Guisborough Town 1-1 Middlesbrough FC U23 (North Riding Senior Cup 2nd Round) (4-3 Pens)
|24/11/2021||19:45||North Riding Senior Cup||2021/22||314|
KO 53 68 82 FT
Guisborough Town hosted Middlesbrough FC’s under-23s side at a cold KGV Stadium last night, and it was the home side who emerged victorious after a penalty shootout.
Guisborough Town Assistant Manager Paul Crager swapped sides to the away dugout as he led the Middlesbrough youngsters, while ex-Priorymen manager Steve Dowling stepped into the home dugout to assist Steve Bell.
The game got off to a fairly quiet start, although a fast-paced one, with plenty of one-touch football being displayed by both sides.
The first breakthrough came in the 12th minute, when Guisborough striker Louis Johnson was brought down in the Middlesbrough box and the referee pointed to the spot. Johnson stepped up to take the penalty, but Middlesbrough goalkeeper Oliver Swann was equal to the forward’s effort, and smartly saved low to his right.
However, the Priorymen didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring. A clever run from left wing-back James Risbrough ensured that the ball was delivered perfectly to his feet, and after reaching the by-line he crossed the ball, and midfielder JJ Bartliff was there to dink the ball into the far corner and put the Priorymen 1-0 up.
Just after the half-hour mark at the other end of the pitch, Guisborough captain Charlie Marshall made a last-minute tackle to send the ball out for a Middlesbrough corner after Malik Dijksteel – younger brother of Boro first-team player Anfernee – weaved his way through the box and looked certain to score.
And it was Middlesbrough again who applied the pressure just two minutes before the referee blew his whistle for half time, but Guisborough goalkeeper Robert Dean made himself big and saved a low effort from the right.
The second half was much quieter than the first, but Guisborough manager Steve Bell was encouraging his side to stick at it and ‘talk through’ each 5 minute period. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute when there looked like another chance for Guisborough, as Oliver Swann took too long on the ball and Guisborough substitute striker Adam Preston closed him down and nearly got a goal from the rebound.
Just four minutes later at the other end, it was Alberto Balde, the right-back for Middlesbrough, who slotted the ball low into the bottom corner to grab the equaliser for the visitors.
Once again another chance came Preston’s way and after some clever footwork in the penalty area when surrounded by defenders, he was unlucky not to convert, as his right-footed effort fizzed just wide of the post.
Skipper Charlie Marshall was called upon once again with another great block in the closing stages of the game to prevent Middlesbrough scoring what was sure to be the winner, and with the game level at full-time, it went straight to penalties.
The Penalty Shootout
Middlesbrough were first to take their penalties, and it was calmly slotted into the bottom right corner. Up first for Guisborough was something you don’t see very often: goalkeeper Robert Dean! He smashed his penalty to the right of Swann in the Middlesbrough goal, equalising in the process.
Middlesbrough’s second penalty was scored, while midfielder George Waites stepped up for the Priorymen against his former club, and calmly slotted it straight down the middle.
The third penalty taker for Middlesbrough put too much power behind his shot and it flew over the bar, to cheers from the Guisborough supporters in the KGV. However, the celebrations were short lived as James Risbrough’s penalty to give Guisborough the advantage was smartly saved by Swann.
Middlesbrough took their advantage, and went 3-2 up, before JJ Bartliff smashed his penalty into the roof of the net to level the scores at 3-3.
Up stepped Middlesbrough’s fifth penalty taker, but Guisborough goalkeeper Deano was equal to it, and saved it to his right. To win the game, up stepped substitute Keelan Wright-Simpson, who buried his penalty and won the game for The Priorymen.
Report: Chester Ollivier
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|King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE|