Manley hails Old Boys hero Dugdale

Barnston 3-3 Old Southendian Reserves
(Old Southendian Reserves won 3-2 on penalties)

MANAGER Dave Manley hailed his Old Southendian Reserves – particularly goalkeeper, George Dugdale – after they recovered a two-goal deficit a before winning a dramatic Essex Premier Cup penalty shootout at Barnston.

Olly Tatton-Bennett had cancelled out Barnston’s opener. However, the Old Boys found themselves 3-1 in arrears and looked to be on their way out of the competition.

Harry Dacosta gave the visitors hope. Then the same player forced the shootout with an equaliser – providing a cool finish after showing huge determination to find an opening.

It was then Dugdale’s turn to claim the limelight – the stopper rebuffing three of Barnston’s kicks, then scoring one of his own as the Old Boys prevailed 3-2.

“The lads showed great character, resilience and bouncebackability after last weeks disappointment,” Manley told Yellow Sport.

“We never gave up and always believed, even at 3-1 down with twenty mins to go.

“We held our nerve in the penalty shootout with a fantastic display from George in the sticks who saved three penalties and scored one too.”

Brian Jeeves

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