Penalty drama sees Man Met progress into the next round of the cup.
A cup match at Platt Lane saw Manchester Metropolitan 1sts 1sts battle Liverpool John Moore’s University 1sts in a great game.
When the game began it seemed very even. MMU dominated possession as usual, LJMU came out with a strong press, letting the home side know they weren’t going to be rolled over.
After a cagey thirty minutes, the game opened up. A cross from Ben Coward was met by Tom Carr who hit the frame of the goal. Minutes soon after, LJMU hit the bar from a free-kick given away.
The boys went into the dressing room at half-time, the score was 0-0 and neither team deserved a lead. Coach Gareth Smith sent his boys out after talking tactics to try and break this deadlock.
Five minutes into the second half, MMU broke the deadlock. A free kick just outside the box by the left corner flag was taken by captain Nathan Baker, which the wall blocked. However, he won the second ball and whipped it into the box but was headed away. Ben Coward picks up the scraps, drove into the box and nestled the ball into the net.
The game turned stale. The opposition were happy to leave in defeat and MMU were happy also.
This was until the 90th minute.
Another sloppy free-kick was given away by MMU, leading to LJMU smashing a free-kick off the crossbar and into the back of the net, one lapse in concentration takes MMU into penalties.
Penalties ended 5-4 in favour of MMU. A save from Prince Osei made the difference and there were scenes of jubilation on the pitch. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
Another entertaining week at Platt Lane with us through to the next round of the cup, onto the next.