Penalty Heartache for Motors

Macron Cup

Bootle 2 v 2 Vauxhall Motors  (Bootle won 4-2 on penalties)


The Motormen suffered the worst possible exit from the League’s Macron Cup away at Premier Division club Bootle last Friday evening, by losing a penalty shoot out, having led the tie 2-0 early into the second half.

Bootle began strongly but it was the visitors who grabbed the lead on 13 minutes when Danny Cross finished in style with a shot into the corner of the home net.  After this, Motors took a firm grip of the tie and threatened to extend their lead before the break.  As it was, they had to wait until the 54th minute before doing so, Kieran Hamm heading Motors into a 2-0 lead.

The visitors then seemed happy to park the bus, only to finish up defending for long spells.  The hosts finally broke through on 75 minutes to reduce the deficit and give themselves some hope.  Motors seemed to be heading into the next round as time passed by but on 89 minutes, Bootle struck an equaliser to break Motors hope of a giant killing.

The tie went straight to a penalty shoot out with Motors taking first pop.  Cross and Declan Drysdale both converted their spot kicks but two misses meant that the home club progressed, as they tucked away all four of their penalties.

Meanwhile in the F. A. Vase Second Round draw made last Monday, the Motormen have been drawn at home to Runcorn Town of the Premier Division and this exciting looking derby is due to be played a week on Friday (2nd November) at the Syncreon Arena kicking off at 7.45pm.

Vauxhall:  Leigh, Carlin, Mason, Drysdale, Mitchell, Quinn, Exell (Waring 85), Murray, Hamm (Greenop 60), Brandon, Cross, Brandon.  Sbs not used: Kirkham, Scarisbrick.