St Ives Town 0 Kings Lynn Town 0 Saints Win 6-5 Penalties
Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Southern League Challenge Cup First Round
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
This match was the perfect advert for those who say that a penalty shoot out should take place before the game as neither side produced much to write home about in the 90 minutes.
This was also a very unfortunate evening for the Linnets Matthew Castellan who sustained a serious injury in a clash of heads with Ives substitute Justin Leavers 20 minutes before the end. The injury lead to a 40 minute delay which meant the heroics of Tim Trebes in saving two Linnets penalties was probably only witnessed by about 60 people as half of the meagre Tuesday evening crowd had already departed.
This competition is not favoured by a lot of Clubs as there is little money to be made from it and it is seen as something of an interruption to the serious business of picking up League points, or hunting prize money in the more lucrative FA competitions. With this in mind the visitors made seven changes to their line up from their previous game and the Ives made four.
The game started slowly with neither side putting in an attempt on goal worthy of note until 18th minute when Linnets Eoin McQuaid jinked his way into the box and fired in a shot that Ives captain for the night Lee Chaffey did well to block. Kurtis Revan pounced on the loose ball and fired in a low drive that required a smart save from keeper Trebes plunging low to his left to turn the ball around the post.
This turned out to be the only effort worthy of note in the entire first half. Ives huffed and puffed, but were unable to trouble Luke Pearson in the visitors goal. In fact his only nervous moments in the first period came from bobbling back passes from some of his colleagues. He did well to deal with all three getting the ball to safety just ahead of Ives forwards on each occasion.
After the lacklustre first period it was something of a shock as the visitors went at the Ives straight from the off. A long ball down the right by Jacek Zielonka picked out Revan who found space to turn and run at the home defence. His weaving run was ended unfairly by Chaffey on the corner of the box. McQuaid delivered the free kick to the back post where Gary Mills rose highest, but he powered his header over from a good position.
Ives best effort of the game came on 55 minutes as Harry O’Malley delivered a ball into the box from the right that Dan Quigley took out of his goalkeeper’s hands. Danny Kelly instantly put him under pressure and robbed the errant defender inside his own box. Kelly picked out Josh Dawkin by the penalty spot, Dawkin struck his shot well, but Pearson pulled out the save of the night flying full length to his left to palm the ball away. Ben Seymour-Shove pounced on the rebound and fired the ball home off the underside of the crossbar from a narrow angle only to see the effort ruled out by an assistant’s raised flag.
Leavers came on for the ineffective Andrew Phillips on 69 minutes and spurned the best chance of the night with his first touch only seconds later. Kelly won the ball in midfield and played it into the feet of Dawkin on the left. The winger’s low cross looked certain to pick out Leavers arriving on the penalty spot, but Quigley got just enough of a touch to ensure that the young striker’s attempt to side foot the ball home only ended in a miss kick that bobbled harmlessly wide.
The unfortunate injury to Castellan occurred only seconds later and although the initial challenge looked fairly innocuous the instant reaction of the referee and players in the vicinity lead us to realise that the injury was a serious one. Urgent medical attention was administered instantly by both teams physio’s and Club Secretary Marina Howlett with her intensive care experience again proving vital. These were quickly followed by first responders, paramedics and the air ambulance crew. The player was still only semi-conscious when ferried to hospital by ambulance some time later.
The excellent referee Hallam Cutmore allowed the players and Club officials to make a decision on whether the game should resume with the ultimate decision resting rightly with King’s Lynn. They agreed that the game should continue and so after a delay of approximately forty minutes the match was restarted with a drop ball.
The Ives went close to grabbing a goal once in the remaining 20 minutes as Kelly rose highest to a Jack Higgs corner on 77 minutes and rattled the crossbar with his header. The final half chance of the night fell to Revan for the Linnets two minutes from time as he again tried to jink his way through and almost made it, but Trebes was quickly off his line to bravely plunge in and smother the ball at his feet.
So to the deciding shoot out. An excellent penalty by Jack Higgs was followed by an equally comprehensive one from Sam Gaughran. Luke Pearson pulled off an excellent save to keep out O’Malley’s effort. Kelly, Jordan Jarrold and Scott Sinclair each slotted well struck spot kicks, but were matched with three from the Linnets. With the score at 4-4 Revan stepped up with the chance to win it for the visitors, but Trebes plunged to his right to deny him and take it to sudden death.
Seymour-Shove coolly slotted home, but was matched by Mills. Liam McDevitt then sent Pearson the wrong way to give Trebes the chance to claim the plaudits as he again went to his right to keep out Quigley’s well struck effort.
So it is the Ives that progress to the second round. But on an evening like this we must all remember that in spite of Bill Shankly’s words there are more important things in life than football and we all wish Matt Castellan a speedy recovery.
St Ives team : Trebes, O’Malley, Coulson, McDevitt, Chaffey (capt), Higgs, Seymour-Shove, Harradine (Sinclair 80), Phillips (Leavers 66), Kelly, Dawkin (Jarrold 76)
Unused subs : De’ath, McGowan
Goals : none
Supporters Man of the Match : Tim Trebes
Final Score : St Ives Town 0 King’s Lynn Town 0 (St Ives won 6-5 on penalties)
Attendance : 137