Athletico’s penalty delight

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Athletico 2B collected the Frank White Trophy on Easter Monday when they sunk battling Cayton Corinthians Reserves in a penalty shoot-out.

Sam Hart’s side kept their nerve to win 4-2 from the spot after their tussle at Seamer finished all square at 2-2 when referee Perrie Bunton blew his final whistle.

A jovial Hart said: “We knew that they were going to put up a strong side and that they would give us a good test.

“My worry was the fact that we had beaten them comfortably earlier in the season, I thought our lads might have been a little bit over confident.

“We were brilliant in the first half, having two cleared off the line so we deserved our lead.

“In the second half they battled back, they won a dubious penalty and then scored from a great finish for their second.

“The lads put in a massive shift though, they gave 100 per cent. I thought Kyle May was immense in midfield alongside Shaun Dodson. We were solid at the back and our forwards just kept running and running.

“It is always nice to win a cup and I think we did deserve it.”

After early Athletico 2B pressure, the game descended into a war of attrition on a bobbly Seamer pitch.

A moment of quality from Athletico broke the deadlock, as Shaun Dodson rose powerfully at the far post to nod home Nick David’s corner.

Cayton huffed and puffed in response, but their finishing was wayward at best.

Things were altered in the Cayton ranks at the break and they came out with a more focused approach.

Zak Hanson bent a shot just wide from distance, then Scott McCabe lifted the ball over after a glorious Paul Amoah flick.

The potent Athletico attack had other ideas though and it looked as though they had wrapped it up when Shaun Goodwin wriggled free in the box and rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

Nick David could have added a third, but he failed to convert brother Ben David’s whipped ball across the face of goal.

Cayton opted for a route one approach to test the tiring Athletico back-line, and the pace of Amoah out-stripped Shaun Wood, who caught him in the box.

The referee pointed at the spot and sub Adam Stockell stroked his penalty beyond Steve McCausland.

Ben David could have sealed the victory for Athletico when he was sent clean through on Cayton’s Steve Hill, but the 17-year-old pulled off a fine save.

Play soon switched to the other end and Cayton levelled the proceedings in magnificent fashion.

The ball fell to Stockell around 25 yards from goal and he let go with a sweetly-struck effort that gave McCausland no hope.

Both teams toiled away in the chilly conditions during the final few moments of the game, but few highlights emerged and a shootout was required to decide the destination of the silverware.

Stockell failed to repeat his goalscoring feats when smashing the first against the bar and Dodson gave Athletico the advantage with a controlled finish.

Successful penalties from Cayton’s Mark Knowlson and John Best sandwiched Ben David’s kick to leave the contest poised at 2-2.

But McCausland held Hanson’s effort after Nick David’s goal to leave Goodwin the chance to seal the success for Athletico - and he made no mistake.