Former Norwich goalkeeper Jake Hallett the penalty hero as Moneyfields dump Gosport Borough out of Portsmouth Senior Cup
Jake Hallett was the hero as Moneyfields began their Portsmouth Senior Cup defence with a 4-2 penalties victory over Gosport Borough.
The former Norwich City stopper saved Ryan Woodford’s spot-kick in the shoot-out while Theo Lewis also missed from 12 yards as the Moneys came through the third round encounter after it had ended 1-1 in 90 minutes at Dover Road.
Steve Hutchings, Conor Bailey, Connor Hoare and Jake Raine all netted their penalties to send defending champions into the quarter-finals to face Denmead.
Hoare’s fine strike from just outside the area on 18 minutes had fired Dave Carter’s side in front.
However, Gosport forced a shoot-out when Chris Flood struck after the hosts had failed to clear their lines 11 minutes from time.
But Carter was impressed by the way his side composed themselves to come through on penalties.
The Moneys boss also hailed the performance of goalkeeper Hallett, who was featuring for the second time after returning from a sustained spell out with a hernia injury.
‘Jake had been out for 12 weeks and came back on Saturday,’ said Carter.
‘He makes a massive difference for us and he’s a big unit in there.
‘It was a brilliant save from him in the first half from Josh Huggins to tip his strike onto the crossbar.
‘Jake’s got bags of potential.
‘He’s only 20 and was a full-time professional at Norwich.
‘Jake wants to get back to that level.
‘He’s a great frame and the hero for us in this round.’
Hoare did a fine job nabbing the ball off Lewis before driving forward and firing home from just outside the area to hand Moneyfields the lead on 18 minutes.
Gosport were seeing plenty of the ball but failing to find a way through a resolute Moneys backline.
Josh Huggins fired a superb first-time volley from 18 yards just wide of the post on 29 minutes.
Hallett then pulled off a brilliant save to tip Huggins’ fierce drive onto the crossbar four minutes later.
But it was the hosts who came within a whisker of doubling their advantage 20 minutes from time.
Jamie Ford's powerful header sent Hutchings racing away. He held off defender Sam Roberts before firing a shot which came back out off a post.
Chris Flood capitalised as Moneyfields failed to clear their lines, slotting past Hallett to send the tie to penalties 11 minutes from the end.
But Borough’s Woodford saw his spot-kick saved and Lewis struck post from 12 yards as Moneyfields came through 4-2 on penalties.
The Moneys will continue their Portsmouth Senior Cup defence with a quarter-final tie against Hampshire League Division 1 outfit Denmead.