JPL U16 Cup Competition
Penalty Shoot Out Result: Torquay 4 - 3 Cirencester
- competition : JPL U16 Cup Competition
- date : 04/01/2020
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Tufc U16s v Cirencester U16s
Torquay United u16s (1) 1 Cirencester (0) 1
Torquay won 4-2 on penalties
Torquay : Holbrook 31
Cirencester: Durdu 53
Torquay progressed in the JPL Cup against Cirencester, going through via the penalty shootout after the two sides had played out a 1-1 draw.
It was Zac Moss in the Torquay goal who was yet again the penalty shootout hero as he pulled off two saves to see his side home 4-2 on penalties.
There was little to choose between the two sides and in the main the defences were on top with chances at a premium. It was Torquay who took the lead on 31 minutes though when a long kick by home keeper Rhys Williams saw Theo Cadby go up for a challenge with a Cirencester defender, the ball fell kindly in behind the visitors defence and Holbrook smashed a powerful effort just inside the near post.
Cirencester levelled things up though on 53 minutes though when a clearance from out wide on the visitors left found Durdu in behind the home defence and as Moss in the home goal advanced the striker managed to lob an effort over him for the equaliser.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout but neither side could find a winner in the 80 minutes and so the game went straight to penalties.
Crucially Moss in the home goal dived to his left to save the visitors first effort and it then fell to his teammates to capitalise which they did in style with confident penalties slotted home by Cadby, Stayt, Holbrook and finally Edmonds who was coolness personified as he converted twice as his kick had to be retaken as he had gone before the referee’s whistle.
Cirencester knee they had to convert their final kick to keep the shootout alive and their player opted to go straight down the middle, but Moss in the hone goal stood his ground and saved down low to secure the win.
It was an excellent game, played in the right spirit by two evenly matched teams on the day. A special mention should go to Ollie Hardiman in his role in the centre of the Torquay midfield who was excellent throughout and would have been down to take the fifth and decisive penalty if his teammates hadn’t have saved him the job!
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