The second-half was far more evenly contested, and midway through the second-half Sussex were made to pay for those missed chances, as Gardner & Scardifield were correctly awarded a penalty. Dave Neal stepped up for the visitors and calmly tucked the ball in sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
However, the drama was far from over, with 10 minutes to go, our Football Development Officer, Sean Lofting, found space in the area and slotted into the far corner to restore the lead.
But, in what was a drama-filled second-half, it would have been naïve to think it was done there, with seconds remaining Gardner & Scardifield equalised with a thunderous strike from the outside of the box that flew in and set us up for the drama of penalties.
After two missed attempts from Gardner & Scardifield, three perfect penalties gave Sussex the chance to win it with a fourth. Following on from his display against Heartbeat United on Bank Holiday Monday, Referee Development Administrator, Ciaran Kane, had the opportunity to go from zero to hero. Of course he did so in emphatic fashion, placing the penalty into the corner to win the shield for Sussex!
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