not to score for Wanderers, when he hit the post following a pinpoint free kick from Tim Attwell.
The drama of penalties followed.
Wanderers' manager Steve Owen calmly put his team in front, but it was home 'keeper Dan Upwood who assumed the role of hero, saving two kicks before the visitors blasted their last kick skywards.
Wanderers claimed the semi-final 3-2 on penalties and now head for the Final at London Colney FC, against City Hearts who must travel down from their Stotfold base, on Thursday, April 15.