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Heath through in a dramatic penalty shoot-out

On a damp miserable evening the hardy souls who turned out at the Crowborough Community Stadium for this Sussex Cup match probably needed cheering up and this long drawn out thriller was not going to disappoint.
The first half contained only one goal but the second half, extra time and subsequent penalties contained goals aplenty to keep the supporters buzzing.
Heath went behind after a few minutes to an absolute screamer from Boro’s Josh Bidd who beat Heath ‘keeper Chester from 45 yards out. That is how it remained as the wet and muddy teams went in for the break.
Early on in the second half the hosts made it 2-0 when their captain Sam Carrington took advantage of a Heath defensive error. This signalled a fight back and as Heath came more into the game Ollie Moore pulled one back in the 52nd minute. Four minutes later and it was 2-2 Tiago Andrade grabbing the equaliser.
Then, with a minute remaining, Heath looked to have won it when Merve Bhujun gave them the lead for the first time in the match. However right on the final whistle Heath ‘keeper Chester brought down Carrington and received a straight red. Carrington picked himself up and levelled to take the match to extra time.
The influential ‘Boro skipper and striker Carrington again looked to have turned the match in his teams favour when he completed his hat-trick in the first period of extra time that saw a bad injury to ‘Boro’s Josh Bidd. One more twist was to come in normal play however when Scott Weller popped up in the 120th minute to once again pull Heath level.
And so to penalties – with Heath without their goalkeeper. When they went 2-0 down on penalties it looked all over but as with the match it see-sawed and amazingly Heath pulled it round and it fell to Adam Wicking to slot the winning penalty and bring to an end an exciting, if not very wet, night of football.

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