YOUTH FOOTBALL: Great Ponton go out of county cup after penalties

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Under-18 Lincolnshire Cup

Second round

Great Ponton U17 5

Wyberton Colts U18 5 aet

(Wyberton won 4-2 on penalties)

Great Ponton put on a brave display against older opponents in an epic county cup tie.

Wyberton scored first, hitting home from a free kick.

But Ponton soon equalised. Good wing play by Matthew Rawding saw him feed skipper Adam Gait who made no mistake and smashed home.

Wyberton went back in front shortly afterwards.

However, Ponton pressed and a good run by striker Charlie Copley ended with him firing home to make it two apiece.

But once again, the Colts regained the advantage and Ponton went into half time trailing 3-2.

In the second half, Ponton pressured and Macauley Hughes went close.

Wyberton stretched their advantage to 4-2 but Ponton were not done yet and cancelled Colts’ fourth goal out when midfielder Anthony Renshaw beat their goalkeeper.

Ponton were now on top of the situation and levelled the affair with captain Gait breaking away and smashing home for 4-4.

Following more pressure, Ponton had more goal scoring opportunities, with Gait, Hughes and Renshall all going close.

The game went into extra time and Ponton still looked the stronger team. They went in front for the first time in the game when once again, after a good move, Gait hit home from 15 yards.

But in the very last minute of extra time, Wyberton equalised to make it 5-5 and take the cup tie to a deciding penalty shoot-out.

And disappointment followed for the valiant Ponton lads, with Wyberton running out 4-2 victors on penalties.

Great Ponton’s man of the match was awarded to the whole team by manager Dave Rawding.

Ponton: Cook, Moffat, Brain, Miles, Doughty, Dixon, Renshaw, Rawding, Hughes, Gait, Copley, McDonald.