Garstang exit Richardson Cup on penalties

Goal-mouth action between Eagley and Garstang.
Goal-mouth action between Eagley and Garstang.
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Garstang went out of a cup competition for the second time this season on penalties as they exited the Richardson Cup at the hands of Eagley after a 1-1 draw.

The first real chance of the quarter-final tie fell to Garstang when Matty Poole chased down a clearance by Darby but the striker was unable to steer the ball past the outstretched arms of Kinsella.

There was a degree of misfortune for the visitors when Eagley opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

The linesman raised his flag for offside causing the Garstang defence to hesitate but the referee didn’t blow and Ainscough went on to score.

Garstang were undeterred though as Poole sliced a shot wide on the uneven surface and Bell went close on two occasions from long range.

They got their reward in first half stoppage time as Anderson calmly lobbed the home keeper to make it 1 –1 following some good work by Andy Taylor.

Both sides had chances in the second half as Eagley also saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Tensions were rising too with the hosts losing Ainscough to a straight red card after an off the ball incident involving Fawcett.

In a frantic final 15 minutes Kinsella saved twice from Louth and Garstang had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down as the game went to penalties with Garstang going out 5-3.