Spot on Southward wins it

Man of the Match: Paul Southward
Man of the Match: Paul Southward
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This much anticipated Houston Cup quarter final clash between these local rivals turned out to be a real nail biter.

A large crowd including several Villa supporters welcomed the teams out and the first half was a tight, tense affair with neither side giving anything away.

The only real goal action came on the 16th minute when ‘Rocky’ Roskell’s header from a corner looked to be well over the line before being cleared but the ref was unsighted and unable to give it.

The battle continued in the second half, both sides having penalty shouts which were waved away by the referee but Garstang increased the pressure in the last 15 minutes. Firstly Graham broke away but Wilkinson came out to block the shot and then Panepinto headed just wide at the far post from a Sutcliff free kick.

With five minutes to go Wyre had a good break down the left and as the ball came in it looked like they were going to nick the winning goal until Swindlehurst came from nowhere to make a match saving tackle.

In the very last minute Graham wriggled free again and looked certain to score but a nudge in the back knocked him off balance and Wilkinson came to the rescue again.

And so to the dreaded penalty shoot out. Villa went first and scored,

Sutcliff drilled in Garstang’s first before Parry fired wide and Panepinto made it 2-1 Garstang.

Curwen then pulled off a brilliant stop from Passmore before Graham stepped up to make it 3-1 Garstang. Villa scored their second, meaning it was all over if Southward scored.

The ball dispatched to the bottom left corner led to excited celebrations. Tough on Villa but its Garstang through to the semis.

Man of the Match: Paul Southward

Garstang Team: Dan Curwen, Dan Sutcliff, Paul Southward, Joe Miller, Jack Swindlehurst, John Baldwin, Mark Kippax, Adam Roskell, Tom Graham, Phil Roskell (capt), Ben Stuart

Subs: Oscar Panepinto (for A Roskell 66), Rick Chamberlain and Dave Porter (not used)