RYEDALE boss John Reed hailed his side’s League Cup triumph as a massive achievement for the club after their 6-5 win on penalties against Edgehill at Mill Lane last night.
The sides couldn’t be separated after extra-time with Matty Allison cancelling out Paul Allick’s opener for Edgehill, and the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out, with Dean Lill’s crucial effort striking the post to spark celebrations among the large travelling contingent from nearby Ryedale.
Boss Reed was delighted with his side’s battling performance, despite an apparent lack of real quality from either side.
He said: “It’s a massive achievement for the club to win the League Cup.
“It is the first time the club has won any competition at this level in its history, so the players deserve all the credit for that.
“It was a hard-fought game and we did well to come back from a goal behind as they were on top.
“The only real moment of quality we produced resulted in our goal and a draw was probably the fair result in the end.
“I thought we’d lost it when Aaron Jenking stood up with the chance to win it, but Rob Campbell did well and managed to save it.
“Penalty shoot-outs are always terrible, but the lads deserve credit for stepping up and managing to hold their nerve.”
l Read Daniel Gregory’s match report and more pictures on page 29