The second-half continued in much the same way as the first had ended, with Hastings dominating proceedings as they searched for an opening.
Once again it was Ufuah who looked to potentially be the difference for the visitors, as 10 minutes into the half he fired a curling effort from just outside the box, but it was well saved by a diving Alex Bellingham in the Crawley Down goal.
As the half wore on, United’s frustration started to grow, with Sam Okoye picking up the first yellow card of the half for a late challenge on the edge of the box.
With the clock ticking down, the visitors started to ramp up the pressure on the home side.
Hastings’ Tushaun Walters fired in a long-range effort of his own on 78 minutes, but again Bellingham was able to watch it all the way into his gloves.
Just a few minutes later though Hastings finally had the ball in the Crawley Down net, thanks to an acrobatic effort Jason Fregene, who’s overhead kick was fired past Bellingham – however the flag of the assistant referee for offside put a halt to the celebrations.
With 90 minutes having nearly elapsed, it seemed that only penalties would be able to separate the two sides.
Yet the Anvils weren’t done just yet.
With just minutes left, Lewis Gould made a darting run to the near post and managed to get a first time shot away, but Hastings’ Charlie Grainger was alive to the danger to make his first save of the game and turn the ball behind for a corner.
With the score still at 0-0 when referee Daniel D’Urso blew his whistle, the penalty shootout ensued, with both sides clinically dispatching their first four penalties.
Yet as the pressure ramped up, Crawley Down’s Jamie Bakhit was the first to blink, sending his penalty over the bar.
With all eyes now on Hastings’ Tommy Penfold, he rose to the occasion and calmly slotted home the winning penalty to send his side through to the Quarter-Finals of the Sussex Transport Senior Cup.
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
SUSSEX TRANSPORT SENIOR CUP ROUND 3 RESULTS
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