Banbury United Under 18's progressed to the second Round of the Midland Junior Premier League Under 18 League Cup with a penalty shoot out triumph over Bedworth United Under 18's. Having drew 3 - 3 the previous Saturday in the league Banbury were well aware of how difficult a tie this would be. Their cause was not helped by the league's top scorer Ryan Mac Donald being withdrawn from the squad as he was needed for first team duty and we wished him well in their match at Stourbridge. The game was a tight affair in the opening exchanges as both sides looked to create clear chances, but this was proving difficult. Banbury did get the ball in the net, but Josh Wynne's effort was ruled out for offside. The first -half finished goalless and the second half started with Bedworth looking to get on top of the game. However, Banbury resisted the early pressure and began to look the better side. the deadlock was broken just before the hour when Dan Lydon fed Lewis Dear on the right who sent in an excellent cross where Josh Wynne headed superbly pass the Bedworth Keeper. However, Bedworth always were capable of causing problems and just 10 minutes later they equalised when their player ran into the box and was afforded time to shoot into the roof of the net. Bedworth actually thought they had taken the lead with 15 minutes to go, but their shot came back out off the post. The game finished 1 - 1 and the league rules state there is no extra time and so it was straight to penalties. Banbury went first with Dan Lydon scoring. Bedworth scored their first one as well. Lewis Dear was up next for Banbury and he also scored. Bedworth levelled it up at 2-2 with their next kick. Josh Wynne scored Banbury's third penalty to keep the pressure on Bedworth. Their third penalty was saved well br Charlie Barnett diving to his left. Banbury now lead the shoot out 3 - 2. Charlie Page stepped up to take Banbury's fourth penalty and scored. so with Banbury now leading 4 - 2 Bedworth had to score their next penalty to stay in the contest. This they couldn't manage as Charlie Barnett became the "hero" of the day with a fine penalty save this time to his right. It is never nice to miss a penalty so consolation to the two Bedworth players who did. For Banbury, it always take a lot of bravery to offer to take a penalty in these situations and credit to the lads who did. Banbury now face league leaders Rushall Olympic away in the next round on the 2nd of February.
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Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.