Goldsborough exit cup in shoot-out drama

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GOLDSBOROUGH’S Eileen Hodgson Cup chances were ended in a nail-biting shoot-out.

This game got off to a frantic start with Bull’s Head taking the lead in the opening minute.

A foul on the left just outside the penalty box resulted in a free-kick which James Rowe netted from.

Goldsborough claimed the referee did not indicate it was direct kick.

The game settled down and both sides competed well for the ball but few opportunities were created. Mark Stonehouse had a great chance to double the lead for the Bull’s after going past a defender and rounding the keeper, but failed to convert.

At the start of the second half, Goldsborough stepped up a gear and created an early breakaway opportunity. This was followed up by their equaliser on 49 minutes when Hegarty hit a fantastic shot that arrowed into the top right corner.

Shortly afterwards, Goldsborough took the lead through a well-worked goal, which started on the right and Rictor converted Hegarty’s cross with a superb diving header.

A breakaway opportunity for Bulls came and Andy Brunton’s effort was well saved by the keeper. Then a cross in from the right saw Jason Rye beat the Goldsborough keeper to the ball to level for the Bulls.

Extra time saw some scrappy play, which was understandable given the recent weather, which was slowly sapping the energy of both sets of players.

The only chance of note was a long-range effort by Goldsborough that was well-saved by Andy McDonald in the Bull’s Head goal.

The penalty shoot-out saw Lamb, Stonehouse and Rowe net for the Bull’s while their keeper McDonald made two saves with Hegarty scoring the only goal for Goldsborough.