Peacehaven came back from the dead to claim their second cup
final place. Two nil down, with fifteen minutes left, they
somehow found the goals to take them to a penalty shoot out.
That was where new keeper Joe Adams took centre stage, saving
all three Crawley Down penalties. Rob O'Toole's decisive spot
kick took the Tye through to the RUR Cup final against Wick.
Crawley Down took the lead midway through the first half, as
Matt Beeston stole in to put the Anvils in front.
Tom Levitt was inches away from equalising with a low shot just
after half time, but at the other end a speculative effort from
Lee Wood hit the bar.
When Sam Cane broke from midfield to put Down two goals ahead it
looked to be all over for Peacehaven. They grabbed a lifeline
when an almighty scramble culminated in Dan Smith smashing them
back into contention.
From then on it was mayhem, with Peacehaven throwing everything
into an increasingly desperate search for an equaliser. They had
already had two efforts scrambled off the line before O'Toole
slipped in the leveller.
Neither side was able to land a knockout blow in extra time, so
we went to the dreaded shoot out. Adams saved from Lee Butcher,
Tony Reid and Nick Sullivan, and with Peacehaven hitting two out
of three past Shayne Goldsmith it gave O'Toole the chance to
take his side through. He took full advantage, and against the
odds Peacehaven were through.
Adams, Hall, Hill (R Smith 75), Jones, Millis, Burton , Marshall
(D Smith 60), Snell, Newman (R O'Toole 75), Levitt, Wilkinson
(Report by Alex