Fishermen’s won through a dramatic Coastal Shellfish Cup derby which had everything – eight goals, penalties and a red card.
Whitby RFC set the tempo early on, dominating possesion and took the lead when captain Sam Richardson smashed in from the edge off the box after a chested lay-off from Damon Craig.
Craig them himself had two great chances to extend the club lead but Paul Cull in the Fishermen’s goal got down well and Craig pulled his other chance wide.
Division one side Fishermen’s started to grow into the game and drew level from the spot as Harry Smith was adjudged to have handled the ball. Karl Storr made no mistake from the spot.
Ryan Braithwaite turned the game around before the break in spectacular style, striking a sweet 25-yarder over Gale .
The second half began and Rugby Club got an equaliser through the dangerous Kilpatrick he beat his man and while the referee turned down penalty appeals for a push, Kilpatrick carried on, taking the ball past two defenders and drilling home.
Fishermen’s then struck back straight away, as Neil Hart found space on the edge of the area and rolled in a shot to restore Fishermen’s lead.
Back came RFC again through Kilpatrick, expertly running down the left, he beat three defenders and struck into the corner off the goal.
Club were reduced to 10 men when David Welham was given his second yellow after a late tackle on Braithwaite.
Club battled superbly away – Fishermen’s were creating dangerous openings but Chad Swales, Harry Smith and Phil Spencer were doing well in a defensive three.
Jordan Purvis then struck the crossbar after neat play from 20 yards.
Paul Jobling was then sent clear and his shot came back off a post and then Cull kept his quick free-kick out with a good save to his right.
With seconds left, Benn Sullivan was dragged to the floor and Rugby Club were awarded a penalty. Cull was the Fishermen’s hero, saving the spot-kick to take the game to extra time.
Fishermen’s put RFC under pressure and went back in front. Dylan Goldsmith’s shot came back off a post and Ian Smith drilled home from the rebound.
Rugby Club created half chances but were running out of steam and got caught out pushing forward as Braithwaite sealed the tie by rolling into the empty net.
RFC boss Ste Mothersdale said: “We were a spot-kick away from doing it so I am delighted with my team’s effort and shows how far we have come in two years.
“Karl Storr and Ryan Braithwaite were very good for Fishermen’s and you have to look at Paul Cull in the home goal - strikers score goals and get headlines but he deserves the headlines for me, saving a spot-kick in the last kick of the game to take it into extra time.
“We wish them well in the next round and for the rest of the season and I’d like to praise all my lads for a great effort and very good local cup tie.”
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