Spot-kick heartbreak for Seconds

Solent University 2nds after falling to defeat on penalties (Photo: Filip Peroni)

SOLENT University’s second team suffered a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat at University of Bath FOURTH XI in the BUCS Western Challenge Cup.

Despite the home side being a league above Solent in The BUCS Western Third division, David Stead’s side were more than an even match for them, and even had the best chances of a game that finished goalless after 90 minutes.

Towards the end of the first half, Deontai Stewart slipped in Andrae Stevens one on one, who beat the keeper but also saw his shot cannon back off the crossbar.

That exact rebound fell out to Yas who volleyed the ball from the edge of the area and back off the crossbar as well.

Solent continued to threaten with Raithe Standen twice coming close to breaking the deadlock, but couldn’t open the scoring, leaving a penalty shootout to decide who would progress.

Solent went first with Standen, who saw his effort saved by the Bath keeper.

Standing-in Solent goalie Ryan got a hand to Bath’s corresponding penalty, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep the ball out of the net.

Stevens went next for the seconds, and like Standen, had his effort denied, which was swiftly followed by another goal for Bath.

Deontai Stewart stepped up next for Solent and confidently knocked the ball to the keeper’s left, but Bath’s next penalty was also put home.

Rhys Lock plucked up the courage to take the deciding spot kick, which the keeper was equal to, sending Bath into the next round of the competition.

Second’s manager David Stead was still delighted with his side’s performance throughout the 90 minutes, however.

“It was disappointing all our hard work came down to penalties because we definitely had the best chances in the game.

“We’re also still yet to concede in four games of football so far this season so it’s important we don’t dwell on it and look at the positives.”