Bat­tling Shailes keeps nerve in shootout


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

IT WAS very spe­cial mo­ment when cap­tain Har­vey Shailes scored in the shoot-out to guide Hare­field United un­der-13s into the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals on Sun­day.

The young­ster, pic­tured be­low right, was mak­ing his re­turn af­ter four months on the side­lines due to an arthritic con­di­tion he has suf­fered with since the age of four.

But that didn’t stop him help­ing his side come back from 3-1 down with five min­utes re­main­ing in a thrilling tie against Bed­grove Dy­namos, be­fore win­ning on penal­ties.

Shailes’ step­dad Mark Groves said: “Har­vey’s a very spe­cial and pop­u­lar kid. He goes through weekly treat­ment at both Hilling­don and Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tals, has to take daily med­i­ca­tion and yet has a per­ma­nent smile on his face and never moans. He never misses a train­ing ses­sion, so be­ing out for four months was very dif­fi­cult for him.”

Bed­grove struck first but Hare­field drew level through Alex Groves. How­ever r within min­utes of the sec­ondnd half start­ing, two quick­fire e goals put Bed­grove 3-1 up, and only a re­markkable goalline clear­ance e from Shailes kept t Hare­field in the game.

That spurred themm on, and with five min­utes re­main­ing, Noah Tem­time pulling one back from Kristof Gasztonyi’s cross and the equaliser ar­rived just sec­onds from time, when Joe Smith gob­bled up the re­bound af­ter the Bed­grove keeper spilt the ball in his own six-yard box. The tie went straight to spot kicks and, am amaz­ingly, the first five were missed, Hares keeper Za Zak Arvis keep­ing out three from Bed­grove be­fore Shailes calmly found th the top cor­ner. Gaszto Gasztonyi also scored, while B Bed­grove net­ted two to ta take it to sud­den death. There, Tem­time wa was on tar­get once m more and when Arvis saved again, Groves stepped up to put h his side through.

SPOT-KICK KINGS: Hare­field United un­der-13s.

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