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Integro League Cup Lilywhites progress but Tigers are eliminated
Wednesday 29th November 2017 @ 15:18 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

After a thoroughly entertaining end to end 3-3 draw Mossley edged through to the next round of the Integro NPL Cup beating Evo-stik Premier Division leaders Altrincham 5-4 on penalties.

It was the visitors who created the first opening but the chance was scrambled clear before Mossley opened the scoring with their first serious raid in the 10th minute. Harry Pratt flicked a great through ball into the path of Liam Ellis who calmly slotted past the stranded Tim Deasy.

The lead was however short lived as Altrincham took control with two quick fire goals by Robins skipper Josh Hancock. On 12 minutes he shook off Elliot Harrison’s challenge and hammered a superb 25 yard drive into the top corner of the Mossley net giving Oliver Martin no chance.

Four minutes later Hancock struck again, this time he got on the end of Sam Sheridan’s long ball to clip the ball over the advancing Martin.

The visitors then enjoyed a spell of possession where they threatened to wrap the game up with wingers Walsh and Palma causing plenty of problems but the Lilywhites held firm and in the 35th minute found an equaliser.

Mason Duffy cut inside from the left wing and his drive into a crowded box was deflected into the path of Adam Latham who scored from close range to level the tie.

The second half was just seven minutes old when Rio Ahmadi replaced Ellis and the game flowed from end to end with Martin making a couple of decent saves while Mike Fish and Harry Pratt threatened for Mossley.

There were ten minutes left on the clock when Altrincham’s Mason Walsh made his second rash challenge of the night and was shown a red card but within four minutes the visitors seemingly wrapped up the tie when Hancock completed his hat-trick turning home at the far post following a right wing move.

Mossley worked hard when trying to find an equaliser and there were chances for Ahmadi and Keenan Quansah who both headed wide as the minutes ticked away with the visitors pulling everyone back behind the ball.

However, the drama wasn’t finished as the game entered it’s fifth minute of a signaled 5 minutes added time. Adam Latham appeared to be off-side when he raced through a gap but when he received a return pass from Rio Ahmadi he calmly picked his spot to fire past several bodies and jubilantly into the net for a dramatic late, late equaliser sending the game to penalties.

The shoot out saw nine great shots find the net. Tom Dean, Mike Fish, Rio Ahmadi, Adam Latham and late substitute Mike Taylor were faultless for Mossley while Hancock, Shaun Densmore, Jake Moult and Jordan Hulme were similarly successful for the visitors before one time Mossley player Connor Hampson saw his spot kick superbly saved by Oliver Martin to send Mossley happily and dramatically through to the next round.

By Mossley Web


Meanwhile, Hyde United were eliminated form the Integro League Cup at Ramsbottom United.

After the game had finished 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes, the tie was taken straight to penalties, which Ramsbottom won 4-3. Former Glossop player Ben Richardson scored the winning spot kick.