It took penalties to separate Shoreham and Mile Oak last night after an end-to-end 1-1 draw, but it was the Musselmen who held their nerve to advance to the Second Round of the Sussex Transport Senior Cup, under the lights of The Edgar & Wood Stadium.
Yet whilst the home side might have hoped to be able to settle into the game, Mile Oak had other ideas.
Barely 10 minutes in, and a long ball launched over the top found their number nine Alex Masters, who was able to control and keep his composure to slot the ball past Sam Marsden in the Shoreham goal.
Shoreham were quick to rally however, attempting a number of times to play through their own striker Alex Patching, but the Mile Oak defence was well marshalled, and throughout the first-half, were able to keep him quiet.
Indeed, the next big chance of the game fell to Mile Oak once again, with Masters again proving to be their danger man, getting in behind the Shoreham defence and a shot in on goal, but this time Marsden was equal to it, palming it away for a corner.
With five minutes left of the half, the frustrations of the Shoreham players were starting to show.
First in the book was Ross Myers, for unsporting behaviour, after he was judged to have gone down in the opposition box without contact. Levi Martin then followed him, picking up a yellow card for a late challenge.
The second-half proceeded to bring more agony for the home supporters, as Myers received his second yellow just 10 minutes into the half, this time for a mistimed tackle, and was given his marching orders by referee John Pike.