Cup glory for Seaford Town after thrilling penalty shootout win

Seaford Town enjoyed cup glory last night... after enduring a nail-biting penalty shootout.

Tobi Hutchinson’s men made it into the final of the Division Two Cup with a shootout win over Steyning Town after the two sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes.

The two defences were on top in the first 90 minutes at Saltdean United’s Hill Park, as the game went into extra-time with the score at 0-0.

Then seven minutes into overtime, Seaford took the lead when Tom Porter headed home well from a left wing corner.

It looked as though they were going to hold out at 1-0 – that was until Steyning scored an identical headed goal from a corner with just two minutes of extra time remaining.

That meant the dreaded penalty shootout, which went with the kicker for the first five – before Ben Barnett fired his effort over the bar.

The next two were scored, leaving Steyning needing to score to go through. But thankfully for Seaford, keeper Sheldon Levett was the hero and saved the opposition’s fifth kick superbly. And when Seaford scored their next, the scores were level and the shootout went into sudden death.

As supporters looked on anxiously, the next two penalties for each side were converted. The 15th penalty of the night was taken by Steyning keeper Matt Evans, who blasted his kick over the bar... leaving Harry Mills to grab the glory with the 16th and final kick. As his shot nestled in the back of the Steyning net, he immediately removed his shirt and ran to the corner flag to await the arrival of his ecstatic team-mates.

Seaford Town now await the result of the second semi-final at Worthing United tonight (Wednesday), when Littlehampton Town take on Loxwood. The final is to be played on Good Friday morning at a venue still to be decided.

Seaford Town’ FC’s website said: “Well done to Tobi and the boys, we were well proud of you tonight.”