Penalty King is cup hero

IN the 848848 Taxis/Sam Price Memorial Cup semi-finals, Highgrove met renowned cup fighters Cartmel and District.

The first half ended without a goal being scored but the second half was just 10 minutes old when a 20 yard pass from inside the Highgrove half of the field was collected by Rikki Ball.

His first touch was not brilliant and the ball appeared to run away from him but Cartmel’s keeper was slow to react and Ball fired his side into a 1-0 lead.

Things got worse for Cartmel when shortly afterwards Highgrove doubled their lead when they were awarded a controversial penalty, the old war horse Russell Mitchell converted the spot-kick with ease.

Cartmel, as ever, would not give up chasing and reduced the arrears with a well worked goal, the trickery of their left winger crossed an inch perfect cross to the outstanding Phil Gillette who turned in mid-air to send the ball just inside the post with the keeper wrong footed.

With just five minutes of the 90 remaining Cartmel got their equaliser with another header, this time from Matthew Burrows who directed the ball out of the reach of the keeper.

This brought extra time, neither side appeared to tire and they gave everything to try and win it without the need of penalties, but neither side could create another decent goal scoring opportunity, so the tie had to be settled on spot kicks.

Highgrove needed to score from the last of their five penalties, up stepped Scott King who just managed to squeeze the ball past the Cartmel keeper to ensure the win.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-04-12) for full story.