It was Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College who claimed glory in dramatic style, after their final against Skegness Academy in the District Football Tournament, went down to a penalty shootout.
The final, held at London Road, Louth, kicked off with both teams enjoying good spells of possession but carving out no real clear-cut chances.
Midway through the first half, MDTC’s Joe Wrisdale’s amazing run ended in him being fouled in the Skegness penalty area, but the referee waved away the strong appeals for a spot kick.
It was the Skegness team who came back strongly and after a few intricate passes were soon thundering the ball towards the Louth goalkeeper, stinging the palms of ‘keeper Tom James.
MDTC came back, chances for Marcus Collins and Eddy Addison, but the score was level at half-time.
After the break, Monks’ Dyke came out the stronger of the two teams and Mr Wright’s half time team talk paid immediate dividends when Ed Addison’s sweetly-struck shot flew into the top corner of the Skegness net.
Skegness hit back midway through the second half as a free-kick was launched into the MDTC box and eluded everyone apart from the Skegness striker, who was on hand to unleash a rocket of a shot into the net.
Both teams then pushed for the second goal and with only eight minutes to go, Skegness found the net. The ball was crossed into the box and was headed away by the MDTC Captain, Dan Parkes, but fell to a Skegness midfielder who made no mistake, slamming his full volley into the back of the net.
However, Monks’ Dyke failed to give up, and Mitch Taylor’s accurate long pass fell to Joe Wrisdale who was bundled over yet again in the Skegness penalty box. For the second time during the match, the referee waved away an appeal for a penalty.
In the final few minutes of the match, short sharp passes between Ed Addison and Joe Wrisdale, resulted in Wrisdale being wiped out in the penalty area for the third time. This time the referee dramatically awarded Monks’ Dyke a penalty in the dying seconds of the game.
The responsibility was handed to Tom McGrath who clinically dispatched his penalty into the bottom right-hand corner.
Extra-time was needed and Tom McGrath was put in goal, but neither team wanted to over commit players forward and the teams were still locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes and penalties were needed.
Skegness won the toss and chose to shoot first, making no mistake and sending Tom McGrath the wrong way.
Up stepped Wrisdale who coolly slotted his penalty home. At the next attempt, Skegness’s shot was saved, but MDTC’s James Larder made no mistake.
The third penalty for Skegness was also saved by McGrath, who dived to his left to deny the striker, and when Eddy Addison stepped up and placed his shot under the Skegness ‘keeper’s body, MDTC were in control.
Skegness scored their fourth spot kick, but Mitch Taylor stepped up and stroked his penalty out of reach of the ‘keeper to seal the District Championship 2014.
Understandably Tom McGrath was awarded the Man of the Match trophy.