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FFA Cup: Tuggeranong progress on penalties

FFACup_RO32_SH_v_TUTuggeranong United are through to the final 16 of the 2014 FFA Cup, following a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout win over South Hobart.

The ACT-based side scored in the 85th minute to cancel out a 69th minute own goal, and send the game into extra time and, eventually, a penalty shootout.

In a scoreless first half, the home side had the greater share of possession, and were the stronger team on the balance of play.

Andy Brennan was causing problems for Tuggeranong early on down the left wing, with a run into the box in the 4th minute requiring a last-ditch clearance by the Tuggeranong defence.

A loose clearance just minutes later fell to Brennan, who was brought down on the edge of the box. Despite protestations from the healthy crowd in attendance at KGV Park, referee Patrick Chaplin adjudged the foul to have taken place outside the box. The subsequent free kick was hit straight into the Tuggeranong wall, and comfortably cleared by the Tuggeranong defence.

However, it was Tuggeranong’s incisive counter-attacking style that almost led to them taking an early lead. In the 11th minute, a through ball to Matt Menser put the attacker through one-on-one with Mark Moncur. The South Hobart keeper was up to the task, though, saving well down to his right.

On the half hour mark, Tuggeranong had another chance, when Tom Ruiz was released with a long ball over the South Hobart defence. At full pace, Ruiz stretched and lobbed the ball over Moncur, only to see it narrowly clear the crossbar.

At the other end, Brennan was still causing issues for Tuggeranong, combining well with Ben Hamlett and Hugh Undy. Undy was in the thick of it in the 34th minute, when he found himself with the ball at his feet after some pinball in the area. The resulting shot, however, was deflected up and over the bar for a corner.

Hamlett enjoyed South Hobart’s best chance of the half after 38 minutes, when he found himself in acres of space after a piece of individual brilliance to control the ball around two Tuggeranong defenders. Much to his frustration, Hamlett’s shot from outside the penalty area dipped narrowly over the bar.

With half time seconds away, an in-swinging corner for Tuggeranong found the head of Harry Pettit, whose free header disappointingly flashed wide of the far post.

Tuggeranong were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, with Colbertaldo forcing a great, low save out of Moncur, before Jon Reis shot narrowly wide of the far post following a clever give-and-go on the edge of the South Hobart penalty area.

In the 64th minute, South Hobart went close through Brayden Mann, with Shepherd saving well to his left after Mann received a cut-back pass from the pacy Brennan.

Minutes later, though, and the home side would take the lead. Mann held the ball up well, before feeding it out wide to the right wing for a low cross. Morton’s pressure in the area forced Sean Kiddey into a mistake, with the cross deflected past Shepherd and into the back of the net for an unfortunate own goal.

Tuggeranong made two changes in the final 20 minutes, looking to get the game back on level terms. With five minutes left in the contest, a long throw from Kiddie found Reis, who flicked the ball on for  substitute Zachary Munster. The tall forward made no mistake, heading home past Moncur from close range to even the ledger.

South Hobart pushed for a winner in regulation time, but back-to-back corners proved fruitless, with the game heading to extra time.

Tuggeranong again started the stronger in extra time, with long throws from Kiddie repeatedly causing issues for the South Hobart defence. Muad Zwed had the best chance of extra time in the 98th minute, with a ferocious strike from the left side of the area rebounding out off the underside of the crossbar. The follow-up effort trickled agonisingly toward goal, with South Hobart able to desperately clear it off the line.

South Hobart would’ve had the lead in the 106th minute if not for a fabulous, reflex save by Shepherd. A deflected cross from the right found substitute Darcy Hall, whose quick-fire effort produced a fine stop by the Tuggeranong ‘keeper.

Both teams pushed hard for a winner in the final 10 minutes of extra time, but neither could find a decisive strike, and the game headed to penalties.

With Undy skying his spot kick for South Hobart, and Ethan Munster’s effort rebounding back off the crossbar, the ledger was tied at 4-4 after the first five spot-kicks. Then, from the sixth penalty, Shepherd saved Caleb Ludlow’s effort away to his left, allowing Harry Pettit to step up and place his penalty under Moncur to put Tuggeranong through to the final 16.

South Hobart squad: 1.Mark MONCUR (GK), 2.Liam SCOTT, 3.Caleb LUDLOW, 4.Scott LAMONT, 5.Hugh LUDFORD, 6.Christopher HUNT, 7.Nicholas MORTON, 8.Joseph STEVENS, 9.Brayden MANN, 10.Andy BRENNAN, 11.Benjamin HAMLETT, 12.Harrison THOMAS, 13.Hugh UNDY, 14.Matthew LEWIS, 15.Darcy HALL, 16.Connor KASS, 17.Chris DOWNES, 21.Nicholas BECKER (GK)

Tuggeranong United squad: 1.Mitchell MCKENZIE (GK), 2.Cameron DOHERTY, 3.Jon REIS, 4.Jon TOOLE, 5.Chris RUIZ, 6.Sean KIDDEY, 7.Matt MENSER, 8.Tim STEWART, 9.Michael GURNEY, 10.Muad ZWED, 11.Ethan MUNSTER, 13.Sean MURPHY, 14.Daniel COLBERTALDO, 15.Harry PETTIT, 16.Jordan GLOVER, 17.Tom RUIZ, 18.Zachary MUNSTER, 20.Rohan SHEPHERD (GK)

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