3s edge out Eastbournians on penalties

27 Apr 2021

The OHAFC 3rd XI came from two goals down to score twice in the final fifteen minutes and force a penalty shootout with the Old Eastbournians in Saturday's Gareth Dineen Trophy quarter-final. A couple of fine saves from skipper Tom Mitchell and four well-taken Harrow penalties ensured the Blues progressed into the semi-finals, emerging 4-2 victors from the shootout.

Despite enjoying the better of the early stages, the visitors fell behind to an Eastbourne counter after twenty minutes, a failed attempt at playing the offside trap allowing a one-on-one that was duly finished. Skipper Mitchell then kept the visitors in the match with a couple of excellent saves, but a fumbled cross gifted the hosts a second and the Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

A frantic second half saw both sides pour forwards, but the comeback only looked on in the final fifteen minutes, Fraser McGuinness scoring his first ever goal for the club, scrambling the ball over the line after Kojo Frimpong's shot had been saved. Frimpong himself then sent the tie to penalties with a well-taken strike five minutes from time.

The shootout went Harrow's way from the first kick, Eastbournians sending their effort wide of goal and a few minutes later Toby Colehan scored the decisive fourth for the visitors to complete the turnaround.

The 3s must now wait to see who their next opponents will be.

Saturday's team sheet and match report are now available in the results section here.