South reach last eight
SAINTS SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS 1ST (SOUTH WON 4-2 ON PENALTIES) 2 2
SOUTH MANCHESTER Sports marched into the quarter-finals of the Accountants League Cup with a nail-biting penalty shoot-out victory over Saints.
Having already secured the Accountants Handicup, South Manchester overcame a host of key absentees to hold their nerve and return to winning ways.
Toby Levy, Mark Addis, Adam Lavin and Mark Stewart were all absent from the start and things got worse after 20 minutes when with his team a goal down, Mike Stratton came off feeling unwell.
Saints capitalised on some poor defending to build a 2-0 lead but great work from the inspirational Harvey Kaye allowed Marc Parry to pull one back before half time.
Kaye levelled things up early in the second half with a powerful right-foot strike into the top corner.
The tie went straight to penalties and Alex Koslover, Parry, Marc Yaffe and Kaye successfully converted for South allowing keeper Conor Rabbett to take centre stage with two excellent saves.
South Manchester manager Darryl Lee said: “We showed great spirit to come back and win the game, considering the amount of injuries to key players and we are still in with a chance of a league and cup treble.”
South Manchester’s will play PWC at the Armitage Centre in the last eight on April 15.