The Ants sectional league cup campaign came to an end with a spot-kick victory over Greenock at McKenna Park to take the bonus point on offer following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the match when ALAN FRIZZELL shot through a ruck of players past Patrick after a ball into the box was only partially cleared to the end of the box, Both teams had chances with Edwards and McGarroch going close for the Ants and Miller and Brown doing likewise for the visitors before the Ants were quite literally handed a penalty when ref Christie pointed to the spot following a handball in the box. Fresh from his debut double v Annfield Plain DAVID EDWARDS stepped up to give former Ants keeper Graham Black no chance from 12 yards to level it at 1-1 with 21 minutes on the clock. Greenock almost took the lead just after the half hour but Ants keeper Sean Patrick pulled off a great double save, injuring his eye in the process although continuing on despite his eye looking like it was closing over. It seemed it would be all square at the break but right on the stroke of half time the visitors once again went in front when Cameron found SCOTT MILLER with a cut back and he slammed the ball past Ants keeper Patrick to regain the one goal advantage.
HALF TIME – ANTS 1 (EDWARDS 21) v 2 GREENOCK (FRIZZELL 8, MILLER 45)
The second half was more of the same with both sides creating half chances and the game flowing from end to end, the next goal didn’t come until the 70th minute when Edwards turned provider as his corner saw GRAEME CRAWFORD leap highest in the box to head past Black to level the match at 2-2. Neither side could find a winner, Greenock coming closest with an effort that came back off the bar, whilst the Ants had some half chances of their own and the match would be decided from the spot.
FULL TIME – ANTS 2 (EDWARDS 21, CRAWFORD 70) v 2 GREENOCK (FRIZZELL 8, MILLER 45)
Greenock were first up for the spot kicks and made it 1-0, then Edwards levelled at 1-1, Houlihan restored Greenock’s lead to make it 2-1 before Leszczynski made it 2-2, Next up Patrick guessed right to deny Guthrie then Sinclair made it 3-2 Ants, Paterson levelled at 3-3 before Crawford made it 4-3 Ants, Greenock captain Doherty was next up but Patrick once again guessed correctly to deny Greenock and the Ants had picked up the bonus point
Ants win 4-3 on Pens
|July 31, 2019||7:00 pm||West Region Sectional League Cup||2019-20||90'|
|392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Saint Anthony’s FC||1||1||2|